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  1. the operation, practice, or art of tilling land.
  2. tilled land.
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Origin of tillage

First recorded in 1480–90; till2 + -age
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Related Words for tillage

estate, soil, terrain, home, earth, continent, ground, plot, district, area, field, homeland, territory, beach, province, parcel, countryside, acreage, tract, nation

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Historical Examples of tillage

  • They are, no doubt, less now than they were originally, owing to the effects of time and tillage.

    Y Gododin


  • She appeals to the Immortals for instruction in tillage with a view to security and welfare.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • And thus much for the tillage and ordering of this white Sand.

    The English Husbandman

    Gervase Markham

  • The tillage of the neighbourhood for ten miles round is doubled in a few years.

    A Tour in Ireland

    Arthur Young

  • It is much under sheep; but towards Clonmel there is a great deal of tillage.

    A Tour in Ireland

    Arthur Young

British Dictionary definitions for tillage


  1. the act, process, or art of tilling
  2. tilled land
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Word Origin and History for tillage


late 15c., from till (v.) + -age.

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