the operation, practice, or art of tilling land.
tilled land.

Origin of tillage

First recorded in 1480–90; till2 + -age
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Examples from the Web for tillage

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

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

    A Tour in Ireland

    Arthur Young

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

    A Tour in Ireland

    Arthur Young

British Dictionary definitions for tillage



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

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

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