agriculture

Agriculture describes the practice of growing crops or raising animals. Someone who works as a farmer is in the agriculture industry.

The Latin root of agriculture is agri, or "field," plus cultura, "cultivation." Cultivating a piece of land, or planting and growing food plants on it, is largely what agriculture means. Raising animals for meat or milk also falls under the category of agriculture. If we didn't have agriculture, we'd all be running around the woods, picking berries and trying to shoot things.

Definitions of agriculture
  1. noun
    the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
    synonyms: farming, husbandry
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    animal husbandry
    breeding and caring for farm animals
    arboriculture, tree farming
    the cultivation of tree for the production of timber
    dairy farming, dairying
    the business of a dairy
    gardening, horticulture
    the cultivation of plants
    aquiculture, hydroponics, tank farming
    a technique of growing plants (without soil) in water containing dissolved nutrients
    mixed farming
    growing crops and feed and livestock all on the same farm
    planting
    putting seeds or young plants in the ground to grow
    ranching
    farming for the raising of livestock (particularly cattle)
    strip cropping
    cultivation of crops in strips following the contours of the land to minimize erosion
    subsistence farming
    farming that provides for the basic needs of the farmer without surpluses for marketing
    truck farming
    growing vegetables for the market
    drip culture
    a hydroponic method of growing plants by allowing nutrient solutions to drip slowly onto an inert medium in which the plants are growing
    insemination
    the act of sowing (of seeds in the ground or, figuratively, of germs in the body or ideas in the mind, etc.)
    landscape gardening, landscaping
    working as a landscape gardener
    market gardening
    the growing of vegetables or flowers for market
    floriculture, flower gardening
    the cultivation of flowering plants
    roundup
    the activity of gathering livestock together so that they can be counted or branded or sold
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    cultivation
    (agriculture) production of food by preparing the land to grow crops (especially on a large scale)
  2. noun
    a large-scale farming enterprise
    synonyms: agribusiness, factory farm
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    business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise
    the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
  3. noun
    the class of people engaged in growing food
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    class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum
    people having the same social, economic, or educational status
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