fallow

[f_ˈa_l_əʊ], [fˈalə͡ʊ], [fˈalə‍ʊ]

Definitions of fallow:

  1.   Pale red or pale yellow; as, a fallow deer; left to rest after tillage; untilled; uncultivated; neglected; " Break up your fallow ground."- Jer. iv. 3; " Her predecessors did but sometimes cast up the ground; and so leaving it fallow, it became quickly overgrown with weeds."- Howell; unoccupied; neglected; unused. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   To plough, harrow, and break land without seeding it. A green fallow, fallow where land is rendered mellow and clean from weeds by some green crop, as turnips, & c. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3.   Ploughed and left unsown; untilled; unemployed. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4.   Land plowed but left unseeded. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5.   A green fallow, in England, fallow where land is rendered mellow and clean from weeds by means of some green crop, as turnips, potatoes, etc. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6.   Land left unsown. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7.   To plough up land without seeding it. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8.   Applied to one of the deer kind of a brownish bay colour. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9.   To fade; to become yellow. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10.   Land that has lain a year or more untilled or unseeded; land ploughed without being sowed; the ploughing or tilling of land, without sowing it, for a season; as, summer fallow, properly conducted, has ever been found a sure method of destroying weeds; " By a complete summer fallow, land is rendered tender and mellow."- Sir J. Sinclair. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11.   Plowed but not sown for the season; untilled; of a pale yellow or reddish- yellow color. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12.   To plough, harrow, and break land without seeding it, for the purpose of destroying weeds and insects and rendering it mellow; as, it is found to be for the interest of the farmer to fallow cold, strong, clayey land. In U. S. to summer- fallow land is to plough and cultivate it continually during the summer, in preparation for sowing wheat in the autumn. Some of the most progressive American farmers condemn summer- fallowing. They contend that, owing to evaporation under the summer heat, the practice is eventually detrimental to the soil. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13.   Land that has lain a year or more untilled or unseeded; the ploughing or tilling of land, without sowing it, for a season. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14.   Pale red or pale yellow; untilled; left to rest after tillage; not tilled; left unsowed after ploughing; uncultivated; unoccupied; neglected. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15.   Fallowness. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16.   To keep untilled. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17.   Applied to land which has lain a year or more untilled; land ploughed but not seeded for the season; neglected. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Quotes for fallow:

  1. The Mind that lies fallow but a single Day, sprouts up in Follies that are only to be killed by a constant and assiduous Culture. – Joseph Addison
  2. A love for humanity came over me, and watered and fertilised the fields of my inner world which had been lying fallow and this love of humanity vented itself in a vast compassion. – Georg Brandes
  3. Success breeds success, and failure leads to a sort of fallow period. – Felicity Kendal
  4. A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for a still longer period. – John Lothrop Motley
  5. In my work, there's a tremendous amount of rejection and waves of fertile and fallow times. – Marlo Thomas

Usage examples for fallow:

  1. On the other side of the valley I could see a pair of horses nod slowly across the fallow – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  2. Then, Sanders said they'd been building fires out in the fallow ground and moaning and chanting around them for a couple of days, and idling on the job. ” – Oomphel in the Sky by Henry Beam Piper
  3. “ No, Bellombre replied, with a smile; I do not let my brain lie fallow while I cultivate my fields. ” – Captain Fracasse by Theophile Gautier
  4. “ " It will see me through if I fallow said Grant. ” – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss
  5. Some pasture fields, some land in fallow plenty of brambles, and, at long intervals, a field with oxen at plough, this is what the traveller will see in April. ” – The Roman Question by Edmond About
  6. In her companion she must have discerned the makings of a possible husband or, at least, the opportunity to practise a talent of fascination she thinks ought not to lie fallow – A Top-Floor Idyl by George van Schaick
  7. May he remember the law of the " fallow and not be in too great a hurry. ” – Modern American Prose Selections by Various
  8. He has eneuch already, puir fallow – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  9. “ To plunge into the fallow field again were madness, the horsemen had surely seen him, and their sure- footed beasts could run over the furrows like rabbits. ” – A Victor of Salamis by William Stearns Davis
  10. The boy had turned and his brown eyes were fixed on a fallow field below. ” – His Family by Ernest Poole

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