[f_ˈa_l_əʊ], [fˈalə͡ʊ], [fˈalə‍ʊ]

Definitions of fallow:

  1.   To keep untilled.
  2.   Land plowed but left unseeded.
  3.   The plowing 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.
  4.   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.
  5.   Pale red or pale yellow; as, a fallow deer or greyhound.
  6.   Applied to land which has lain a year or more untilled; land ploughed but not seeded for the season; neglected.
  7.   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.
  8.   Fallowness.
  9.   Land that has lain a year or more untilled or unseeded; the ploughing or tilling of land, without sowing it, for a season.
  10.   To make, keep, or become fallow.
  11.   Left untilled or unsowed after plowing; uncultivated; as, fallow ground.
  12.   Plowed land.
  13.   To plow, harrow, and break up, as land, without seeding, for the purpose of destroying weeds and insects, and rendering it mellow; as, it is profitable to fallow cold, strong, clayey land.
  14.   Applied to one of the deer kind of a brownish bay colour.
  15.   To plough up land without seeding it.
  16.   left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season; " fallow farmland"
  17.   Pale red or pale yellow; untilled; left to rest after tillage; not tilled; left unsowed after ploughing; uncultivated; unoccupied; neglected.
  18.   undeveloped but potentially useful; " a fallow gold market"
  19.   Pale - yellow or pale - red.
  20.   cultivated land that is not seeded for one or more growing seasons
  21.   Land left fallow; also, cleared woodland.
  22.   Ploughed and left unsown; untilled; unemployed.
  23.   Plowed but not sown for the season; untilled; of a pale yellow or reddish- yellow color.
  24.   Land left unsown.
  25.   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.
  26.   Left unseeded after being plowed; uncultivated; neglected.
  27.   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.
  28.   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.
  29.   To fade; to become yellow.
  30.   Land that has lain a year or more untilled or unseeded; land plowed without being sowed for the season.

Antonyms for fallow:

functioning, industrious, feasible, live, busy, workable, useful, operating, usable, ploughed, employed, energetic, functional, vigorous, working, active, sedulous, assiduous, practical, alive, running, operative, going, operational, on, plowed, living, operable, viable, exploited.

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. Know that each acre of fallow ought to support yearly two sheep at the least, then a hundred acres of fallow can support two hundred sheep, two hundred acres, four hundred sheep and so on. – Robert Grosseteste
  4. Success breeds success, and failure leads to a sort of fallow period. – Felicity Kendal
  5. A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for a still longer period. – John Lothrop Motley
  6. In my work, there's a tremendous amount of rejection and waves of fertile and fallow times. – Marlo Thomas

Usage examples for fallow:

  1. “ For a long time after the burning of that fallow it haunted me in my dreams. ” – Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  2. May he remember the law of the " fallow and not be in too great a hurry. ” – Modern American Prose Selections by Various
  3. He has eneuch already, puir fallow – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  4. April 3- Jabez with Sloot came this morning to start burning our fallow and before dark we had made great progress. ” – The Narrative of Gordon Sellar Who Emigrated to Canada in 1825 by Gordon Sellar
  5. “ " It will see me through if I fallow said Grant. ” – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss
  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. “ No, Bellombre replied, with a smile; I do not let my brain lie fallow while I cultivate my fields. ” – Captain Fracasse by Theophile Gautier
  8. He may be at Fallow field. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  9. During the two last years the fields which bore no fruit had lain as good as fallow so that there would be a prospect of a rich harvest for the next season. ” – Timar's Two Worlds by Mór Jókai
  10. The unalloyed pleasure, however, with which Mrs. Teak regarded the efforts of her husband to put under cultivation land that had lain fallow for twenty years convinced both men that they were on a wrong scent. ” – Ship's Company, The Entire Collection by W.W. Jacobs
  11. 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
  12. The rotation of crops is largely practised, usually maize, wheat, then fallow but very poor soil, capable of producing only rye, is often allowed to lie fallow for many years together. ” – Roumania Past and Present by James Samuelson
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. “ 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
  16. “ Fields that would have been left fallow were planted with new crops which restored indispensable chemical elements to the soil. ” – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  17. The next moment she was in my arms, and three minutes later we were making for Fallow at nearer thirty than twenty miles an hour. ” – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  18. The boy had turned and his brown eyes were fixed on a fallow field below. ” – His Family by Ernest Poole
  19. In the United States you have a singular proof of the advantages of communication; in the old continent, towns and villages rise up first, and the communications, are made afterwards; in the United States, the roads are made first, and when made, towns and villages make their appearance on each side of them, just as the birds drop down for their aliment upon the fresh furrows made across the fallow by the plough. ” – Diary in America, Series One by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  20. “ " Christianity will develop all the germs that lie fallow in Hinduism and will throw light in the dark places. ” – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny

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