Adjective "arable" definition and examples

(Arable may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈarəb(ə)l/

Definitions and examples

adjective

(of land) used or suitable for growing crops.
  1. 'open arable fields'
  2. 'They had owned about 30 per cent of the country's most fertile arable land.'
  3. 'After France's loss of her colonial empire the merchants of Nantes and Bordeaux sank their capital in the arable land and vineyards of the hinterland.'
  4. 'But uncomfortable as dust-storms may be for town and city dwellers, by far their worst effect is the stripping of topsoil from Australia's arable land.'
  5. 'Known as the breadbasket of Scotland, on account of its fertile arable land, East Lothian is also yielding impressive profits for those lucky enough to own property there.'
  6. 'In turn, growing consumer demand fires competition for fresh water, energy, arable land, forest products, and fish.'
  7. 'The eventual consequences of this decision were, in effect, to ‘privatize’ most of the arable land, leading to the neglect of public land still available for rent.'
  8. 'This area of the nation had once been an incredibly rich source of arable land.'
  9. 'These planters devoted all of their arable land to the production of export staples.'
  10. 'While some local authorities are responding to the Government's call to open up the countryside, there are still too many who have not opened rights of way that carry no risk and in some cases are on purely arable land, say the organisation.'
  11. 'After all, of the 42 million hectares of potentially arable land in Zambia, only about three-million is under cultivation.'
  12. 'Where the two kinds of terrain were found in close proximity, mixed husbandry, allowing equal or nearly equal importance to arable crops and livestock, was common.'
  13. 'The lowland zone supported dense human communities which, given the peaceful conditions imposed by Rome, could grow a surplus of arable crops and animals.'
  14. 'Scientists are investigating how long geese may be exposed to pesticides as they move about and feed on arable crops in North Yorkshire.'
  15. 'For example, nitrate applications to arable crops increased by 44% over this period, partly to fuel winter cereals and oil-seed rape.'
  16. 'These covered cattle, rare breeds, arable crops, forestry, bees and vintage farming machinery.'
  17. 'The economy of the country was based on rearing cattle and, increasingly, sheep, and gradually extending (from waste or forest) the acreage under arable crops.'
  18. 'Although it is predominately a dairy business, he also rears beef and grows 52 acres of arable crops.'
  19. 'These can be manufactured from arable crops like oil seed rape and sugar beet.'
  20. 'Low-intensity agricultural system based on fishing and fowling was replaced by a high-intensity system based on arable crops.'
  21. 'First, he suspected that the wheat - the last crop in his arable rotation - wasn't getting enough residual fertility.'
  22. 'arable farming'
  23. 'In the cereal sector, the calendar has once again turned to harvest where arable farmers pit their skills against mother nature to combine the driest and highest quality grain.'
  24. 'The innovative Tellus teaching pack narrates the adventures of four young Europeans as they explore arable farming, fruit and vegetables, livestock farming, fishing and forestry.'
  25. 'Unlike previous periods of population pressure, when farmers switched to arable cultivation to feed the people and reduced the number of animals, in the eighteenth century new rotations could sustain more animals.'
  26. 'Livestock farming and arable farming are both major influences on Britain's wild plant flora.'
  27. 'Farmers and landowners are being urged to save rare arable plants by wildlife conservation charity, The Game Conservancy Trust.'
  28. 'Roger Hopley, a sheep and arable farmer in Staffordshire, said: ‘This is the first fine day for a while, and the lads have a week's work to catch up on, so it's been quieter.’'
  29. 'The Chase itself is a rolling chalkland landscape, with sheep scattering the uplands and mainly arable farming taking place in the valleys.'
  30. 'These were of relatively good quality and well suited to arable cultivation, but suited also to pastoral husbandry.'
  31. 'Already, he estimates the disastrous growing season has cost him thousands of pounds - and it's the same or worse for arable farmers and market gardeners in many parts of the country.'
  32. 'Soil erosion was mainly the result of arable cultivation brought about by the demand for cereals and legumes.'

noun

Arable land or crops.
  1. 'In eastern England especially, attempts were made to farm the existing arable more intensively.'
  2. 'Agricultural improvement required the elimination of the fallow and the raising of yields, but such innovation required more animals: manure-machines for the arable.'
  3. 'The wet fields were drained and converted to arable and any lapwing rash enough to make a nest could be guaranteed to have it rolled out of existence as the growing wheat was cultivated.'
  4. 'As well as the cows we have five sheep on set-aside land and arable for feed.'
  5. 'Since seed - yield ratios did not increase agricultural productivity, increase in the arable from reclamation projects such as those in the Veneto, Piedmont, and the Tuscan Maremma were necessary.'

More definitions

1. capable of producing crops; suitable for farming; suited to the plow and for tillage: arable land; arable soil. noun

2. land that can be or is cultivated.

More examples(as adjective)

"farmings can be arable of sheeps."

"farmings can be arable of rapes."

"farmings can be arable of pigs."

"farmings can be arable of peas."

"farmings can be arable of corns."

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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin arabilis, from arare ‘to plough’.