Adjective "fallow" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of farmland) ploughed and harrowed but left for a period without being sown in order to restore its fertility or to avoid surplus production.
  1. 'The Council of Agriculture has designated 2,000 hectares of fallow farmland for the growing of biomass crops including canola, soybeans and sunflowers next year, officials said yesterday.'
  2. '‘When you grow those crops, it's like a fallow period, because glomalin production stops,’ says Wright.'
  3. 'Wormers must now record their daily haul, and they are required to harvest the worms on a rotational basis, leaving some beaches to lie fallow for a season.'
  4. 'Chen told the Taipei Times that it was unnecessary to let fields lie fallow because the peak irrigation demand period was almost over.'
  5. 'In many cases, fertility can be restored using crop rotation and fallow practices.'
  6. 'At what point do you switch priorities from irrigating the existing crops to pre-moistening the fallow fields in preparation for stale bedding or getting your seeds to sprout?'
  7. 'These lands were retained for agricultural use, but the peripheral areas and the poorest or the heaviest were left to lie fallow, often until the assarting from the waste in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.'
  8. 'Excess use of fertilisers have rendered lands fallow.'
  9. 'The current levels of expenditure were not reduced, because farmers were compensated with income supports, including set-aside payments for leaving cultivated land to lie fallow.'
  10. 'The Government should pass a law that allows no land to lie fallow.'
  11. 'long fallow periods when nothing seems to happen'
  12. 'At the same time they chide Nokia for letting huge opportunities lie fallow.'
  13. 'But as so often happens, Wood's career soared while Wagner's hit a fallow period, and the fairytale marriage collapsed.'
  14. 'A resurgence in fur wearing in the 1980s - after a relatively fallow period of animal cruelty for the sake of fashion - galvanised the anti-fur lobby into one of its most successful campaigns.'
  15. 'You do go through fallow periods but my energy is great at the moment.'
  16. 'When places are torn down they lie fallow for a time.'
  17. 'It asks questions society still has not begun to debate, and will probably allow to lie fallow until Something occurs that thrusts us all directly into the very problems we're not considering.'
  18. 'The bigger question is, how the hell can a company like Warner Bros. continue to allow their biggest feature franchises to lie fallow year after year after year.'
  19. 'During a fallow period in my research in Bolivia (ok, I was broke) I worked in La Britannia, Bolivia's only British pub.'
  20. 'He said: ‘We have been in a fallow period until now but we are moving up a gear in the autumn.’'
  21. 'The deal underscores a solid revival in the mergers and acquisitions market after the fallow years that followed the collapse of the technology boom.'
(of a sow) not pregnant.


    A piece of fallow land.
    1. mass noun 'strips of summer fallow'
    2. 'Tilling and fertilizing summer fallow and finishing wheat harvest are the main field activities.'
    3. 'There are other practices known to store carbon, including minimizing or eliminating fallow, planting winter cover crops, and maintaining buffer zones.'


    Leave (land) fallow for a period.
    1. 'Nitrogen mineralisation was measured by aerobic incubation of soil that had been fallowed or had grown annual crops (wheat, canola) or perennial pastures.'
    2. 'The mean total dry matter yield at the 1963 harvest was significantly higher (Pfallowed throughout 1962.'
    3. 'It was often planted on land that formerly had been fallowed.'


    A pale brown or reddish yellow colour.
    1. 'Its wood, which is very heavy and of a fallow colour, has the grain and smell of ebony.'


    1. (of land) plowed and left unseeded for a season or more; uncultivated.

    2. not in use; inactive: My creative energies have lain fallow this year. noun

    3. land that has undergone plowing and harrowing and has been left unseeded for one or more growing seasons. verb (used with object)

    4. to make (land) fallow for agricultural purposes.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "periods can be fallow."

    "deers can be fallow."

    "lands can be fallow."

    "fields can be fallow."

    "years can be fallow."

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    (fallow)Old English falu, fealu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vaal and German fahl, falb.