Definition of untilled in English:



  • (of land) not prepared and cultivated for crops.

    ‘the method involves planting grass on untilled soil’
    • ‘When scouting look first in untilled areas where grasshoppers would have laid their eggs last fall.’
    • ‘The farm was only 500 yards from a hard-surface road, but it appeared abandoned, with the fields untilled and the buildings poorly maintained.’
    • ‘Farmers got interested fast - but then a drought struck, and the Holland planter repeatedly broke when pulled through dry, untilled soils.’
    • ‘They found tire pressure to be more uniform on tilled soils than on untilled clay soils.’
    • ‘Farmers left untilled and unplanted pathways through their fields to form roads for the passage of travelers.’
    • ‘He decided to till again, but left a 40'-wide strip of untilled rye.’
    • ‘They will point out that even in the settlement people are starting to make their own gardens, while others are joining them in the untilled lands.’
    • ‘The last two rows he left as a control untilled and unfertilized.’
    • ‘A large measure of generosity - aid, medicine, a program to remove the land mines that keep Afghan fields untilled and maim Afghan children - can prolong the smiles on the faces of those liberated in the past two weeks.’
    • ‘All the crops they require spring up unsown and untilled, wheat and barley and vines with generous clusters that swell with the rain to yield wine.’
    • ‘His journal comments on the comparatively depressed state of the countryside, the untilled fields, ill nourished stock, abysmal roads and poor isolated villages.’
    • ‘The fields south of Five Corners that had been untilled are still untilled.’
    • ‘In particular, there is a critical need to document the patterns of spatial organization of rhizobia in the rooting zones of individual plants growing in natural, untilled soil systems.’
    • ‘He said less wildlife is lost to the mower blades and more find stable habitat in grazed and untilled fields.’
    • ‘According to one chronicler, the land remained untilled for nine years.’
    • ‘‘The concept that untilled soil will turn to rock-hard clay is only true if there are too few worms, and too much compacting of the soil by the wheels of heavy tractors and harvesters,’ he said.’
    • ‘Nor did a continued decline in the price of horses and grain seem likely at a time when the supply of untilled arable land in the United States was running out.’
    • ‘By leaving the soil untilled, root channels remain open and new roots will follow the same channels.’
    • ‘He was also a child of the untamed and untilled outback where people lived quite literally on the breadline.’
    • ‘Monitor ditchbanks, untilled pivot corners, and other idle areas near cropland that are likely to serve as hatching beds to determine the potential for this early hatching problem.’
    uncultivated, unploughed, unplanted, unsown, unseeded, unused, undeveloped, dormant, resting, empty, bare, virgin
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