Definition of cultivator in US English:



  • 1A person or thing that cultivates something.

    ‘they were herders of cattle and cultivators of corn’
    • ‘The distinction was basically about categories of people, founded originally on their occupations as cattle herders or cultivators.’
    • ‘Inspired by the success of Danish trout farmers, salmon cultivators found Norway's sheltered fjords ideal for farming salmon in ocean net pens.’
    • ‘They got too tall to clear out with the cultivator, so Fred and I and the two other farm hands had to hoe a six-acre field by hand.’
    • ‘Each entered the market with petunias that grew nearly twice as large as any previous variety, inspiring other Asian growers as well as European, Australian, and American cultivators to try to match them.’
    • ‘Cultivation was never done with a plow or a cultivator, but always with a hoe.’
    • ‘The position of tenant cultivators vis-à-vis those with land to offer was weakened.’
    • ‘In periods of drought, weeds may go into a semi-dormancy, leading farmers to stop cultivating or to set cultivators less aggressively.’
    • ‘The rate of urbanization is low, with most of the people still living as cultivators and pastoralists in dispersed hamlets, cattle camps, villages, and oases.’
    • ‘The small rototiller / cultivators that have become popular in recent years have a difficult time working in dry, compacted soil.’
    • ‘Players purchase and control authentic tractors, combines, planters, cultivators and more.’
    • ‘In the same jurisdiction in 1787, a merchant's victorious request that a cultivator cease passing with his cattle resulted in 45 livres in court expenses.’
    • ‘Biblical scholars who name Noah as the first cultivator of wine grapes describe him as settling down after the flood to become the first wine maker.’
    • ‘The Hawaiian farmer of ancient times was a superior cultivator who systematically identified and named plants - both those cultivated as well as the wild species gathered for use when crops failed.’
    • ‘The farmer is making a few last turns with his cultivator, sweeping up, so to speak, the last bit of straw left at the corners of the field.’
    • ‘The protest we hear is strangely divided, along with repetition of the mantra about keeping food prices high for the benefit of farmers and cultivators.’
    • ‘Both can also be referred to as shifting cultivation, and forest pioneers are sometimes called shifted cultivators.’
    • ‘Permanent cultivation forces shifting cultivators to move to more marginal areas and the grasslands.’
    • ‘Such confiscations left cultivators unable to pay the palace their stipulated sharecropping rent and other fees.’
    • ‘The empire was characterized by a differentiated economy based on food-gathering tribes, pastoralists, various kinds of peasant cultivators, and traders.’
    • ‘Front-mounted or belly-mounted cultivators, or pusher cultivators on bi-directional tractors, are far easier to keep on the row and work close enough to the crop plants.’
    1. 1.1 A mechanical implement for breaking up the soil and uprooting weeds.
      • ‘He shows off his three-tined cultivators (key to weed control in narrow intensive beds).’
      • ‘A cultivator is also useful for working amendments such as compost or manure into the soil.’
      • ‘Provide high-quality small-scale tools such as trowel, cultivator, rake, and hoe.’
      • ‘This also prevents the tangled weed piles from plugging cultivators later in the season.’
      • ‘For flowerbeds, a good hoe or cultivator will be a lot more labor intensive, but probably as effective if you are diligent.’
      • ‘Sometimes referred to as a hand fork, the cultivator is used for weeding, and as its name implies, for cultivating the soil.’
      • ‘Special cultivators and weed brushes developed for use in narrow-row spaced crops can be used in seedbeds that are grown in rows.’
      • ‘Selective cultivation may be performed with a rotary hoe, rolling cultivator, shovel cultivator, or similar implement.’
      • ‘One day he came down to see me with a couple of those hand cultivators that the ladies use in the garden.’
      • ‘For small areas or around plants, working the lime into the soil with a spade or cultivator is preferable.’
      • ‘Before plants bloom, loosen the surface soil with a hoe or hand cultivator.’