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Definition of land:  capable of being farmed productively
  • China has almost 20% of the world's population, but has only 7% of its arable land.
arable = capable of being farmed productively
  • The government nationalized all arable land.
  • arable = capable of being farmed productively
  • And in many ways the animal method of doing things was more efficient and saved labor. Such jobs as weeding, for instance, could be done with a thoroughness impossible to human beings. And again, since no animal now stole, it was unnecessary to fence off pasture from arable land, which saved a lot of labor on the upkeep of hedges and gates. Nevertheless, as the summer wore on, various unforeseen shortages began to make them selves felt.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • arable = capable of being farmed productively
  • Bands of farmers blanketed the slopes, planting poppies on every arable surface.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Upriver there was no more arable land.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • It was not lawn, nor pasture, nor mead, nor woodland, nor lea, nor arable, nor waste land.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • One of the few arable fields was immediately to our left.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Four centuries of terra-forming had made the atmosphere breathable and a few million acres of land arable.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Forty acres of arable land, with sheep, horses, pigs, cows, and enough corn in the barns for three years ahead!
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • He had plenty of arable land and pasturage, and could keep as many head of cattle as he liked.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  How Much Land Does a Man Need?
  • Every scrap of arable land had been terraced and planted with barley, bitter buckwheat, or potatoes.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Its swaths of deep brush and arable land made it great for farming but less appealing for honeymoons and hedonism.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Most of the mountains are arable, and even the prairies, in this section of the republic, are of deep alluvion.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The river that runs through it makes of it, as it were, two regions with distinct physiognomies—all on the left is pasture land, all of the right arable.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • A small part of the land—the worst part—he let out for rent, while a hundred acres of arable land he cultivated himself with his family and two hired laborers.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Arable lands are few and limited; with but slight exceptions the prospect is a broad rich mass of grass and trees, mantling minor hills and dales within the major.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • One couldn't take money for the milk, and no cow could be slaughtered for food, though rarely one might be sold to buy a piece of arable land or for some other truly important purpose.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Attolia and Sounis seemed content for the moment to war against each other, but Eddis had to have her tiny amounts of arable land planted carefully or her people wouldn't have the food to withstand another winter without trade.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • The mountains are generally arable to the tops, although instances are not wanting where the sides are jutted with rocks that aid greatly in giving to the country that romantic and picturesque character which it so eminently possesses.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • , or to go about and beg? and if they do this they are put in prison as idle vagabonds, while they would willingly work but can find none that will hire them; for there is no more occasion for country labour, to which they have been bred, when there is no arable ground left.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia

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