• the great crop of corn
    the great crop of corn
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v crop cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of "dress the plants in the garden"
    • v crop cut short "She wanted her hair cropped short"
    • v crop feed as in a meadow or pasture "the herd was grazing"
    • v crop let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
    • v crop yield crops "This land crops well"
    • v crop prepare for crops "Work the soil","cultivate the land"
    • n crop a pouch in many birds and some lower animals that resembles a stomach for storage and preliminary maceration of food
    • n crop the stock or handle of a whip
    • n crop the output of something in a season "the latest crop of fashions is about to hit the stores"
    • n crop a collection of people or things appearing together "the annual crop of students brings a new crop of ideas"
    • n crop a cultivated plant that is grown commercially on a large scale
    • n crop the yield from plants in a single growing season
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 95% of the entire lemon crop produced in the U.S. is from California and Arizona
    • Crop (Arch) A projecting ornament in carved stone. Specifically, a finial.
    • Crop A riding whip with a loop instead of a lash.
    • Crop Anything cut off or gathered. "Guiltless of steel, and from the razor free,
      It falls a plenteous crop reserved for thee."
    • Crop Fig.: To cut off, as if in harvest. "Death . . . . crops the growing boys."
    • Crop Grain or other product of the field while standing.
    • Crop Hair cut close or short, or the act or style of so cutting; as, a convict's crop .
    • Crop (Mining) Outcrop of a vein or seam at the surface.
    • Crop That which is cropped, cut, or gathered from a single felld, or of a single kind of grain or fruit, or in a single season; especially, the product of what is planted in the earth; fruit; harvest. "Lab'ring the soil, and reaping plenteous crop ,
      Corn, wine, and oil."
    • Crop The pouchlike enlargement of the gullet of birds, serving as a receptacle for food; the craw.
    • Crop The top, end, or highest part of anything, especially of a plant or tree. "Crop and root."
    • Crop (Mining) Tin ore prepared for smelting.
    • Crop To cause to bear a crop; as, to crop a field.
    • Crop to cut off an unnecessary portion at the edges; -- of photographs and other two-dimensional images; as, to crop her photograph up to the shoulders.
    • Crop To cut off the tops or tips of; to bite or pull off; to browse; to pluck; to mow; to reap. "I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one."
    • v. i Crop To yield harvest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest cultivated crop in the United States is corn
    • n crop The top or highest part of anything, especially of an herb or a tree.
    • n crop Corn and other cultivated plants grown and garnered; the produce of the ground; harvest: as, the crops are 10 per cent. larger than last year; in a more restricted sense, that which is cut, gathered, or garnered from a single field, or of a particular kind of grain or fruit, or in a single season: as, the wheat-crop; the potato-crop.
    • n crop Corn and other cultivated plants while growing: as, a standing crop; the crop in the ground; the crops are all backward this year.
    • n crop The first stomach of a fowl; the craw; the ingluvies: sometimes used humorously of the human maw or stomach.
    • n crop In insects, an anterior dilatation of the alimentary canal, succeeded by the proventriculus. See cut under Blattidæ.
    • n crop Anything gathered when ready or in season: as, the ice-crop.
    • n crop The act of cutting or clipping off, as hair: as, he has given you a pretty close crop.
    • n crop An ear-mark.
    • n crop The hair of the head when thick and short, forming a sort of cap.
    • n crop A wig of rough, short hair.
    • n crop In mining, the outcrop of a lode. See outcrop.
    • n crop In tanning, an entire untrimmed hide, struck for sole-leather. Also called crop-hide.
    • n crop A fixed weight in different localities for sugar, tobacco, and other staples. A crop hogshead of tobacco is from 1,000 to 1,300 pounds net.
    • n crop A kind of whip used by horsemen in the hunting-field, consisting of a short, stout, and straight staff having a crooked handle, and a loop of leather at the end. It is useful in opening gates, and differs from the common whip in the absence of a lash. Also called hunting-crop.
    • crop To take off the top or head of (a plant); cut off the ends of; eat off; pull off; pluck; mow; reap: as, to crop flowers, trees, or grass; to crop fruit from the tree.
    • crop To cut off a part of (the ear of an animal) as a mark of identification, or for other reasons.
    • crop To cause to bear a crop; plant or fill with crops; raise crops on: as, to crop a field.
    • crop To sprout; appear in part, and apparently by accident or undesignedly, from beneath the surface or otherwise from concealment; become partly visible or obvious: with out, sometimes up or forth. Specifically— In mining, to appear at the surface: said of a vein or mass of ore when it shows itself distinctly at the surface of the ground; also, but less frequently, in geology, with regard to stratified rocks in general.
    • crop To appear incidentally and undesignedly; come to light or to the surface: as, his peculiarities crop out in his work; the truth cropped out in spite of him.
    • crop To yield harvest.
    • n crop In cattle, a portion of the back, on either side of the median line, immediately back of the shoulder. See cut under point
    • n crop The working unit in the making of turpentine, consisting of a forest tract of from 200 to 250 acres, containing approximately 10,500 faces.
    • n crop In certain cephalopods and other mollusks, a more or less dilated portion of the esophagus, sometimes forming a lobular cæcum.
    • n crop In the United States, usually a crop of which the herbage is eaten either green or dry, not exclusive of pasturage; the meaning is not well defined with reference to roots, which (until recently the sugar-beet) have been little grown in the United States. (See the extract.) T. Shaw (“Forage Crops,” p. 1) restricts the term to pasture crops other than grasses.
    • crop To shear; cut the nap from, as woolen cloth.
    • crop To cut down needlessly the outer margins of a book. When this cutting shaves the type the book so treated is said to be bled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bananas are perennial crops that are grown and harvested year-round. The banana plant does not grow from a seed but rather from a rhizome or bulb. Each fleshy bulb will sprout new shoots year after year.
    • n Crop krop all the produce of a field of grain: anything gathered or cropped: an entire ox-hide: the craw of a bird:
    • v.t Crop to cut off the top or ends: to cut short or close: to mow, reap, or gather
    • v.i Crop to yield:—pr.p. crop′ping; pa.p. cropped
    • n Crop krop (archit.) a finial: a whip-handle: the cutting the hair short
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  • Fred A. Allen
    “Most of us spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats; then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure.”
  • Henri Alain
    Henri Alain
    “Life on a farm is a school of patience; you can't hurry the crops or make an ox in two days.”
  • R. Pocock
    R. Pocock
    “The land too poor for any other crop, is best for raising men.”
  • Stephen R. Covey
    “Private victories precede public victories. You can't invert that process any more than you can harvest a crop before you plant it.”


Cream of the crop - The cream of the crop is the best there is.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. crop, croppe, craw, top of a plant, harvest, AS. crop, cropp, craw, top, bunch, ear of corn; akin to D. krop, craw, G. kropf, Icel. kroppr, hump or bunch on the body, body; but cf. also W. cropa, croppa, crop or craw of a bird, Ir. & Gael. sgroban,. Cf. Croup Crupper Croup
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. crop, the top shoot of a plant, the crop of a bird; Dut. crop, a bird's crop.


In literature:

Crops prosper and crops fail, but we can't let the soil go untilled.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
The crop fails from too cold or too wet weather, about one year in five.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
The simpler South, with its staple crops, its rural population, and its few railways, had suffered less.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Plants of this type will often mature their entire crop and die by the time those of the first type have come into full crop.
"Tomato Culture: A Practical Treatise on the Tomato" by William Warner Tracy
All samples submitted for judging shall be fair average samples of the crop and not selected specimens.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
We worked for a white man for one-fourth of the crop.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
White folks never had no mo', not till a new crop was grow'd.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Furthermore, he must know the variations in characteristics of current crops; for in most coffees no two crops are equal in trade values.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
In choosing land for a peanut crop, some attention should be paid to the previous crop.
"The Peanut Plant" by B. W. Jones
The next crop that needs looking up in the quotations is the length of the pole required for the persimmons about election day.
"Oklahoma Sunshine" by Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller

In poetry:

Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who's to say where
The harvest shall stop?
"Gathering Leaves" by Robert Frost
You make the bright sun bless my head,
Put ice beneath my feet,
Send salmon swarming in the tides,
Give crops of wheat.
"Christ's Bounty" by Anonymous Irish
Here's a girl from a dangerous town
She crops her dark hair short
so that less of her has to frown
when someone gets hurt.
"Belfast Tune" by Joseph Brodsky
What deeds have sprung from plow and pick!
What bank-rolls from tomatoes!
No dainty crop of rhetoric
Can match one of potatoes.
"Dr. Booker T. Washington To The National Negro Business League" by Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr
Unlike 'most all other reapers,
Who ne'er let their crops decay,
He reaps on, the rapid reaper
Reaps—but lets the harvest lay.
"The Reaper" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Now every Beast that crops in field,
Breathe sweetly and adore!
The night has brought the richest yield
That ever harvest bore.
"Now Every Child" by Eleanor Farjeon

In news:

A May 8 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension crop scout training course will provide crop scouts an opportunity to enhance their skills.
Instead of burning the stubble of old crops, Joao Jongue plants new crops between rows.
Like the 2012 foal crop projection, the 2013 is the smallest foal crop since 1971, when 24,301 foals were registered.
The more you help your crops, the more your crops will benefit you.
) are major insect pests of greenhouse crops and can cause economic losses across a wide range of crops during stock plant, propagation and finished plant production.
Terminate all cover crop growth at least seven days before the final planting date for the spring crop you are planting.
After high temperatures in March, blossom-shriveling frosts in April, and a hot-dry summer, the apple crop yield is down 54 percent statewide from the five-year average, according to the US Department of Agriculture's crop forecast.
Farmers with cornor other crops damaged by this summer's thunderstorms or dry weather will have to wait until harvest to know whether they will qualify for crop insurance indemnity payments.
Can improvements in crop production offset the increased demand for crops.
But growth plans for the crop — and other biofuel crops — have been stunted.
The need to produce more crops should motivate grower-customer crop nutrient decisions in 2010.
Farmers faced with the prospect of unnecessarily compacting their soil by seeding fall cover crops in rain-saturated fields may want to take notice of a demonstration at this year's Cover Crop Field Day in Holtwood.
The danger is that other players can destroy your crops, while the flooding Nile may prevent you from getting crops planted.
Nitrate nitrogen losses from corn and soybean crops can be 30-50 times higher than from perennial crops such as alfalfa, according to Gyles Randall, a University of Minnesota soil scientist.
The drought has devastated the corn crop this year, making crop insurance a necessity.

In science:

In case of authentication, even a small change of the carrier image (a crop by 10 × 10 pixels) leads to a really different extracted watermark.
Evaluating Quality of Chaotic Pseudo-Random Generators: Application to Information Hiding
Intuitively, we would expect then to see similar split-and-promise mechanisms crop up further down the line when multiple responses are required.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
For example, compare Theorem 1.5 with our result, Theorem 2.5. A similar comparison has cropped up in a wide variety of situations with, roughly speaking, the topological approach favouring divergence and the probabilistic approach favouring converegence.
Dimension and measure for typical random fractals
The goal of this section is to apply the model presented in Section 2 to the extraction of a network of tracks in between crop fields from image data.
Multi-colour random fields with polygonal realisations
The thermal time scale was defined to be the expected The decision model is a dynamic influence diagram, sum remaining to crop maturity.
MIDAS - An Influence Diagram for Management of Mildew in Winter Wheat