• Tools used in the cultivation of tobacco over 300 years ago. These tools—hoe, billhook, and cutting knives—were excavated at Jamestown
    Tools used in the cultivation of tobacco over 300 years ago. These tools—hoe, billhook, and cutting knives—were excavated at Jamestown
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cultivator a farm implement used to break up the surface of the soil (for aeration and weed control and conservation of moisture)
    • n cultivator someone concerned with the science or art or business of cultivating the soil
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cultivating a small garden in Virginia. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Cultivating a small garden in Virginia. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
A few farm tools used by an early settler for cultivating his newly cleared land A few farm tools used by an early settler for cultivating his newly cleared land

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Olives, which grow on trees, were first cultivated 5,000 years ago in Syria
    • Cultivator An agricultural implement used in the tillage of growing crops, to loosen the surface of the earth and kill the weeds; esp., a triangular frame set with small shares, drawn by a horse and by handles.
    • Cultivator One who cultivates; as, a cultivator of the soil; a cultivator of literature.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Archeologists report that cannabis was most likely the first plant cultivated by humans. Cannabis was used for linen, paper, and garments
    • n cultivator One who or that which cultivates. One who tills or prepares land for crops, or carries on the operations of husbandry in general; a farmer; a husbandman; an agriculturist. A producer by cultivation; a grower of any kind of products: as, a cultivator of oysters.
    • n cultivator An agricultural implement used to loosen the earth and uproot the weeds about growing crops which are planted in rows or hills. It consists of points or shares attached to a framework, usually adjustable in width, and having draft-wheels which govern the depth to which the ground is broken up. It is drawn between the rows of plants by a horse. There are also light forms which are operated by hand. One who devotes special attention, care, or study to some person or pursuit.
    • n cultivator This name is now applied to a great variety of horticultural and agricultural machines. They are divided into two classes, hand machines and horse machines; and the horse machines are classed as walking cultivators, and riding or sulky cultivators. Hand machines are supported upon one or two wheels placed in front, and have two long plow-handles by which they are pushed along the ground beside or astride of the rows of plants to be cultivated. All are provided with one or more teeth for breaking and stirring the soil and removing weeds, and have interchangeable tools (plows, rakes, hoes, scrapers, harrow-teeth, etc.) to adapt them to a variety of work. ‘Walking’ horse cultivators are supported upon a pair of wheels and are provided with a pair of plow-handles placed behind, by which they are guided by the operator walking in the rear. ‘Hiding’ cultivators are fitted with a seat above the cultivating-tools, in the rear of the machine and in reach of levers for controlling the tools. The teeth or tools of all horse machines are interchangeable, and are made in the form of small hoes, rakes, scrapers, plows, harrow-points, claws, weeders, and disks. Hand cultivators are often provided with seed drills, or other planting-appliances, and with fertilizer-distributing appliances. The combination of many tools in one machine has led to the use of many trade names.
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for law, so much as a respect for right.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Cultivated leisure is the aim of man.”
  • Marques De Pombal
    Marques De Pombal
    “The cultivation of literary pursuits forms the basis of all sciences, and in their perfection consist the reputation and prosperity of kingdoms.”
  • Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle
    Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle
    “A well cultivated mind is made up of all the minds of preceding ages; it is only the one single mind educated by all previous time.”
  • Dame Edith Sitwell
    Dame Edith Sitwell
    “I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty. But I am too busy thinking about myself.”
  • Georgia Witkin
    Georgia Witkin
    “Cultivate more joy by arranging your life so that more joy will be likely.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. cultivateur,


In literature:

Slovenly binding is almost as offensive to a cultivated eye as slovenly composition.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
These facts prove how much greater the crops of the Slave States would be, if their farms (including cotton) were cultivated by free labor.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
ENGLISH BENT, known also by a number of other names, is largely cultivated in some sections.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
Coffee dealing and cultivation.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
The negro will be fit to cultivate the soil, and will thrive beneath the tropical sun of the Brazils.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
Many are cultivated as garden varieties under the names here given.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
Many of the tribes are good farmers, and cultivate crops of sago, maize, and tobacco.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Every woman of beautiful form and features should cultivate a beautiful mind and heart.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
This grass is also cultivated for its grain.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
It is a native of Barbadoes or has been cultivated there for a long time.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley

In poetry:

His is the need and his the right
Of leisure, free from harsh control,
That he may seek for mental light,
And cultivate his soul.
"Not Bread Alone" by John Critchley Prince
That I might grow to man's estate,
And cultivate my opening mind;
And not be rich or wise or great,
But gentle, true and good and kind.
"Youthful Reminiscences" by David John Scott
Then cultivate your talents rare,
And study nature's lovely face,
And copy every tint with care;
Your work will then have life and grace.
"To Miss Mary Bain" by David John Scott
We drive to the Cape. I cultivate
myself where the sun gutters from the sky,
where the sea swings in like an iron gate
and we touch. In another country people die.
"The Truth The Dead Know" by Anne Sexton
Wherever in the world I am,
In whatsoe'er estate,
I have a fellowship with hearts
To keep and cultivate;
And a work of lowly love to do
For the Lord on whom I wait.
"Father, I Know That All My Life" by Anna Laetitia Waring
You who live, what have you made of your luck?
Do you regret the time when I struggled?
Have you cultivated for the common harvest?
Have you enriched the town I lived in?
"Epitaph" by Robert Desnos

In news:

Organic Bouquet uses the web to cultivate a national market for its niche product.
Proudly display your cultivated flowers in this Rustic Window Box.
The foundation is cultivating a new generation of Latino philanthropists.
The Advocate of Stamford reports that Dimitri Taranov was charged on Wednesday with illegal cultivation of a hallucinogen and manufacture of a controlled substance.
Growing movement in Columbia focuses on entrepreneurial cultivation.
Heart surgeon cultivates work in farm drains.
To go the distance, cultivate these surprising traits that draw investors, attract great employees and inspire.
The state business climate cultivates success with favorable costs, shovel-ready sites, support and expertise and a skilled workforce.
Taiwan needs to infuse its own culture into its technical and vocational education programs and use art to cultivate talent and help them reach the top of their profession, a hotelier said on Monday.
Gandhi-King conference to cultivate our idealism .
Barack Obama did a great job of cultivating an air of bipartisanship before he was inaugurated.
Should voters worry that if they pass Amendment 64, Coloradans would still be subject to federal prosecution for the cultivation, sale and possession of marijuana.
Do you know how to create, cultivate and capitalize on networking relationships and opportunities.
As the late Stephen Covey taught in his runaway bestseller, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, cultivating good habits is essential to an entrepreneur's success.
Cultivating Leaders at All Levels of an Organization.

In science:

Other researche rs contend that understanding why a recommendation was made cultivates trust in a system [102].
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Department of Theoretical Physics, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata-700032, India.
Persistence in Random Walk in Composite Media
This idea was cultivated by the theoretical computer science community beginning in the late 1980s, with research flowering in the late 1990s.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
Merriam Webster’s Dictionary’s defining it as “the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.” Sociologists have long studied this phenomenon, and have time and time again confirmed the role that social ties play in getting a new job.
Social Networks and Stable Matchings in the Job Market
However, since we investigate the collaborations of authors working on the topics of the venue and how the venue maintains and cultivates these collaborations, it is not necessary to consider the collaborations of these authors in other venues.
Development of Computer Science Disciplines - A Social Network Analysis Approach