• WordNet 3.6
    • v ranch manage or run a ranch "Her husband is ranching in Arizona"
    • n ranch farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The single highest temperature ever recorded in U.S. history was 134 degrees Fahrenheit. It was recorded in Greenland Ranch, CA on July 10, 1913. The lowest recorded temperature was minus 80 degrees on January 23, 1971 in Prospect Creek, AK.
    • n Ranch A tract of land used for grazing and the rearing of horses, cattle, or sheep. See Rancho, 2.
    • v. t Ranch rănch To wrench; to tear; to sprain; to injure by violent straining or contortion. "Hasting to raunch the arrow out."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Orson Welles is buried in an olive orchard on a ranch owned by his friend, matador Antonio Ordonez in Sevilla, Spain.
    • ranch To wrench; tear; wound.
    • n ranch A deep scratch or wound.
    • n ranch In the western part of the United States, especially in the parts formerly Mexican, on the great plains, etc., a herding establishment and estate; a stock-farm; by extension, in the same regions, any farm or farming establishment. The tract of land over which the animals of a ranch or of several ranches roam for pasturage is called a range. See range, 7 .
    • n ranch In a restricted sense, a company of ranchers or rancheros; the body of persons employed on a ranch.
    • ranch To conduct or work upon a ranch; engage in herding.
    • n ranch Also, a permanent Indian village.
    • n ranch A small hut or house in the country, not necessarily a cattle-breeding establishment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actor Val Kilmer grew up on Roy Rogers' ranch.
    • n Ranch ranch a stock farm in the west part of the United States
    • v.i Ranch to manage or work upon a ranch—also Ranche, Ranch′o
    • v.t Ranch ransh (Dryden) to tear, wound.
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Bet the ranch - (USA) If you bet the ranch, you risk everything on something you think will succeed.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Wrench
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Then he strolled around the long, rambling ranch house.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
They used to do summer work on the ranch when they were in college.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
Had she lived her life on the Quirt ranch she would have known a great deal more about horseback riding and cattle and range dances.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
The lights may be shining bright on many a board-walk, at this moment, but it means little to this ranch-lady.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
I told him any man that had such a gate as that on his ranch never ought to own a ranch.
"A California Girl" by Edward Eldridge
He does most of the managing at their ranch headquarters, while the old man works politics over in Plumas.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
Wheat owned a saloon and afterwards a ranch near Florence.
"Arizona's Yesterday" by John H. Cady
Leaving Marian in charge of the Mexican woman, he took a pack horse and rode away, making the Wallace Ranch at Willow Spring that evening.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
It's up to you to pull right out for the ranch.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
When you've shaken yourself together a bit, come down to the ranch.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet

In poetry:

He rode to a ranch and asked if by chance
They needed a good buckeroo.
They said he was rough, but not tough enough,
As a bronk peeler he wouldn't do.
"Yavapai Pete" by Curley Fletcher
With his wealth all safely put away,
He cared no longer in town to stay,
But saddled and bridled wild "Comanch"
And galloped away to Springer's ranch.
"Bill Springer's Hand" by Frank Maynard
Just a plain saddle tramp from the ranch to the camp
Just drifting near and far
A horseback I'm a bum as I yodel and strum
My old six-string Spanish guitar.
"The Saddle Tramp" by Curley Fletcher
To the ranch they did do where Pete hollered "whoa."
Then asked the boss what he'd pay—
"My mount is docile fer I've rode her a mile,
And we're a-huntin' a job today."
"Yavapai Pete" by Curley Fletcher
He says, "Get your saddle. I'll give you a chance."
We got in the buggy and went to the ranch
We waited till morning, right after chuck
I went out to see if that outlaw could buck.
"The Strawberry Roan" by Curley Fletcher
Oh, come, my beloved, from thy winter abode,
From thy home on the Yuba, thy ranch overflowed;
For the waters have fallen, the winter has fled,
And the river once more has returned to its bed.
"California Madrigal" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

More from Canyons- Coto De Caza-Ladera Ranch-Rancho Santa Margarita.
At the Double E Ranch in New Mexico, work and play get roped into one.
Return of the Cowgirl Ranch owner Alan Eggleston takes Kelsey O'Neill, 12, on a horseback ride through the spectacular scenery at Double E Ranch in New Mexico.
Ranch owner Alan Eggleston takes Kelsey O'Neill, 12, on a horseback ride.
My friend Gracey Jarosek of Watterson, Tx on a daily ride at her ranch.
Ladera Ranch emphasizes volunteer service.
Cup reduced fat Ranch dressing.
(AP)--Barnyard animals were still in their huddles when Lucille Kohn bolted through the back door of her ranch-style home.
On Saturday the Pella Pizza Ranch held an event in memory of Blake Van Vark.
Ranch home, where they had lived for 28 years, to build their post-retirement dream home.
Cally Morris of Hazel Creek Taxidermy/ Decoys gave a seminar on calling and decoy placement for the turkey hunters at Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico.
Golder Ranch EMT's rescued a dehydrated hiker.
A bill to deregulate the Denver taxicab business and open the way for more competition was introduced Wednesday by state Sen Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch.
(AP)--Zack Wirth realized more than 15 years ago that the economics of ranching would not let him make a living on his ancestral home, a scenic slice of western Montana tucked in the Rocky Mountains.
4, 2011) This weekend marks the first ever Gaia Festival at Black Oak Ranch, a music and sustainable-living fair drawing performers and attendees from all over the world.

In science:

In the plane (d = 2) this describes a frontier rancher who is walking about and at each step increases his ranch by “dragging” with him the fence that defines it.
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull
If, from the point of view of the rancher, the angle that the ranch spans is very small then the next step is close to uniform.
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull
The second problematic case is when the angle the ranch spans is very close to π with the direction of the origin close to one of the ends.
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull
With probability at least half, the absolute value of the angle oxnxn+1 is in [π/4, 3π/4]. (Our convention will be to regard an angle xyz as a signed quantity in (−π , π ].) In that case the angle the ranch spans at time n + 1 is large but not too large, and we have a lower bound on Esn+1 .
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull
Let yn denote the intersection of this half line and the boundary C of the smallest disk about the origin o containing the ranch.
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull