An example of a farm is a place where dairy cows are raised.
An example of a farm is a place where baby fish are raised; a fish farm.
A tract of water for raising fish is a fish farm.
All..Tythings shall stand at the old Farm, without any Increase.
The most usual and customary feorm or rent..must be reserved yearly on such lease.
Fuel farm; wind farm; antenna farm.
To farm the taxes.
An example of farm is to raise, milk and take care of dairy cows.
- to rent (land, a business, etc.) in return for a fixed payment
- to send (work) from a shop, office, etc. to workers on the outside
- to let out the labor of (a convict, etc.) for a fixed amount
- to destroy the fertility of (land), as by failing to rotate crops
- to assign to a farm
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of farm
- Middle English lease, leased property from Old French ferme from Medieval Latin firma fixed payment from Latin firmāre to establish from firmus firm dher- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English ferme, farme (“rent, revenue, produce, factor, stewardship, meal, feast”), from Anglo-Norman ferme (“rent, lease, farm”), from Medieval Latin ferma, firma), from Old English feorm, fearm, farm (“provision, food, supplies, provisions supplied by a tenant or vassal to his lord, rent, possessions, stores, feast, entertainment, haven”), from Proto-Germanic *fermō (“means of living, subsistence”), from Proto-Germanic *ferhwō, *ferhuz (“life force, body, being”), from Proto-Indo-European *perkʷ- (“life, force, strength, tree”). Cognate with Scots ferm (“rent, farm”). Related also to Old English feorh (“life, spirit”), German Ferch (“life, blood”), Icelandic fjör (“life, vitality, vigour, animation”), Gothic (fairƕus, “the world”). Compare also Old English feormehām (“farm”), feormere (“purveyor, grocer”).
- Old English feorm is the origin of Medieval Latin ferma, firma (“farm", also "feast”) (whence also Old French ferme, Occitan ferma), instead of the historically assumed derivation from unrelated Latin firma (“firm, solid”), which shares the same form. The sense of "rent, fixed payment", which was already present in the Old English word, may have been further strengthened due to resemblance to Latin firmitas (“security, surety”). Additionally, Old French ferme continued to shape the development of the English word throughout the Middle English period .