What does the word tillage mean?

Usage examples for tillage

  1. And so, in that way, he learned that tillage is the way to get treasure from the earth. – Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year by E.C. Hartwell
  2. I can easily conceive that, with the imperfect tillage the people of Otaheite now give their land, the population may be just sufficiently numerous to require that the whole of their lands should be in cultivation, and consequently that they should bear a rent; but let a hundred Europeans only join them with our improved machinery and perfectly skilled in husbandry, and the immediate consequence would be that three quarters of their lands would for a time become perfectly useless to them, as the quarter might produce them more food than all the inhabitants could possibly consume. – Letters of David Ricardo to Thomas Robert Malthus, 1810-1823 by David Ricardo