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gardening (usually uncountable, plural gardenings)

  1. The process or action of cultivating the soil, particularly in a garden; the care of a garden; horticulture.
    His hobby was gardening.
    • 1833, James Rennie, “The Word Gardening”, in Alphabet of Scientific Gardening for the Use of Beginners, London: William Orr, page 1:
      Gardening, then, is a sort of refined farming upon a limited scale.
    • 1864 August – 1866 January, [Elizabeth] Gaskell, chapter XLVI, in Wives and Daughters. An Every-day Story. [], volume II, London: Smith, Elder and Co., [], published 1866, →OCLC:
      Warm ambient air, loiterings abroad, gardenings, flowers to take about, and preserves to make, soothed the wicked imp to slumber in the parish of Hollingford in summer-time.
  2. (by extension) Any process of care, maintenance, or curation, especially digitally.
    wiki gardening
    digital gardening
    • 2008, Mark S. Choate, Professional Wikis, John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, page 171:
      Several special pages help with the wiki gardening task:¶ ❑ Uncategorized pages (Special:Uncategorizedpages): These are pages that do not have one or more categories assigned. Use this page to ensure that all pages are categorized.
    • 2020 September 3, Tanya Basu, “Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet”, in MIT Technology Review[1]:
      Tom Critchlow, a consultant who has been cultivating his digital garden for years, spells out the main difference between old-school blogging and digital gardening.
  3. (cricket) The act of a batsman prodding at the pitch with his bat, typically in order to flatten any bumps.

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gardening

  1. present participle and gerund of garden
    He had been gardening all day.

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