American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A surface layer of earth containing a dense growth of grass and its matted roots; sod.
- n. An artificial substitute for such a grassy layer, as on a playing field.
- n. A piece cut from a layer of earth or sod.
- n. A piece of peat that is burned for use as fuel.
- n. Slang The range of the authority or influence of a person, group, or thing; a bailiwick: "a bureaucracy ... concerned with turf, promotions, the budget, and protecting the retirement system” ( Harper's).
- n. Slang A geographical area; a territory.
- n. Slang The area claimed by a gang, as of youths, as its personal territory.
- n. Sports A racetrack.
- n. Sports The sport or business of racing horses.
- v. To spread with turf: turfed the front yard.
- v. Chiefly British Slang To displace or eject.
- v. Slang To kill: "These guys can't . . . make sure nobody gets turfed” ( Scott Turow).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The surface or sward of grass-land, consisting of earth or mold filled with the roots of grass and other small plants, so as to adhere and form a kind of mat; earth covered with grass.
- n. A piece of such earth or mold dug or torn from the ground; a sod.
- n. In Ireland, same as peat. See peat.
- To cover with turf or sod: as, to turf a bank or border.
- n. The turn of a cap, hood, or sleeve.
- n. a layer of earth covered with grass; sod
- n. a piece of such a layer cut from the soil and used to make a lawn
- n. Ireland a sod of peat used as fuel.
- n. slang the territory claimed by a person, gang, etc. as their own
- n. a racetrack; or the sport of racing horses
- v. to create a lawn by laying turfs
- v. Ultimate Frisbee To throw a frisbee well short of its intended target, usually causing it to hit the ground within 10 yards of its release.
- v. business To fire from a job or dismiss from a task.
- v. business To cancel a project or product.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That upper stratum of earth and vegetable mold which is filled with the roots of grass and other small plants, so as to adhere and form a kind of mat; sward; sod.
- n. Peat, especially when prepared for fuel. See Peat.
- n. Race course; horse racing; -- preceded by
- v. To cover with turf or sod.
- v. cover (the ground) with a surface layer of grass or grass roots
- n. range of jurisdiction or influence
- n. surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots
- n. the territory claimed by a juvenile gang as its own
- From Middle English turf, torf, from Old English turf ("turf, sod, soil, piece of grass covered earth, greensward"), from Proto-Germanic *turbaz (“turf, lawn”), from Proto-Indo-European *dorbh- (“tuft, grass”). Cognate with Dutch turf ("turf"), Low German torf ("turf"), German dialectal Turbe ("turf"), German Torf ("peat, turf"), Swedish torf ("turf"), Icelandic torf ("turf"), Sanskrit (darbha, "a kind of grass"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This turf is ours, gotta hold our ground, or we'll turn around, and we've lost it.”
“So we wrote something called "This Turf Is Ours": This turf is ours, drew a big white line with a keep out sign, and they crossed it.”
“The transatlantic market is highly competitive, and larger airlines, defending what they call their turf, added flights to some of London's alternate airports.”
“' Knowing we can beat the good teams and defending our turf is a good feeling. '”
“Side above the mouth of a bold running Stream 12 yards wide, which we call turf Creek from the number of bogs & quanty of turf in its waters. this Creek runs thro a open”
“How about a little concern about whether the feds are doing their damned jobs to secure the borders instead of arcane legal wrangling about whose turf is being stepped on?”
“Sometimes, researchers say, one homeless person attacks another in turf battles or other disputes.”
“TAKAHASHI: Their turf is less about sand and surf than the dizzying mix of a new urban America.”
“Today, no one dies in turf battles over the right to distribute Budweiser.”
“But for fields that get daily use, year-round the cost of grass compared with that of turf is prohibitive.”
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