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  • v. Present participle of dibble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of dipping, as in angling.
  • n. The act of planting with a dibble. See dibble, transitive verb


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  • A few anglers still practise the old style of dapping or "dibbling" after the manner advised by

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1

  • In this he anticipates the system of "dibbling" grain, which, notwithstanding, is spoken of by writers within half a century [9] as a new thing; and which, it is needless to say, still prevails extensively in many parts of England.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 70, August, 1863

  • He lays aside the plough when it has done its work, and takes up the seed-basket, and, in different ways, sows different seeds, scattering some broadcast, and dropping others carefully, grain by grain, into their place -- 'dibbling' it in, as we should say.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Isaiah and Jeremiah

  • The "wolf" (as in the "sexually aggressive male; a would-be seducer of women") of US-slang fame and his eye-popping, tongue-dragging, drool-dibbling leer when he watches Ms. Red Hot's nightclub routine. (available on YouTube)

    The girl who kicked the publisher's keister for misplacing an apostrophe

  • For those with low majorities, even a small drop in votes in caught dibbling would lose them their seat, but those with larger majorities calculated wrongly, one hopes that they are able to withstand such a risk and still get voted back in.

    MPs Expenses and safe seats correlation - update

  • The geriatric Frost, dibbling and drooling in a veritable orgy of smug, sneering undeserved self-praise and self-satisfaction, aided and abetted by a little cadre of cronies, cackling at their own non-jokes and declaring a rout in the culture war, was just the emetic needed after the Christmas over-indulgence to rid the gastric tract of bile.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Holden: “In France plantations of the vine are made by dibbling in cuttings of two feet of length; pressing the earth firmly to their lower end, an essential part of the operation, noticed even by Xenophon.”


  • Three or four older gentlemen graced the walkway outside, dibbling and dabbling in small bits of chatter.

    A Love So Deep

  • And, like pirate fantasies, wannabe City Councilmembers belong at the kiddie tables with birthday cake icing dibbling from their chins.

    Wednesday Open Thread

  • They have no regular fields; and the Dhourra, their only grain, is sown among the thorny trees, and Ushour, by dibbling large holes in the ground, into each of which a handful of the seed is thrown.

    Travels in Nubia


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