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  • v. Present participle of pot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Tippling.
  • n. The act of placing in a pot
  • n. The process of putting sugar in casks for cleansing and draining.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In horticulture, the transfer of plants from beds or benches to flower-pots, or from one pot to another.
  • n. The operation of putting up cooked and seasoned meats in pots, where they are preserved by the action of the salt, spices, etc., with which they are prepared, and by the exclusion of air.
  • n. In sugar manufacturing, the act or operation of transferring raw sugar from the crystallizing-pans to perforated casks.
  • n. In sulphuric-acid manuf., the placing of pots containing either potassium nitrate or sodium nitrate and sulphuric acid in the kilns used for the manufacture of sulphuric acid from sulphurous acid obtained from the combustion of sulphur in air.
  • n. In billiards, the act of holing a ball.


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  • A common ingredient in potting mixes is perlite, which makes the soils airier while also retaining moisture.

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  • The soil is next consolidated by shaking the pot, and then lifting it up and setting it down again with a jerk; and is rendered firm and neat round the rim by means of a broad smooth piece of stick shaped somewhat like a table-knife, and called a potting-stick.

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  • As instrtumentation creator for a major U S marine industry I was plagued by multiple EFI and Rfi interference to electronic systems as well as harness talk between circuits, as well as "potting" breakdown of modules and then there are "software" problems.

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  • Then the piece had been taken down from the hill and around to the left of the line, where Lieut. Miley's duty as aide had carried him, to observe the progress of the battle, and Weigle had been again denied the privilege of "potting" a Spaniard.

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  • When I suggested that the sight of three women of our age -- we are all well on toward fifty; Aggie insists that she is younger than I am, but we were in the same infant class in Sunday-school -- three women of our age "potting" at fences was hardly dignified, Tish merely shrugged her shoulders.

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  • -- At daylight this morning, Alexander Jardine succeeded in "potting" the calf that had eluded them yesterday, which gave the party a satisfactory meal.

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  • The skirmishers of both armies are continually "potting" at each other from behind the rocks, though without much damage.

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  • FYI you want some kind of potting mix -- NOT topsoil.

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  • For cacti and succulents, a slightly different kind of potting soil is needed These types of plants don't do well in soil containing a lot of organic matter, so changes must be made.

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