from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cover (a road surface) with loose material that is not worked in.
- transitive v. To cover (farmland) with fertilizer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cover a surface with loose material; especially to cover newly-sown seeds with a light dressing of soil or fertilizer
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To apply a surface dressing of manureto,as land.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To manure on the surface, as land.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. scatter manure or fertilizer over (land)
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‘To tell the truth, my friend, I should not have done very well here unless I had been able to top-dress the English acres with a little Australian gold.’
They must plow, and sow, and top-dress, and bottom-dress, and deep-drain, and surface-drain, and all the rest of it.
From its dwarfness this Daffodil is very liable to be soiled; either of three plans may be adopted to prevent this: Plant on grass; top-dress in
After the plants are well established, they are easily managed, and go many years without repotting; but, of course, we top-dress them annually, previously removing as much of the old soil as will come away easily.
A deep moist loam suits them best; and as the plants grow and bloom, add bone meal and top-dress with manure.
The real men on the land, what few are left, are dumb and helpless; and these fellows here for one reason or another don't mean business -- they'll talk and tinker and top-dress -- that's all.
'First he tells me to top-dress the upper lot, and then right off he wants me to harness up and go to the mill.
With a view to renovate the crop and increase the yields, in some sections, as in the Atlantic States, it has been recommended to top-dress alfalfa fields with farmyard manure every autumn.
The accumulation of the winter is usually applied to the land for the corn crop, except the finer portion, which is used to top-dress meadow land.
In order to have this sort of asparagus, you want to manure heavily in the early spring, fork it in, and top-dress (that sounds technical) with a thick layer of chloride of sodium: if you cannot get that, common salt will do, and the neighbors will never notice whether it is the orthodox Na.