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  • v. Present participle of top-dress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. manure or compost spread over land and not worked into the soil.
  • n. The act of applying a dressing of manure to the surface of land; also, manure so applied.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dressing of manure laid on the surface of land: often used figuratively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a layer of fertilizer or manure not plowed in


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  • An occasional top-dressing of organic compost or natural fertilizer encourages abundant flowering.

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  • It's not long, though before a shredding wind is tearing the top-dressing from the scene to reveal the charnel-house beneath.

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  • Add compostA quarter-inch of top-dressing compost applied once or twice a cuts the need for fertilizer and water.

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  • Tobacco farmers were also battling to obtain ammonium nitrate fertiliser for top-dressing purposes.

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  • These two years I have been paying money out of pocket for top-dressing, and taxes, and expenses of all kinds;

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  • Beneath that top-dressing of speed, modernity was old.

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  • In order to accumulate the necessary amount of fine sea-sand, he ordered the steward to prepare for an elaborate system of top-dressing all the grounds.

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  • She accuses Shakespeare of suppressing female voices and says that he "buries popular culture under a thick top-dressing of exploitative sensationalism, unblushingly strip-mining both popular culture and every learned text he can lay his hands on for the sake of creating an arresting stage event."

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  • Liquid manures or manure teas (fresh manure fermented in water) are used as "top-dressing" every 2-3 weeks during the first two months of a plant's life.

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  • Farmers have obtained good responses to nitrogen top-dressing during tillering and to systemic fungicides at flowering.

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