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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.
It's not long, though before a shredding wind is tearing the top-dressing from the scene to reveal the charnel-house beneath.
Add compostA quarter-inch of top-dressing compost applied once or twice a cuts the need for fertilizer and water.
Tobacco farmers were also battling to obtain ammonium nitrate fertiliser for top-dressing purposes.
These two years I have been paying money out of pocket for top-dressing, and taxes, and expenses of all kinds;
Beneath that top-dressing of speed, modernity was old.
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.
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."
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.
Farmers have obtained good responses to nitrogen top-dressing during tillering and to systemic fungicides at flowering.