Top-dressing
Dressing Dress"ing, n. 1. Dress; raiment; especially, ornamental habiliment or attire. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

2. (Surg.) An application (a remedy, bandage, etc.) to cover a sore or wound. --Wiseman. [1913 Webster]

3. Manure or compost over land. When it remains on the surface, it is called a top-dressing. [1913 Webster]

4. (Cookery) (a) A preparation, such as a sauce, to flavor food for eating; a condiment; as, a dressing for salad. (b) The stuffing of fowls, pigs, etc.; forcemeat. [1913 Webster]

5. Gum, starch, and the like, used in stiffening or finishing silk, linen, and other fabrics. [1913 Webster]

6. An ornamental finish, as a molding around doors, windows, or on a ceiling, etc. [1913 Webster]

7. Castigation; scolding; -- often with down. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{Dressing case}, a case of toilet utensils.

{Dressing forceps}, a variety of forceps, shaped like a pair of scissors, used in dressing wounds.

{Dressing gown}, a light gown, such as is used by a person while dressing; a study gown.

{Dressing room}, an apartment appropriated for making one's toilet.

{Top-dressing}, manure or compost spread over land and not worked into the soil. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Top-dressing — Top dress Top dress , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Top dressed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Top dressing}.] To apply a surface dressing of manureto,as land. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Top-dressing — Top dress ing, n. The act of applying a dressing of manure to the surface of land; also, manure so applied. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • top-dressing — [täp′dres΄iŋ] n. 1. material applied to a surface, as fertilizer on land or crops, or stones on a road 2. the applying of such material top dress vt. * * * …   Universalium

  • top dressing — top ,dressing noun uncount TECHNICAL FERTILIZER that is spread on top of soil to make crops or grass grow faster …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • top-dressing — [täp′dres΄iŋ] n. 1. material applied to a surface, as fertilizer on land or crops, or stones on a road 2. the applying of such material top dress vt …   English World dictionary

  • top dressing — noun a layer of fertilizer or manure not plowed in • Hypernyms: ↑fertilization, ↑fertilisation, ↑fecundation, ↑dressing * * * top dresser. 1. a dressing of manure on the surface of land. 2. the action of one who top dresses. 3. a top la …   Useful english dictionary

  • top dressing — top dresser. 1. a dressing of manure on the surface of land. 2. the action of one who top dresses. 3. a top layer of gravel, crushed rock, etc., on a roadway. [1755 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • top dressing — /ˈtɒp drɛsɪŋ / (say top dresing) noun 1. a dressing of manure, soil, fertiliser, etc., on the surface of lawns, crops, etc. 2. the action of someone who top dresses. 3. a top layer of gravel, crushed rock, etc., on a roadway. 4. any superficial… …   Australian English dictionary

  • top dressing — noun an application of manure or fertilizer to the surface layer of soil or a lawn. Derivatives top dress verb …   English new terms dictionary

  • top dressing — UK / US noun [uncountable] fertilizer that is spread on top of soil to make crops or grass grow faster …   English dictionary

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