top-dress
transitive verb Date: 1733 to apply material to (as land or a road) without working it in; especially to scatter fertilizer over (land)

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  • 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-dress — top′ dress v. t. to fertilize (land) on the surface • Etymology: 1725–35 top′ dress ing, n …   From formal English to slang

  • top-dress — /top dres /, v.t., top dressed or top drest, top dressing. to manure (land) on the surface. [1725 35; TOP1 + DRESS] * * * …   Universalium

  • top-dress — /top dres /, v.t., top dressed or top drest, top dressing. to manure (land) on the surface. [1725 35; TOP1 + DRESS] …   Useful english dictionary

  • top-dress — /ˈtɒp drɛs/ (say top dres) verb (t) to apply a top dressing to (land) …   Australian English dictionary

  • top-dress — verb To cover a surface with loose material; especially to cover newly sown seeds with a light dressing of soil or fertilizer …   Wiktionary

  • top-dress|ing — «TOP DREHS ihng», noun. 1. fertilizer applied to the surface and not worked in. 2. crushed rock or gravel put on a road without working it in. 3. the application of such material …   Useful english dictionary

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