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top dressing

noun
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.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65
Related forms
top dresser, noun

top-dress

[top-dres] /ˈtɒpˌdrɛs/
verb (used with object), top-dressed or top-drest, top-dressing.
1.
to manure (land) on the surface.
Origin
1725-35; top1 + dress
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Examples from the web for top dressing
  • However, top dressing fertilizer is currently scarce.
  • top dressing means to spread a thin layer of compost on top of the existing lawn.
  • Inorganic top dressing includes gravel, river rock, and decomposed granite.
  • Grades and prepares base paths, applies top dressing, lays sod and seeds athletic infield and outfields.
  • Inorganic top dressing may include gravel, river rock, and decomposed granite.
  • Organic top dressing includes bark, shredded bark or mulch.
  • Compost can be applied as a top dressing in the garden throughout the summer.
  • Good turf management practices also involve annual core aeration of the lawn and compost top dressing.
  • Both temporary and permanent roads and parking areas may require periodic top dressing with new gravel.
  • Compost can also be used in the garden as a top dressing or mulch throughout the summer.
British Dictionary definitions for top dressing

top dressing

noun
1.
a surface application of manure or fertilizer to land
2.
a thin layer of loose gravel that covers the top of a road surface

top-dress

verb
1.
(transitive) to spread manure or fertilizer on the surface of (land) without working it into the soil
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