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:
1755–65

top dresser, noun
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top-dress

[top-dres]
verb (used with object), top-dressed or top-drest, top-dressing.
to manure (land) on the surface.

Origin:
1725–35; top1 + dress

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top-dress
 
vb
(tr) to spread manure or fertilizer on the surface of (land) without working it into the soil

top dressing
 
n
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

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Example sentences
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.
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