Such grounds are the foundation or starting point of the process of diking.
Almost instantly a breach began to appear, under the attack of a dozen diking spades wielded with feverish energy.
This process has the same general effects as diking, and therefore cannot be employed without many of the same results.
Next day Will and Ted armed themselves with diking spades, and set to work determinedly.
The cost of preparation and planting where diking has not been necessary has seldom been more than $100 per acre.
By diking out the sea the peasants farmed the marsh lands and saved themselves the trouble of clearing the forests.
Old English dic "trench, ditch; an earthwork with a trench; moat," from Proto-Germanic *dik- (cf. Old Norse diki "ditch, fishpond," Old Frisian dik "mound, dam," Middle Dutch dijc "mound, dam, pool," Dutch dijk "dam," German Deich "embankment"), from PIE root *dheigw- "to pierce, fasten" (cf. Sanskrit dehi- "wall," Old Persian dida "wall, stronghold, fortress," Persian diz).
At first "an excavation," later (late 15c.) applied to the resulting earth mound; a sense development paralleled by cognate forms in many other languages. This is the northern variant of the word that in the south of England yielded ditch (n.).