- excrement, especially of animals, or other refuse used as fertilizer.
- any natural or artificial substance for fertilizing the soil.
- to treat (land) with fertilizing matter; apply manure to.
Origin of manure
Examples from the Web for manuring
Understand what is meant by pruning, grafting, and manuring.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
The section on manuring the soil will be helpful to the wheat-grower.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
Where the manuring is properly attended to our cotton crop is comparable with Egypt's.Up To Date Business
It is on this fact more than any other that the principles of manuring are based.
The manuring of the former is somewhat different from the manuring of the latter.
- animal excreta, usually with straw, used to fertilize land
- mainly British any material, esp chemical fertilizer, used to fertilize land
- (tr) to spread manure upon (fields or soil)
Word Origin and History for manuring
"dung or compost used as fertilizer," 1540s, see manure (v.).
c.1400, "to cultivate land," also "to hold property," from Anglo-French meynoverer, Old French manouvrer "to work with the hands, cultivate; carry out; make, produce," from Medieval Latin manuoperare (see maneuver (n.)). Sense of "work the earth" led to "put dung on the soil" (1590s) and to the current noun meaning "dung spread as fertilizer," which is first attested 1540s. Until late 18c., however, the verb still was used in a figurative sense of "to cultivate the mind, train the mental powers."
It is ... his own painfull study ... that manures and improves his ministeriall gifts. [Milton, 1641]
Related: Manured; manuring.