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verb (used with object), top-dressed or top-drest, top-dress·ing.
  1. to manure (land) on the surface.
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Origin of top-dress

First recorded in 1725–35; top1 + dress
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Historical Examples

  • In fall, top-dress the Lawn with commercial fertilizer at the rate of 500 pounds to the acre.

    The Practical Garden-Book

    C. E. Hunn

  • After this I top-dress heavy with manure, leaving it lie on the land until spring.

  • You may leave them undisturbed for years, but if you can top-dress them in autumn so much the better.

British Dictionary definitions for top-dress


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