[ top-dres ]
See synonyms for: top-dresstop-dressedtop-dressestop-dressing on

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

Origin of top-dress

First recorded in 1725–35; top1 + dress

Words Nearby top-dress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use top-dress in a sentence

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

    The Children's Book of Gardening | Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • In fall, top-dress the Lawn with commercial fertilizer at the rate of 500 pounds to the acre.

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

  • Generally, by using it on wheat and other crops, the farmer will save manure enough to top dress his meadows.

    Guano | Solon Robinson

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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