top dressing

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  1. a dressing of manure on the surface of land.

  2. the action of one who top-dresses.

  1. a top layer of gravel, crushed rock, etc., on a roadway.

Origin of top dressing

First recorded in 1755–65

Other words from top dressing

  • top dresser, noun

Words Nearby top dressing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use top dressing in a sentence

  • It is usually best to pull out the weeds and give the border a top-dressing each fall of well rotted manure.

British Dictionary definitions for top dressing

top dressing

  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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