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Definition of DIG

5 definitions found:

Dig \Dig\, v. i.
     1. To work with a spade or other like implement; to do servile work; to delve. [1913 Webster]

              Dig for it more than for hid treasures. --Job iii.
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              I can not dig; to beg I am ashamed.   --Luke xvi. 3. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Mining) To take ore from its bed, in distinction from making excavations in search of ore. [1913 Webster]

     3. To work hard or drudge; specif. (U. S.): To study ploddingly and laboriously. [Colloq.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

              Peter dug at his books all the harder. --Paul L. Ford. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     4. (Mach.) Of a tool: To cut deeply into the work because ill set, held at a wrong angle, or the like, as when a lathe tool is set too low and so sprung into the work.

     {To dig out}, to depart; to leave, esp. hastily; decamp. [Slang, U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Dig \Dig\ (d[i^]g), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dug} (d[u^]g) or {Digged} (d[i^]gd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Digging}. -- Digged is archaic.] [OE. diggen, perh. the same word as diken, dichen (see {Dike}, {Ditch}); cf. Dan. dige to dig, dige a ditch; or (?) akin to E. 1st dag. [root]67.]
     1. To turn up, or delve in, (earth) with a spade or a hoe; to open, loosen, or break up (the soil) with a spade, or other sharp instrument; to pierce, open, or loosen, as if with a spade. [1913 Webster]

              Be first to dig the ground.           --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. To get by digging; as, to dig potatoes, or gold. [1913 Webster]

     3. To hollow out, as a well; to form, as a ditch, by removing earth; to excavate; as, to dig a ditch or a well. [1913 Webster]

     4. To thrust; to poke. [Colloq.]
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              You should have seen children . . . dig and push their mothers under the sides, saying thus to them: Look, mother, how great a lubber doth yet wear pearls.                               --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster]

     5. To like; enjoy; admire. The whole class digs Pearl Jam. [Colloq.] [PJC]

     {To dig down}, to undermine and cause to fall by digging; as, to dig down a wall.

     {To dig from}, {To dig out of}, {To dig out}, {To dig up}, to get out or obtain by digging; as, to dig coal from or out of a mine; to dig out fossils; to dig up a tree. The preposition is often omitted; as, the men are digging coal, digging iron ore, digging potatoes.

     {To dig in},
        (a) to cover by digging; as, to dig in manure. (b) To entrench oneself so as to give stronger resistance;
            -- used of warfare or negotiating situations.

     {to dig in one's heels} To offer stubborn resistance. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

dig \dig\ (d[i^]g), v. t.
     1. To understand; as, do you dig me?. [slang]

     2. To notice; to look at; as, dig that crazy hat!. [slang] [PJC]

     3. To appreciate and enjoy; as, he digs classical music as well as rock. [slang] [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Dig \Dig\, n.
     1. A thrust; a punch; a poke; as, a dig in the side or the ribs. See {Dig}, v. t., 4. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

     2. A plodding and laborious student. [Cant, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

     3. A tool for digging. [Dial. Eng.]
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     4. An act of digging.
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     5. An amount to be dug.
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     6. (Mining) same as {Gouge}.
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     7. a critical and sometimes sarcastic or insulting remark, but often good-humored; as, celebrities at a roast must suffer through countless digs. [PJC]

     8. An archeological excavation site.

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

317 Moby Thesaurus words for "dig":
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Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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