Definitions for: Dig


[n] the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow; "she gave me a sharp dig in the ribs"
[n] the act of digging; "there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton"
[n] an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
[n] the site of an archeological exploration; "they set up camp next to the dig"
[v] get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
[v] poke or thrust abruptly; "he jabbed his finger into her ribs"
[v] turn up, loosen, or remove earth; "Dig we must"; "turn over the soil for aeration"
[v] remove the inner part or the core of; "the mining company wants to excavate the hillsite"
[v] create by digging, of cavities; "dig a hole"
[v] work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dig, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dugor Digged; 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. ???.]
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.

Be first to dig the ground. --Dryden.

2. To get by digging; as, to dig potatoes, or gold.

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.

4. To thrust; to poke. [Colloq.]

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).

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

To dig from, out of, out, or 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, to cover by digging; as, to dig in manure.


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

Dig for it more than for hid treasures. --Job iii.
21.

I can not dig; to beg I am ashamed. --Luke xvi. 3.

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

3. To work like a digger; to study ploddingly and
laboriously. [Cant, U.S.]


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

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


Dig, v. i.
1. To work hard or drudge; specif. (U. S.): To study
ploddingly and laboriously. [Colloq.]

Peter dug at his books all the harder. --Paul L.
Ford.

2. (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.]


Dig, n.
1. A tool for digging. [Dial. Eng.]

2. An act of digging.

3. An amount to be dug.

4. (Mining) = Gouge.

Synonyms: apprehend, barb, compass, comprehend, cut into, delve, digging, drudge, excavation, excavation, fag, get the picture, gibe, grasp, grind, hollow, jab, jab, jibe, labor, labour, moil, poke, prod, savvy, shaft, shot, slam, stab, toil, travail, turn over

See Also: burrow, catch on, comment, core out, cotton on, creating by removal, dibble, dig in, dig out, dig up, digest, ditch, do work, drive, excavate, figure, furrow, get it, get onto, groove, hollow out, horn in, intrude into, intuit, land site, latch on, lift, meddle with, pitch in, poke into, remark, remove, root, rootle, rout, rut, shovel, site, spade, take, take away, thrust, touch, touching, trench, trowel, tumble, tunnel, turn up, twig, understand, withdraw, work

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