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)
4. To thrust; to poke. "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.
Origin: Dug or Digged; 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.
(01 Mar 1998)
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