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Webster 1913 Edition


Dirt

Dirt

(dẽrt)
,
Noun.
[OE.
drit
; kin to Icel.
drit
excrement,
drīta
to dung, OD.
drijten
to dung, AS.
gedrītan
.]
1.
Any foul of filthy substance, as excrement, mud, dust, etc.; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul or unclean; earth;
as, a wagonload of
dirt
.
Whose waters cast up mire and
dirt
.
Is. lvii. 20.
2.
Meanness; sordidness.
Honors . . . thrown away upon
dirt
and infamy.
Melmoth.
3.
In placer mining, earth, gravel, etc., before washing.
Dirt bed
(Geom.)
,
a layer of clayey earth forming a stratum in a geological formation. Dirt beds are common among the coal measures.
Dirt eating
.
(a)
The use of certain kinds of clay for food, existing among some tribes of Indians; geophagism.
Humboldt.
(b)
(Med.)
Same as
Chthonophagia
.
Dirt pie
,
clay or mud molded by children in imitation of pastry.
Otway (1684).
To eat dirt
,
to submit in a meanly humble manner to insults; to eat humble pie.

Dirt

,
Verb.
T.
To make foul of filthy; to dirty.
Swift.

Webster 1828 Edition


Dirt

DIRT

, n durt.
1.
Any foul or filthy substance; excrement; earth; mud; mire; dust; whatever adhering to any thing, renders it foul or unclean.
The fat closed, and the dirt came out. Judges 3.
Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. Isaiah 57.
2.
Meanness; sordidness. [Not in use.]

DIRT

,
Verb.
T.
durt. To make foul or filthy; to soil; to bedaub; to pollute; to defile.

Definition 2022


Dirt

Dirt

See also: dirt and DIRT

German Low German

Alternative forms

Noun

Dirt ? (plural Dirte)

  1. animal

dirt

dirt

See also: Dirt and DIRT

English

Dirt (soil).

Alternative forms

Noun

dirt (usually uncountable, plural dirts)

  1. Soil or earth.
  2. A stain or spot (on clothes etc); any foreign substance that worsens appearance.
  3. Previously unknown facts, or the invented "facts", about a person; gossip
    The reporter uncovered the dirt on the businessman by going undercover.
  4. (figuratively) Meanness; sordidness.
    • Melmoth
      honours [] thrown away upon dirt and infamy
  5. (mining) In placer mining, earth, gravel, etc., before washing.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

dirt (third-person singular simple present dirts, present participle dirting, simple past and past participle dirted)

  1. (transitive, rare) To make foul or filthy; soil; befoul; dirty