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dirt
WordNet 2.0
  • disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
  • the state of being covered with unclean things
  • the part of the earth''s surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
  • obscene terms for feces
  • (of roads) not leveled or drained
  • unsuitable for all year travel
dirt
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

  • 1. To make foul of filthy; to dirty. Swift.

 

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