What does dig mean?
Definitions for dig
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dig, excavation, archeological sitenoun
the site of an archeological exploration
"they set up camp next to the dig"
shot, shaft, slam, dig, barb, jibe, gibenoun
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"
a small gouge (as in the cover of a book)
"the book was in good condition except for a dig in the back cover"
excavation, digging, dignoun
the act of digging
"there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton"
the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow
"she gave me a sharp dig in the ribs"
dig, delve, cut into, turn oververb
turn up, loosen, or remove earth
"Dig we must"; "turn over the soil for aeration"
dig, dig outverb
create by digging
"dig a hole"; "dig out a channel"
labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moilverb
"She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long"
dig, dig up, dig outverb
remove, harvest, or recover by digging
"dig salt"; "dig coal"
thrust down or into
"dig the oars into the water"; "dig your foot into the floor"
excavate, dig, hollowverb
remove the inner part or the core of
"the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"
jab, prod, stab, poke, digverb
poke or thrust abruptly
"he jabbed his finger into her ribs"
grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehendverb
get the meaning of something
"Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
a critical and sometimes sarcastic or insulting remark, but often good-humored; as, celebrities at a roast must suffer through countless digs.
An archeological excavation site.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
preter. dug, or digged; part. pass. dug, or digged.
Etymology: dic , Saxon, a ditch; dyger, Danish, to dig.
Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall; and when I had digged in the wall, I beheld a door. Ezek. viii. 8.
Seek with heart and mouth to build up the walks of Jerusalem, which you have broken down; and to fill up the mines that you have digged by craft and subtlety, to overthrow the same. John Whitgift.
He built towers in the desert, and digged many wells; for he had much cattle. 2 Chro. xxvi. 10.
The walls of your garden, without their furniture, look as ill as those of your house; so that you cannot dig up your garden too often. William Temple.
Be first to dig the ground, be first to burn
The branches lopt. John Dryden, Virg. Georg. ii.
A rav’nous vulture in his open’d side,
Her crooked beak and cruel talons try’d;
Still for the growing liver digg’d his breast,
The growing liver still supply’d the feast. John Dryden, Æn.
It is digged out of even the highest mountains, and indeed all other parts of the earth contingently and indifferently; as the pyrites. John Woodward.
Nor was the ground alone requir’d to bear
Her annual income to the crooked share;
But greedy mortals, rummaging her store,
Digg’d from her entrails first the precious ore. John Dryden, Ovid.
To work with a spade; to work in making holes, or turning the ground.
They long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than far hid treasures. Job iii. 21.
They have often dug into lands that are described in old authors, as the places where such particular statues or obelisks stood, and have seldom failed of success in their pursuits. Joseph Addison, Travels.
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
to get by digging; as, to dig potatoes, or gold
to hollow out, as a well; to form, as a ditch, by removing earth; to excavate; as, to dig a ditch or a well
to thrust; to poke
to work with a spade or other like implement; to do servile work; to delve
to take ore from its bed, in distinction from making excavations in search of ore
to work like a digger; to study ploddingly and laboriously
a thrust; a punch; a poke; as, a dig in the side or the ribs. See Dig, v. t., 4
a plodding and laborious student
Etymology: [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. 67.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dig, v.t. to excavate: to turn up the earth: to cultivate with a spade: to poke or thrust, as one's elbow into another's side, or spurs into a horse.—v.i. to till the ground; to occupy one's self in digging; (U.S. slang) to study hard:—pr.p. dig′ging; pa.t. and pa.p. dug, (B.) digged.—n. a thrust, a poke: (U.S. slang) a hard student.—adj. Dig′gable, that may be dug.—n. Dig′ger, a person or animal that digs: a machine for digging, as a steam-digger.—n.pl. Dig′gings, places where mining is carried on, esp. for gold: (slang, orig. American) lodgings, rooms.—Dig in, to cover over by digging: to work hard; Dig out (U.S. slang), to decamp.—Digger Indians, degraded Indian tribes of California and Nevada, who live by digging roots. [Prob. O. Fr. diguer, to dig; of Teut. origin.]
To understand; "can you dig it?"
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Rank popularity for the word 'dig' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3693
Rank popularity for the word 'dig' in Verbs Frequency: #592
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The numerical value of dig in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of dig in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of dig in a Sentence
Dippers' are those who dig in into different issues and make commentaries without actually doing anything to resolve issues.
We're entrusting someone who has, I think, questionable issues in his background to lead an agency with an enormous amount of power, that should be a concern to every American and the U.S. Senate should dig in deeply on that.
So be it. Let them go back and dig up eight-year-old stuff. I will be able to explain it this time where they wouldn't let me explain it the last time.
They can dig down into that data and learn more about the individuals, what their hobbies are, what their vices are, what skeletons they have in their closet.
We went from 39.2 billion (CFA francs) in losses to 49.3 billion in just one harvest. If we continue like that we'll just dig the hole deeper.
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