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dig

I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
dig a ditch
▪ Ditches were dug to prevent the river from flooding.
dig a grave
▪ In the churchyard, a man was digging a grave.
dig a tunnel
▪ Burglars had dug a tunnel under the building in an attempted raid.
dig in your pocket (=put your hand in your pocket to find something)
▪ Boris dug in his pocket for his keys.
digging...hole
▪ I began digging a hole for the plant.
digs...pit
▪ The female digs a pit in which to lay the eggs.
dug...trench
▪ Workers dug a trench for gas lines.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
around
▪ I dug around for my passport.
deep
▪ They comprise pits dug deep into the ground, lined with logs, and covered with a low cairn of stones.
▪ With the chips down, we had to dig deep.
▪ So to survive I put my head right down and dug deep.
▪ It never ceases to amaze me what human beings can do when they have to dig deep.
▪ The struggle to explore the inner space of their materials has driven sculptors to dig deep.
▪ So the generous trio decided to dig deep into their own pockets to give the staff a four percent boost.
▪ They dig deep especially to maintain the under-21 resources.
▪ Thereafter, McKenzie had to dig deep into his resources to reach the final bell.
deeper
▪ The woman was a typical example, officers found, as they dug deeper into the secret life of Thomas Courtney.
▪ Ignore them and dig deeper, where some truly good stuff can frequently be found.
▪ It includes, for those who wish to dig deeper, over 400 references, many to current literature.
▪ And for those who dug deeper there was no blame and no clear enemy - all was reducible to unconscious hurt.
▪ If the weather had held and still been hot and dry would they have dug deeper?
down
▪ Each time she does so, the male has to dig down to the buried vegetation and cover it over again.
▪ You have to dig down deep, to make it possible for millions and millions.
▪ Who wants to dig down that far?
▪ So Vince Carter dug down and played defense to block Duncan's last shot.
▪ She's just a mass of opinions - when you dig down, it's amazing how little she knows.
▪ A backhoe dug down to the damaged culvert in the bottom while a crew assembled another culvert up on top.
▪ She dug down to the water's edge and the water flowed into it.
▪ My shoulders hunched up, my hands dug down into my pockets, each gesture made was grand as the movies.
freshly
▪ He looks for freshly dug dirt, or tracks.
▪ Tom Kitain to its freshly dug grave by a grove of olive and cypress trees.
▪ Richard Lombu, standing next to a freshly dug mass grave, also remembers the scene.
▪ One of our men spotted a freshly dug fighting position.
in
▪ The crisis came at 5-5 in the second game, by which time Horner had begun to dig in.
▪ Then dig in as much organic material as possible.
▪ They started to dig in to help me put this thing together.
▪ On his second wave he took a steep drop and his nose dug in.
▪ When it comes to crunch time, Bill Clinton digs in to defend the status quo.
▪ About a hundred yards along the path I could see guns that were dug in fairly close together.
▪ The tiny shops dug in, held, multiplied.
out
▪ Crumbling and porous material is best dug out and replaced by new.
▪ Well, it was Paul Bunyan who dug out the Mississippi River.
▪ Colin dug out a huge carrier bag.
▪ Moving briskly, Wade dug out a plastic garbage bag, marched into the living room, and collected the dead houseplants.
▪ It was a nightmare of a trip, the trucks constantly breaking through the crust and having to be dug out.
▪ He began to dig out the sand with his hands.
▪ A Dig out the clumps of roots and divide them into smaller portions to replant or pot-up.
▪ The thing looked as though it had been dug out of a King Kong footprint.
up
▪ The disruption caused by a second spell in which roads and pavements are dug up would be too great.
▪ Or helping politicians dig up dirt on their opponents.
▪ Some fruit trees are still dug up from the nursery in autumn and sold with their roots bare.
▪ Back in the seventies they dug up the street for miles.
▪ The waiters' spoons dig up down up down in the great trifle on the world-famous dessert trolley.
▪ Librarians research facts and dig up needed footage that is filed in a tape room.
▪ It gets the same with people saying the grass should be dug up.
▪ They dug up only a few of the ferns.
■ NOUN
canal
▪ Of the men who actually dug the canals we know less.
▪ It constructs roads, flattens hills, digs canals, builds harbours, employs workers, contracts for services.
▪ Shrimp farmers dig canals to bring salt water to enclosed areas where shrimps are cultured.
ditch
▪ Later they dug ditches for drainage but did not raise the natural platforms artificially.
▪ The rest of the gaggle were going home to dig more ditches and haul more stumps.
▪ There was a mound of earth that had evidently been dug out of a ditch.
▪ He lined the shelter with rock and mud to keep out the cold and dug a ditch to divert the rain.
▪ In the picture are two men, almost interchangeable, working side by side as they dig a ditch.
▪ I dug ditches along the company road.
▪ Researchers dig deep, straight-walled ditches and search up and down the wall of earth for signs of shaking.
earth
▪ He stopped, and dug in the earth floor with a stick.
garden
▪ I dig the garden, or wrap my Christmas presents.
▪ He would wait until evening and the solitude of the rectory, and the peace of his newly dug garden.
▪ It was then time to dig over the kitchen garden, although we now had help.
▪ I phone carpenters and painters, and a funny little man with glasses to dig up my garden.
▪ Stay here and dig the garden.
grave
▪ A year ago the biotech companies' grave had been dug.
▪ Mass graves are already being dug.
▪ When the wine was finished, we went to bed, apart from those who had graves to dig.
ground
▪ They comprise pits dug deep into the ground, lined with logs, and covered with a low cairn of stones.
▪ They crossed the lonely, haunted cemetery to the shallow grave Pike had dug in the ground.
▪ Worst of all, it has to be dug out of the ground by expensive skilled labour.
▪ The men dug it out of the ground where it fell and hauled it back to the village.
▪ This was a substantial piece of timber, dug deep into the ground and supported by a strut at forty-five degrees.
hand
▪ Benjamin then dug his hand into the empty manger and plucked out the remains of the horse's feed.
▪ And the only way I figure we can get to it now is to dig a well by hand.
▪ He started to dig by hand a massive pit-at least 7m deep and 16m across-outside his back door.
▪ Firemen dug with their bare hands to free Gemma Kitchiner from the storage pit on her parents' farm.
▪ He dug his hand through the aromatic blanket and his fingers closed round an unmistakeable shape.
▪ There was nothing for it but to attempt to dig them out by hand.
▪ Within moments the man had me writhing around in agony as he dug his hands into my feet, ankles and calves.
▪ It was an incredible feat of engineering, dug by hand.
heel
▪ Firstly, there are clearly some issues where member states are beginning to dig in their heels.
▪ After he organized a dozen files, Manion dug in his heels and started his workday.
▪ Whether it can persuade the Government to dig in its heels over this issue looks very uncertain.
▪ I dig my heels into the sandy soil of the path.
▪ The others in the case became upset and dug in their heels about changing their minds.
▪ He argued with me but never dug in his heels.
▪ I had to dig my heels in to stay steady.
▪ Gail dug in her heels under attack.
nail
▪ She reached for his hand, clutched it and dug in her long nails.
▪ Most of them are on bare metal with nothing to dig their nails into.
▪ He dug his long nails into them and stumbled to the cooking pot, almost running.
▪ They dug their nails into his left hand.
▪ She dug the nail of her little finger deeply in behind the left ear.
pit
▪ They comprise pits dug deep into the ground, lined with logs, and covered with a low cairn of stones.
▪ On the fifth and final day theory was put into practice and pits were dug for latrines.
▪ A pit trap dug close to the entrance with a bait positioned to lure the ferret.
pocket
▪ All this makes for dramatic pictures, and people dig deeply into their pockets to give.
▪ I stood up, dug into my deep pocket, and handed over the little package.
▪ In their world it is not the father of the bride who digs into his pocket to pay for the wedding.
▪ My shoulders hunched up, my hands dug down into my pockets, each gesture made was grand as the movies.
▪ I do not believe the answer to every problem is simply for government to dig deeper in your pocket.
▪ Children were urged to dig into their pockets for a contribution and to sign the scroll themselves.
▪ He dug in his pocket and brought out a handful of tattered notes.
▪ He dug into his pocket and pulled out the few coins he had left.
trench
▪ We landed too close to some trenches the gooks had dug right next to the Pleime compound.
▪ It was terrible indeed when the trench was dug and filled with blood and the spirits of the dead flocked to it.
tunnel
▪ Deeper and deeper he dug, following the tunnel into the bank.
▪ We had some bulldozers, and they tried to dig out the tunnels.
▪ Trespass can therefore be committed by a person who digs a tunnel under land or who abuses the airspace.
▪ Everyone dug tunnels and trenches under fire, sometimes hitting hard soil and only advancing five or six yards a day.
▪ I could dig a tunnel round the door.
▪ I could dig a tunnel right out.
▪ Burglars smashed in the steel shutters and even dug a tunnel under the building in an attempted raid.
▪ Moreover the moles dug hundreds of tunnels under their line of march.
water
▪ Maggie sobbed with exertion as her hands dug repeatedly into the water.
▪ They dug into the water as though into the ground and pulled it back, piling it behind him like dirt.
▪ She dug down to the water's edge and the water flowed into it.
■ VERB
begin
▪ The crisis came at 5-5 in the second game, by which time Horner had begun to dig in.
▪ He began to dig out the sand with his hands.
▪ But by midday they had taken most of it and had begun to dig in.
▪ Charles began to dig for gold with a broom.
▪ Gary half-turned, spotted him out of the corner of one eye and began to dig again with great fervour.
help
▪ My mind went at once to my tulips, frozen into the black soil of the bed you helped me dig.
▪ The subway will get you around town, but it helps if you dig synchronized sweating.
▪ Or helping politicians dig up dirt on their opponents.
▪ At one of the seven outdoor and museum stops, professional paleontologists will help families dig for fossils.
start
▪ He started to dig by hand a massive pit-at least 7m deep and 16m across-outside his back door.
▪ They started to dig in to help me put this thing together.
try
▪ Example continued It's not until 1992 that the giant wakes up and tries to dig his way to the surface.
▪ We had some bulldozers, and they tried to dig out the tunnels.
▪ Just imagine him saying that to a reporter trying to dig up more dirt ... trying to stir it up a bit.
▪ He says that they need protection against baiters who try to dig up the sets.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ "She says she doesn't want to get pregnant." "Yeah, I can dig that."
▪ He was paid twelve dollars an hour to dig ditches and mix cement.
▪ I found two dogs digging in the garden, looking for bones.
▪ I really dig that dress.
▪ Jessica dug in the sand with a small shovel.
▪ Some of the prisoners escaped through a tunnel they had dug under the wall.
▪ The whole family was out in the fields digging potatoes.
▪ The workmen began digging a hole in the middle of the road.
▪ There were two fishermen on the beach digging for worms.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Benjamin then dug his hand into the empty manger and plucked out the remains of the horse's feed.
▪ If there is a big quake, many homeowners would have to dig deep into their own funds, he said.
▪ Let us now dig a little deeper into this theory and try to appreciate Abelard's thought from within.
▪ They started to dig in to help me put this thing together.
▪ Trespass can therefore be committed by a person who digs a tunnel under land or who abuses the airspace.
▪ We landed too close to some trenches the gooks had dug right next to the Pleime compound.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
archaeological
▪ The Doctor and his companion were led across a field to an archaeological dig.
▪ Wanuskewin is a museum, a school, a philanthropy and an archaeological dig.
▪ Sad excuse for a car park, and soil left unwanted after an archaeological dig.
▪ We helped out on an archaeological dig in Ohio.
▪ Read in studio Welcome back: Large numbers of skeletons buried in a mass grave have been unearthed by an archaeological dig.
▪ Driving into the mountains here is like visiting an archaeological dig.
▪ Morris discovered the expressive potentials of photography while on an archaeological dig.
▪ The rate includes room, all meals, all daytime activities except a nearby archaeological dig, Belikin beer and soft drinks.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ an archeological dig
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Despite my apprehension, Daphne turned out to be a wonderful companion to share digs with.
▪ Her come-back to the application dig died in her throat.
▪ Successful dig - both rabbit and ferret are in sight.
▪ The dig might require such a specialist, trained to handle hazardous materials.
▪ They would be marshalled back to their digs, proudly wearing their uniforms.
Wikipedia

Dig (disambiguation)

To dig is to remove solid material from a surface. Dig or DIG may also refer to:

Dig (I Mother Earth album)

Dig is the debut album by the Canadian alternative rock band I Mother Earth, released by Capitol and EMI on August 10, 1993. The album was certified Gold in Canada in its initial run, and stands at platinum today. It also won a Juno Award in 1994 for Best Hard Rock Album.

The album was noted for its metallic sound, balanced with psychedelic-style lyrics and instrumentals, and further backed by Latin percussion. The latter two were often brought into play during lengthy jam sessions.

Dig (Toshiko Akiyoshi album)

Dig is a small combo jazz album recorded by Toshiko Akiyoshi in 1993 and released on the Nippon Crown record label.

Dig (command)

dig (domain information groper) is a network administration command-line tool for querying Domain Name System (DNS) servers.

dig is useful for network troubleshooting and for educational purposes. dig can operate in interactive command line mode or in batch mode by reading requests from an operating system file. When a specific name server is not specified in the command invocation, it will use the operating systems default resolver, usually configured via the resolv.conf file. Without any arguments it queries the DNS root zone.

dig supports Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) queries.

dig is part of the BIND domain name server software suite. dig was initially planned to supersede older tools such as nslookup and the host program; however, it instead became a complementary tool.

Dig (Mudvayne song)

"Dig" is the debut single by the American heavy metal band Mudvayne from the band's debut studio album L.D. 50. A music video was released for the song on April 10, 2001 and it later won the first ever MTV2 Award. It is also one of the band's most well-known songs, being certified gold in the United States A live version of the song taken from the Tattoo the Earth tour appears on the live album Tattoo the Earth: The First Crusade.

Dig (Incubus song)

"Dig" is the second single released by the American rock band Incubus from their sixth studio album, Light Grenades (2006). Receiving huge airplay from alternative rock radio stations throughout the United States, "Dig" peaked at number four on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. On the Adult Top 40 chart, it reached number 17, while just breaking the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #94.

Dig (magazine)

Dig is a children's archaeology magazine, published by Cricket Media and associated with the Archaeological Institute of America. The magazine targets children aged nine to fourteen.

Dig (Boz Scaggs album)

Dig is a Rhythm and Blues album recorded by Boz Scaggs in February 2001. It was re-released on the Gray Cat record label in 2001.

Dig (Miles Davis album)

Dig is an album by Miles Davis on Prestige Records, catalogue number 7012. It features tracks from a 1951 session at Apex Studios, remastered in 1956 by Rudy Van Gelder. Initially released in the twelve-inch format in 1956, Dig was later reissued as a compact disc with additional tracks. The original album was later released as Diggin' with the catalogue number PR 7281 and a different cover. That later version is the one currently widely available on vinyl although the expanded version of Dig is the one available on CD.

The material was originally released on two 10 inch LPs, except for "Denial," released on a 1954 7" (Prestige PREP 1361). "Dig" and "It's Only a Paper Moon" first appeared on The New Sounds (PRLP 124), as did "Conception" and "My Old Flame". "Bluing" and "Out of the Blue" were originally released on Blue Period (PRLP 140). When the material was reconfigured for the new 12inch format, "Conception" and "My Old Flame" were included on the Prestige various artists collection Conception (PRLP 7013).

After inaugurating the school of cool jazz with the Birth of the Cool recording sessions in 1949 and 1950, Davis almost immediately turned away from that sound in the early 1950s, to which this recording attests. Dig was also the jazz recording debut of saxophonist Jackie McLean.

Dig (Adam Again album)

Dig is the fourth album by alternative rock band Adam Again.

The album was remastered and repackaged in 2015 by Lo-Fidelity Records. The reissue included both CD and vinyl formats.

Dig (band)

Dig is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California.

Dig (composition)

"Dig" is a bebop jazz standard composed by Miles Davis. It was recorded on October 5, 1951 for Prestige Records and first released on an album under the same title.

Its chord sequence is identical to that of Sweet Georgia Brown by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard, making it a contrafact. Davis second recording of the tune on May 9 the following year, this time for Blue Note, it was called "Donna" and credited to Jackie McLean, who played alto saxophone on both sessions ( Young Man with a Horn and Miles Davis Volume 1).

"Dig" has also been played by numerous other artists such as Sonny Rollins, Woody Herman, Donald Byrd, Archie Shepp, Joey DeFrancesco, and Fred Firth.

Dig (Imaginary Johnny album)

Dig is a 2011 album by band Imaginary Johnny.

Dig (TV series)

Dig is an American mystery/ action- thriller miniseries that premiered on USA Network on March 5, 2015, and ran until May 7. Created by Gideon Raff and Tim Kring, it stars Jason Isaacs as FBI Agent Peter Connelly and Anne Heche as Lynn Monahan, Peter’s boss and occasional lover. When Peter investigates the murder of a young American in Jerusalem, he uncovers an international conspiracy thousands of years in the making. The series also stars Alison Sudol, David Costabile, Regina Taylor, Lauren Ambrose, Angela Bettis, and Ori Pfeffer. On May 12, 2015, USA Network cancelled Dig.

Dig (Mark Lizotte song)

Dig” was a song by Australian rock musician, Mark Lizotte. It's his first release under his birth name. The song was co-written by Guy Davies and released in August 1999 and peaked at 18 in Australia. It was included on his debut solo album Soul Lost Companion in October 1999. "Dig" was the 42nd most played track on Australian Radio in 1999.

WordNet

dig

  1. n. the site of an archeological exploration; "they set up camp next to the dig" [syn: excavation, archeological site]

  2. 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" [syn: shot, shaft, slam, barb, jibe, gibe]

  3. a small gouge (as in the cover of a book); "the book was in good condition except for a dig in the back cover"

  4. the act of digging; "there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton" [syn: excavation, digging]

  5. the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow; "she gave me a sharp dig in the ribs" [syn: jab]

  6. [also: dug, digging]

dig

  1. v. turn up, loosen, or remove earth; "Dig we must"; "turn over the soil for aeration" [syn: delve, cut into, turn over]

  2. create by digging; "dig a hole"; "dig out a channel" [syn: dig out]

  3. work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long" [syn: labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, moil]

  4. remove the inner part or the core of; "the mining company wants to excavate the hillsite" [syn: excavate, hollow]

  5. poke or thrust abruptly; "he jabbed his finger into her ribs" [syn: jab, prod, stab, poke]

  6. get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?" [syn: get the picture, comprehend, savvy, grasp, compass, apprehend]

  7. [also: dug, digging]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

dig

early 14c. (diggen), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to dike and ditch, either via Old French diguer (ultimately from a Germanic source), or directly from an unrecorded Old English word. Native words were deolfan (see delve), grafan (see grave (v.)).\n

\nSlang sense of "understand" first recorded 1934 in Black English, probably based on the notion of "excavate." A slightly varied sense of "appreciate" emerged 1939. Strong past participle dug appeared 16c., but is not etymological. Related: Digging.

dig

late 17c. as "a tool for digging," from dig (v.). Meaning "archaeological expedition" is from 1896. Meaning "thrust or poke" (as with an elbow) is from 1819; figurative sense of this is from 1840.

Wiktionary

dig

init. (context galaxy English) dwarf irregular galaxy

The Collaborative International Dictionary

dig

dig \dig\ (d[i^]g), v. t.

  1. To understand; as, do you dig me?. [slang]

  2. To notice; to look at; as, dig that crazy hat!. [slang]

  3. To appreciate and enjoy; as, he digs classical music as well as rock. [slang]

Usage examples of "dig".

Aggregate admeasurement of six Aggregate admeasurement of six dug up and replanted.

Pirem handed over a coin before Ager could dig out any coppers from his purse.

The room had grown cold and Alec was crowding him off the bed against the wall, digging an elbow into the small of his back in the process.

Then, getting down on all fours, he began to crawl up, digging each pair of clamps into the flesh in turn to give him a grip.

The fabric of his trousers was silky and thin, and Ana could clearly see the outline of a pair of unappetiz-ingly small briefs digging into his fleshy buttocks.

Take up one of the large flagstones behind the annealing oven, and dig a hole underneath it in the ground.

Glumly he dug the large bottle out of his pocket, pried off the lid, and poured a fistful of antacid tablets into his palm.

During the day he sauntered about the Aoul or busied himself with some handicraft, but at night, when all was silent in the Aoul, he dug at the floor of the barn.

Of course, there was a lot about the Argyle treasures, old stuff that Clyde dug from the files in the newspaper morgue, but it all seemed new when given this timely twist.

They had blown fluff from a seedhead for camp chores: tonight Seri had to dig the jacks, and Aris had to take care of the fire.

I saw that the armadillo was trying to dig its way out through the kitchen cabinets, away from the light.

It is claimed that the giant armadillo is a veritable grave-robber and sometimes digs up dead bodies for the purpose of eating them.

There were also rumours and fairytales: of alien digs beneath the crust, evidence that the chasm had in some sense been artefactual, if not necessarily deliberate.

He stopped beside the hole Ath had dug and pulled something from a pocket.

Maiden Court had stood four-square to the wind since its first owner, a wild Norman nobleman, who had dug its first sod and had relished the battle to wrest its acres from the forest, had laid azide his battle dress and founded his family, and that was good enough for Harry.