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▪ Workers dug a trench for gas lines.
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Dig \Dig\ (d[i^]g), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dug (d[u^]g) or Digged (d[i^]gd); p. pr. & vb. n. 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. [root]67.]

  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.

  2. To get by digging; as, to dig potatoes, or gold.

  3. To hollow out, as a well; to form, as a ditch, by removing earth; to excavate; as, to dig a ditch or a well.

  4. To thrust; to poke. [Colloq.]

    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).

  5. To like; enjoy; admire. The whole class digs Pearl Jam. To dig down, to undermine and cause to fall by digging; as, to dig down a wall. To dig from, To dig out of, To dig out, To dig 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,

    1. to cover by digging; as, to dig in manure.

    2. To entrench oneself so as to give stronger resistance; -- used of warfare or negotiating situations.

      to dig in one's heels To offer stubborn resistance.


Dug \Dug\ (d[u^]g), n. [Akin to Sw. d["a]gga to suckle (a child), Dan. d[ae]gge, and prob. to Goth. daddjan. [root]66.] A teat, pap, or nipple; -- formerly that of a human mother, now that of a cow or other beast.

With mother's dug between its lips.


Dug \Dug\, imp. & p. p. of Dig.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"animal nipple," or, contemptuously, "the human female breast," 1520s, origin obscure, related to Swedish dagga, Danish dægge "to suckle."


past tense and past participle of dig (v.).


n. (context chiefly in the plural English) mammary gland#English on domestic mammal containing more than two breasts. vb. (en-pastdig)

  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]

  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]


n. an udder or breast or teat


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DUG may refer to:

  • Double-stranded uracil-DNA glycosylase, an enzyme
  • Bisbee-Douglas International Airport, Arizona
  • Developing Unconventional Gas, a series of energy conferences held annually.

Usage examples of "dug".

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

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.

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.

Friday, October 28 1040 hours Safe house Chah Bahar, Iran Joe Douglas dug the sleep out of his eyes with a pair of HE fraggers and stared at the new day.

It took Mum a long time to get ready and while she powdered her face and arranged the elaborate ornamented folds of her head-gear and dug out her necklaces and bangles, her wrappers and white shoes, and plaited her hair hurriedly in the mirror, Dad was already asleep on his three-legged chair.

This place of yours all together beats anything I ever dug, Force Command and Barathrum Spaceport included.

Suffice it to say that according to the parish records John Doe is dead, and a grave is being dug for him in Bethlem Burying Ground.

Suddenly Mary was running to the chest, she threw it open and dug down to the bottom, Bitsy frantically telling her to hurry.

In an open field with no shade they dug more slit trenches and set up a bivouac that could have passed, and did pass, a regular full field inspection.

Her muscles aching with fatigue, she dug through the trunk Blu had placed at the foot of the bed, and pulled out a set of sheets.

Opening my eyes I found Bossy sitting on me, eyes half closed with pleasure as her paws dug into my sweat shirt.

Working easily, economically, he dug them from sand or broke the byssus threads that anchored them to rock.