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A pointed gardening implement used to make holes in soil, especially for planting bulbs or seedlings.
tr.v. dib·bled, dib·bling, dib·bles
1. To make holes in (soil) with a pointed implement.
2. To plant by means of a pointed implement.
[Middle English dibbel.]
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(Horticulture) Also called (esp Brit): dibber a small hand tool used to make holes in the ground for planting or transplanting bulbs, seeds, or roots
1. (Horticulture) to make a hole in (the ground) with a dibble
2. (Horticulture) to plant (bulbs, seeds, etc) with a dibble
[C15: of obscure origin]
slang Brit a policeman
[C20: allusion to the police officer of that name in the children's animated cartoon Top Cat]
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n., v. -bled, -bling. n.
1. Also, dib•ber (ˈdɪb ər) a small, hand-held, pointed implement for making holes in soil, as for planting seedlings and bulbs.v.t.
2. to make holes (in soil) with a dibble.
3. to plant with a dibble.
[1325–75; late Middle English; compare dial. dib in same sense (obscurely akin to dip1)]
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dibble- "To drink like a duck," lifting up the head after each sip.
See also related terms for sip.
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Past participle: dibbled
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|Noun||1.||dibble - a wooden hand tool with a pointed end; used to make holes in the ground for planting seeds or bulbs|
hand tool - a tool used with workers' hands
|Verb||1.||dibble - plant with a wooden hand tool; "dibble Spring bulbs"|
|2.||dibble - make a hole with a wooden hand tool; "dibble the ground"|
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