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tr.v. top-dressed, top-dress·ing, top-dress·es
1. To cover (a road surface) with loose material that is not worked in.
2. To apply top dressing to (soil or plants).
(Agriculture) (tr) to spread manure or fertilizer on the surface of (land) without working it into the soil
to fertilize (land) on the surface.
top′ dress`ing, n.
Past participle: top-dressed
An application of fertilizer or manure to the soil surface after planting.