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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).
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(Agriculture) (tr) to spread manure or fertilizer on the surface of (land) without working it into the soil
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to fertilize (land) on the surface.
top′ dress`ing, n.
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Past participle: top-dressed
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An application of fertilizer or manure to the soil surface after planting.
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