digging

Definitions

  • A St. Bernard digs out a man buried in snow
    A St. Bernard digs out a man buried in snow
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n digging the act of digging "there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Reach Into Another Pocket and Dig up Another Roll 171 Reach Into Another Pocket and Dig up Another Roll 171

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: While digging, an Armadillo can hold its breath for up to six minutes
    • Digging a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion).
    • Digging Places where ore is dug; especially, certain localities in California, Australia, and elsewhere, at which gold is obtained.
    • Digging Region; locality.
    • Digging The act or the place of digging or excavating.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A mole can dig a tunnel three hundred feet long in a single night
    • n digging The act of excavating, especially with spade or shovel, or, in general, with simple tools and without the aid of blasting. Excavation in this general sense receives various names, according to the nature and object of the work done. See excavation, mine, and quarry.
    • n digging The act of undermining; plotting; manœuvering.
    • n digging plural That which is dug out.
    • n digging plural A region or locality where mining is carried on.
    • n digging plural Region; place; locality: as, business is dull in these diggings.
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Quotations

  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Who digs a pit for others will fall in themselves.”
  • Thomas Moffett
    Thomas Moffett
    “We are digging our graves with our teeth.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Don't dig your grave with your knife and fork.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Glutton: one who digs his grave with his teeth.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.”
  • Japanese Proverb
    Japanese Proverb
    “When you're dying of thirst it's too late to think about digging a well.”

Idioms

Dig way down deep - When someone digs way down deep, they look into their inner feelings to see how they feel about it.
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Dig your heels in - If you dig your heels in, you start to resist something.
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Usage

In literature:

The crash of glass had the effect of causing some of the fowl to stop digging and appear nervous.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Cast three long steps Souwest to Big Rock and dig on landward side.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
On reaching the cottage, he carried the dog to a corner of the garden, while he went in for a spade to dig its grave.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
They quickly take root, and, sending forth shoots from the buds, are in two years fit again to dig up.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Francisco gave a vigorous shove, out shot the canoe into the current; and instantly Maria and Francisco were digging again with their paddles.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
Spreading of news of the new diggings.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
Three men just arrived from Sailor Diggings have brought down 670 dollars in dust, the result of twelve days' work.
"Handbook to the new Gold-fields" by R. M. Ballantyne
When one finds the spot, it is necessary only to dig.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
When things are needed we dig down and find them, or reach up and secure them.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
In the fairy tale the Shepherd-boy was rewarded by the gnome for digging him out; for he received both gold and precious stones.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
My money is gone and I can't afford to dig the long ditch to Mellin's.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
But then, she could dig any time, she reflected.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
Besides, he doubted whether he were strong enough to dig it up, even if he could do so unobserved.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
No matter how deep it is, they takes it down; I fancy the whole lot digs at it by turns till they get there.
"Captain Bayley's Heir:" by G. A. Henty
So lucky on the diggings, so unlucky in town, Bill the Prospector took the box with a slightly trembling hand and rattled the dice.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
But our troops are to dig, perhaps their graves, to the full satisfaction of Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Seward, and Mr. Blair.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
Raoul, there's Injuns out digging in your lead mine.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
We had to dig jolly deep to get the posts to stand up, but the gardener helped us.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
The ditch was named "The sacred digging," and was tabooed to all other purposes except that of catching Tuna-roa.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
What makes you think there'll be anything worth finding if we do, for I suppose the two jokers never came back to dig it up again?
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
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In poetry:

I have been digging deep and long
Mid a horror of filth and mire
A bed for the golden river’s song,
A home for the deathless fire.
"A God's Labour" by Aurobindo Ghose
Nor are those Ph.D's my kith,
Who dig the symbol and the myth:
I count myself a man of letters
Who writes, or hopes to, for his betters.
"Doggerel" by W H Auden
A voice cried, "Go where none have gone!
Dig deeper, deeper yet
Till thou reach the grim foundation stone
And knock at the keyless gate."
"A God's Labour" by Aurobindo Ghose
"They come at my call;
And though they are small,
They'll dig the passage clear:
I never forget;
We'll save them yet,
For love of Rosy dear."
"Splash, Dash!" by Louisa May Alcott
Dig my grave for two, with a stone to show it,
And on the stone write my name;
If he never comes, I shall never know it,
But sleep on all the same.
"If" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Let men or angels dig the mines,
Where nature's golden treasure shines;
Brought near the doctrine of the cross,
All nature's gold appears but dross.
"Hymn 34 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Bing shouldn't dig in, but help city dig out .
Six tips to dig out of it.
What We Need to Think About Before We Dig Out Devil's Gate Dam.
After Another Snowmageddon, Ushahidi Helps New Yorkers Dig Out .
Hawks can't dig out of first-period hole.
Residents from Montana to New England are digging out of a blanket of snow that has snarled traffic.
REVIEWS Oasis, ' Dig Out Your Soul.
Haven't Oasis already released a record called Dig Out Your Soul.
Residents dig out from heavy snow.
Cities Dig Out From Under.
Sunny skies are making the task of digging out from one of the biggest snowstorms on record a little more tolerable.
University of Iowa will dig-up Iowa's namesake.
A Lewisburg resident has been ordered to dig up the flowers, shrubs and fruit trees he's planted where his property borders Cornersville Road on the south side of town.
Kids, parents dig up fun at youth garden.
Digging up the past in the Fifth and Wood corridor.
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In science:

By digging deeper one could reasonably expect to find more surprises and then learn new lessons.
The Early Years of String Theory: A Personal Perspective
This quantity is also equal to Dig ⋆ ϕ if g ∈ Dom(Di ).
Stochastic Homogenization of Reflected Diffusion Processes
Clearly, G ∼= P ⋋ F , where P = hC, DiG is the largest normal 3-subgroup of G and F is the above-defined Frobenius group of shape 5 : 4 which we identify with hA, B i.
A solvable group isospectral to S(4,3)
The current paper digs further along this line and provides not only further empirical analysis and justification of the model of applied to the problem of learning but also gives new interpretations of standard learning phenomena such as model data underfitting or overfitting.
Random scattering of bits by prediction
Thus Ann M contains an element of the form dig(h, H ) where g is nonzero and distinctive.
Primitive ideals of noetherian generalized down-up algebras
The classic Edgar Allan Poe story The Gold-Bug involves digging for pirate treasure.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
Locating the digging sites requires some simple trigonometry.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
Locating the digging spots requires a little trigonometry.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
Poe has our heroes dig two holes but we will show that they must really overlap.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
These observations suggest that the escaped stellar photons may at least provide a sufficient num ber of photons to sustain galactic DIG layers.
Dwarf Galaxies with Ionizing Radiation Feedback. I: Escape of Ionizing Photons
Bandwidths of 10 MHz were processed by the backend system PuMa (Vo ˆute et al. 2002), acting as a dig ital filter-bank.
Radio Pulsars
Simple energy estimations (Reynolds (1990), Reynolds (1993)) favor O and early B stars to be responsible for most of the DIG. 3D models using various methods (e.g.
Constraining the extra heating of the Diffuse Ionized Gas in the Milky Way
Hydrogen is nearly fully ionized throughout all models which is a basic characteristic of the DIG.
Constraining the extra heating of the Diffuse Ionized Gas in the Milky Way
The interpretation for the z heights < 800 pc have to be handled with care as this region is contaminated by radiation from the midplane and therefore the part responsible for the DIG emission is difficult to estimate.
Constraining the extra heating of the Diffuse Ionized Gas in the Milky Way
Fig. 4.— Temperature structure of the DIG, estimates from the observations with atomic data used by Stafford et al. (1994).
Constraining the extra heating of the Diffuse Ionized Gas in the Milky Way
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