turf

Definitions

  • Laurie threw himself down on the turf
    Laurie threw himself down on the turf
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v turf cover (the ground) with a surface layer of grass or grass roots
    • n turf range of jurisdiction or influence "a bureaucracy...chiefly concerned with turf...and protecting the retirement system"
    • n turf the territory claimed by a juvenile gang as its own
    • n turf surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Turf Peat, especially when prepared for fuel. See Peat.
    • Turf Race course; horse racing; -- preceded by the. "We . . . claim the honors of the turf ."
    • Turf That upper stratum of earth and vegetable mold which is filled with the roots of grass and other small plants, so as to adhere and form a kind of mat; sward; sod. "At his head a grass-green turf .""The Greek historian sets her in the field on a high heap of turves ."
    • v. t Turf To cover with turf or sod; as, to turf a bank, or the border of a terrace.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n turf The surface or sward of grass-land, consisting of earth or mold filled with the roots of grass and other small plants, so as to adhere and form a kind of mat; earth covered with grass.
    • n turf A piece of such earth or mold dug or torn from the ground; a sod.
    • n turf In Ireland, same as peat. See peat.
    • turf To cover with turf or sod: as, to turf a bank or border.
    • n turf The turn of a cap, hood, or sleeve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Turf turf the surface of land matted with the roots of grass, &c.: a cake of turf cut off: sod: peat: race-ground: horse-racing, the race-course
    • v.t Turf to cover with peat or sod
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Idioms

Turf war - If people or organisations are fighting for control of something, it is a turf war.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. turf,; akin to D. turf, peat, G. torf, OHG. zurba, turf, Sw. & Icel. torf, turf, peat, Dan. törv, Skr. darbha, a kind of grass, a tuft of grass. √242

Usage

In literature:

The Turf Club afterwards occupied it until 1877.
"Mayfair, Belgravia, and Bayswater" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
The edges of the turf were trimly clipped, and there was not a weed to be seen.
"White Lilac; or the Queen of the May" by Amy Walton
They see the turf torn up by the hybrid's hoofs, but no man, no mule.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
The dove took wing, and the child proceeding came to a level turf where a temple of white marble stood.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
It began to be dusk in earnest as I reached a wilderness of turf and stones.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Presently the beating of heavy hoofs on the turf and the crash of branches were heard.
"The Gorilla Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
The object of this arrangement, is, to imitate Nature, and secure some spots of dense shade and some of cleared turf.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
The thick turf of the lawn round which the drive took its circular sweep made Trent's footsteps as noiseless as a cat's.
"The Woman in Black" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
A solid rampart of turf, doubled on the western side, protected it against the fierce winds of the moors.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
The roof is covered with turf, the walls are of earth and stone.
"Modern Icelandic Plays" by Jóhann Sigurjónsson
And with his heel he made a long mark in the turf, pointing straight toward the sound.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
She had never before heard that he had a passion for the turf; but if it should turn out that he was a gambler!
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
With branches and stones and turf she walled in the open hollow of the rock.
"A Child's Book of Saints" by William Canton
They drew aside to the firm turf of the prairie and put their horses to a slow lope.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
She took him by the wrist, stuck both heels in the crisp turf, and pulled.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
I shall, ere long, with green turfs cover'd be; Then sure thou'lt like or thou wilt envy me.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Cattle do not eat the turf so close as that, and I do not wonder that the vaqueros complained, do you?
"The Story of Wool" by Sara Ware Bassett
The old houses of the square, the Prior's Gate, the noble trees, the stretch of green turf, all shared in the dream-like repose.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
The bank of turf was soft and cool, and the little stream ran over the pebbles with a faint sighing sound.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Her eyes danced in the red glow of the dying turf.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
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In poetry:

Tears fell, when thou went dying,
From eyes unused to weep,
And long where thou art lying,
Will tears the cold turf steep.
"On The Death Of Joseph Rodman Drake" by Fitz-Greene Halleck
Hardly had the mountain violet
Spread its blossoms on the sod,
Ere they laid the turf above thee,
And thy spirit rose to God.
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
The mossy turf on Arthur Seat,
St. Anthon's well aye springing,
The lammies playing at her feet,
The birdies round her singing.
"Jeanie Deans" by Carolina Oliphant
A sound of cutting hoofs that mar and smite
The turf; a long deep roar,
As if a muffled ocean smote by night
Upon an unseen shore!
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson
Thou midnight wind, let not a whisper wave
The stillness all around, until we lay
The worn Old Year within the hapless clay,
And spread with tears the turf upon his grave.
"The Buriel Of The Old Year" by Alexander Anderson
I ask'd thee oft what poets thou hast read,
And lik'st the best? Still thou repli'st, The dead.
—I shall, ere long, with green turfs cover'd be;
Then sure thou'lt like, or thou wilt envy, me.
"Upon The Detracter" by Robert Herrick

In news:

WASHINGTON— A new skirmish is threatening to break out in the long-running turf war between New York and New Jersey.
Turf and Gardening Store giving out lawn-care tips Saturday.
Paper Man and Hard Buck Prepping for Turf Starts.
Clinton and Susan Atkins' Paper Man worked a bullet half-mile over the Gulfstream turf course Wednesday morning as the coaches from D.
In a five-game series, the lower seed is forced to win on the opposing team's home turf.
Hoss 's great for a little surf or turf.
MARTINSBURG -Whether you are in the mood for a sizzling steak or savory seafood, local favorite Hoss 's Steak & Seafood House in Martinsburg has everything that someone with an appetite for a little surf or turf can enjoy.
Point of Entry, his Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr IT) winner Sept 29, should be a prime contender for Horse of the Year if he can win the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr IT).
Founded in Kansas in 1964 as a division of Excel Industries, Hustler Turf Equipment began as an innovation for a lawn care need.
American Turf Attracts Jam-Packed Field.
Air Support breaks from post 13 in the American Turf Stakes.
A gang-related turf dance from the '80s is reinvented for positive goals by urban youth.
The director himself, venturing outside of his home turf of New York, was on hand to introduce his actresses.
Grand Adventure captures the King Edward Stakes over the Woodbine turf.
Grand Adventure delivered his second graded stakes win in a row over the Woodbine turf when he turned back.
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In science:

Tit le: Express method of gamma-ray analysis of the soil blocks which have been sampled without a disturbance of the turf layer Authors: E. G.
Express method of gamma-ray analysis of the soil blocks which have been sampled without a disturbance of the turf layer
At one point, Nobel laureate Phil Anderson said, “You guys really believe that?” At another point, Larry Summers (now Secretary of the Treasury) accused physicists of having a “Tarzan complex.” This was not just a turf war.
Physicists attempt to scale the ivory towers of finance
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