• A St. Bernard digs out a man buried in snow
    A St. Bernard digs out a man buried in snow
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dig get the meaning of something "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
    • v dig poke or thrust abruptly "he jabbed his finger into her ribs"
    • v dig turn up, loosen, or remove earth "Dig we must","turn over the soil for aeration"
    • v dig remove the inner part or the core of "the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"
    • v dig create by digging "dig a hole","dig out a channel"
    • v dig thrust down or into "dig the oars into the water","dig your foot into the floor"
    • v dig remove, harvest, or recover by digging "dig salt","dig coal"
    • v dig work hard "She was digging away at her math homework","Lexicographers drudge all day long"
    • n dig the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow "she gave me a sharp dig in the ribs"
    • n dig the act of digging "there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton"
    • n dig a small gouge (as in the cover of a book) "the book was in good condition except for a dig in the back cover"
    • n dig an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect "his parting shot was `drop dead'","she threw shafts of sarcasm","she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
    • n dig the site of an archeological exploration "they set up camp next to the dig"
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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
    • Dig a critical and sometimes sarcastic or insulting remark, but often good-humored; as, celebrities at a roast must suffer through countless digs .
    • Dig A plodding and laborious student.
    • Dig A thrust; a punch; a poke; as, a dig in the side or the ribs. See Dig v. t., 4.
    • Dig A tool for digging.
    • Dig An act of digging.
    • Dig An amount to be dug.
    • Dig An archeological excavation site.
    • Dig (Mach) Of a tool: To cut deeply into the work because ill set, held at a wrong angle, or the like, as when a lathe tool is set too low and so sprung into the work.
    • Dig (Mining) same as Gouge.
    • Dig To get by digging; as, to dig potatoes, or gold.
    • Dig To hollow out, as a well; to form, as a ditch, by removing earth; to excavate; as, to dig a ditch or a well.
    • Dig To like; enjoy; admire.
    • Dig (Mining) To take ore from its bed, in distinction from making excavations in search of ore.
    • Dig To thrust; to poke. "You should have seen children . . . dig and push their mothers under the sides, saying thus to them: Look, mother, how great a lubber doth yet wear pearls."
    • Dig To turn up, or delve in, (earth) with a spade or a hoe; to open, loosen, or break up (the soil) with a spade, or other sharp instrument; to pierce, open, or loosen, as if with a spade. "Be first to dig the ground."
    • Dig To work hard or drudge; "Peter dug at his books all the harder."
    • Dig To work with a spade or other like implement; to do servile work; to delve. "Dig for it more than for hid treasures.""I can not dig ; to beg I am ashamed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A mole can dig a tunnel three hundred feet long in a single night
    • dig To make a ditch or other excavation; turn up or throw out earth or other material, as in making a ditch or channel or in tilling: as, to dig in the field; to dig to the bottom of something.
    • dig To study hard; give much time to study; grind.
    • dig To excavate; make a passage through or into, or remove, by loosening and taking away material: usually followed by an adverb: as, to dig up the ground; to dig out a choked tunnel.
    • dig To form by excavation; make by digging: as, to dig a tunnel, a well, a mine, etc.; to dig one's way out.
    • dig To break up and turn over piecemeal, as a portion of ground: as, to dig a garden with a spade; a hog digs the ground with his snout.
    • dig To excavate a passage or tunnel for; make a way of escape for by digging: as, he dug himself out of prison.
    • dig To obtain or remove by excavation; figuratively, to find or discover by effort or search; get by close attention or investigation: often followed by up or out: as, to dig potatoes; to dig or dig out ore; to dig up old records; to dig out a lesson.
    • dig To cause to penetrate; thrust or force in: followed by into: as, he dug his spurs into his horse's flanks; he dug his heel into the ground.
    • n dig A thrust; a punch; a poke: as, a dig in the ribs: often used figuratively of sarcasm and criticism.
    • n dig A diligent or plodding student.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Badgers and coyotes hunt ground squirrels together. The badger tracks the squirrel and digs into its tunnels, and the coyote catches it when it tries to escape.
    • v.t Dig dig to excavate: to turn up the earth: to cultivate with a spade: to poke or thrust, as one's elbow into another's side, or spurs into a horse
    • v.i Dig to till the ground; to occupy one's self in digging; (U.S. slang) to study hard:—pr.p. dig′ging; pa.t. and pa.p. dug, (B.) digged
    • n Dig a thrust, a poke:
    • n Dig (U.S. slang) a hard student
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  • 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.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Glutton: one who digs his grave with his teeth.”
  • Japanese Proverb
    Japanese Proverb
    “Getting money is like digging with a needle, spending it is like water soaking into sand.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. diggen, perh. the same word as diken, dichen,see Dike Ditch); cf. Dan. dige, to dig, dige, a ditch; or (?) akin to E. 1st dag,. √67


In literature:

But twenty hours later, at the diggings, when Dutch stumbled over Frank's sifter, she reverted.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
The miners just start to dig, and if they don't find gold in one place they dig in another.
"The Curlytops on Star Island" by Howard R. Garis
Then I brought a party of bombers to dig the place out.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
He usually digs it from under the log, tears it to pieces, and then buries it under the snow.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Sir John Trelawny and some of the adventurers superintended the digging.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
Care must be taken to dig down and secure the root.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
And he found a spade, and went out, and began to dig and dig at the root of the potato-plant.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
The little brown men are digging under the Gatun dam if any one is.
"Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Chew-chew struck one of the hogs with her digging stick.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
All that we shall have to do is to dig it out.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks

In poetry:

Then dig a treasure called the moon,
A very precious thing,
And keep it in the air for me
Because I am a King.
"What The Scare-Crow Said" by Vachel Lindsay
I dig my grave and lie in it,
And as I dig, I show to men
The tombstone that shall o'er me sit,
As I repose within my den.
"Man's Ambition" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Since then my Love! my Soul's delight!
Thou canst not come to me,
Rather than want thy pleasing sight,
I'll dig my way to thee.
"The Distress'd Father or, the Author's Tears over his Dear Daughter Rachel" by Henry Carey
Could we dig up this long-buried treasure,
Were it worth the pleasure,
We never could learn love's song,
We are parted too long
"Roses and Rue" by Oscar Wilde
Some walk in honor's gaudy show,
Some dig for golden ore;
They toil for heirs, they know not who,
And straight are seen no more.
"Psalm 39 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Sun up; work
sundown; to rest
dig well and drink of the water
dig field; eat of the grain
Imperial power is? and to us what is it?
"Canto XLIX: For the Seven Lakes" by Ezra Pound

In news:

Unverified remains dig up the twisted legacy of England's Richard III.
Archeologists dig up Thracian hoard of gold.
Burma signs deal to dig up buried World War II planes.
It's time to dig up your garlic bulbs: The Real Dirt.
High school students dig up SF history.
They were invited by the National Parks Service to dig up some of San Francisco's past near Lands End.
Firemen go underground to dig up Wells.
For some Birmingham-Southern College students, digging in the earth at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is more than dirty fun.
Will your employer dig up your arrest 40 years ago.
How to Dig Up and Store Dahlia Tubers.
INTERVIEWS Rolling Stones Dig Up Old Single for 'Some Girls' Reissue.
Rolling Stones Dig Up Old Single for 'Some Girls' Reissue.
Debt collection operation threatened to kill pets, dig up dead relatives.
Right in the middle of metropolitan Phoenix, they've been digging for decades at Pueblo Grande.
Dig Up The Roots Archives.

In science:

However, digging a supersymmetric signal out from the Standard Model backgrounds will not be easy, and it is important to calculate the latter as accurately as possible.
Summary of ICHEP 2004
The matrix is therefore very noisy and we need to “dig out” the topological signal from the noise.
Constraining topology in harmonic space
Here the order p6 is only one-loop. A review is Ref. and references to more recent work can be found in the papers place where the order p6 Lagrangian for this sector was worked out [21, 22]. I have done a reasonable effort to dig out all relevant papers for this review.
Chiral Perturbation Theory Beyond One Loop
The decision for cavity digging is fixed at 2010 after an inten se Detector Design Study (eg. cavity excavation, photodetector R&D) performed in parallel of the digging of at least a Safety Gallery in the Frejus road tunnel.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
If the structures are really small-scale density and pressure enhancements in the ISM, then the challenge is to understand how one can generate such large excursions out of a medium with typical densities between ∼ 0.1 cm−3 (the Diffuse Ionized Gas or DIG) and ∼ 1 cm−3 (the WNM).
Small Ionized and Neutral Structures: A Theoretical Review