• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dirt (of roads) not leveled or drained; unsuitable for all year travel
    • n dirt disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
    • n dirt the state of being covered with unclean things
    • n dirt the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
    • n dirt obscene terms for feces
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A person will burn 7 percent more calories if they walk on hard dirt compared to pavement
    • Dirt Any foul of filthy substance, as excrement, mud, dust, etc.; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul or unclean; earth; as, a wagonload of dirt . "Whose waters cast up mire and dirt ."
    • Dirt In placer mining, earth, gravel, etc., before washing.
    • Dirt Meanness; sordidness. "Honors . . . thrown away upon dirt and infamy."
    • v. t Dirt To make foul of filthy; to dirty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Romans used to clean themselves with olive oil since they did not have any soap. They would pour the oil on their bodies, and then use a strigil, which is type of blade, to scrape off any dirt along with the oil
    • n dirt Any foul or filthy substance, as excrement, mud, mire, or pitch; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul, unclean, or offensive.
    • n dirt Earth, especially loose earth; disintegrated soil, as in gardens; hence, any detrital or disintegrated material.
    • n dirt Specifically In placer-mining, the detrital material (usually sand and gravel) from which the gold is separated by washing.
    • n dirt Meanness; sordidness; baseness.
    • n dirt Abusive or scurrilous language.
    • dirt Consisting or made of loose earth: as, a dirt road (a road not paved or macadamized).
    • dirt To make foul or filthy; soil; befoul; dirty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. George F. Grant received U.S. patent number 638,920 on December 12, 1899. His invention? The golf tee. He created it because he didn't want to get his hands dirty by building a mound of dirt to place his ball on.
    • n Dirt dėrt any filthy substance, such as dung, mud, &c.: loose earth
    • v.t Dirt to make dirty
    • v.t Dirt to soil with dirt: to sully:—pr.p. dirt′ying; pa.p. dirt′ied
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  • George Eliot
    “Ignorance... is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “He who throws dirt always loses ground.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “You can always tell who the pioneers are because they have arrows in their back and are lying face down in the dirt.”
  • George Orwell
    “I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.”
  • Yiddish Proverb
    Yiddish Proverb
    “Gold's father is dirt, yet it regards itself as noble.”
  • John Heywood
    John Heywood
    “The loss of wealth is loss of dirt, as sages in all times assert; The happy man's without a shirt.”


Dish the dirt - If you dish the dirt on something or someone, you make unpleasant or shocking information public.
Hit the Dirt - To duck out of the way or fall to the ground to avoid something dangerous.
Older than dirt - Something or someone's that's older than the dirt is extremely old.
Put some dirt on it - This means that when you get hurt, you should rub it off or shake it off and you'll be ok.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. drit,; kin to Icel. drit, excrement, drīta, to dung, OD. drijten, to dung, AS. gedrītan,


In literature:

Let in the light and clean out the dirt.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
His blond hair, dark with dirt and sweat, spread in lank locks on the pillow.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Scored dirt where frantic hoofs had pawed in vain, tire marks that ended in side scrapes and vanished.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
The shavings are full of dirt, and so is the straw.
"Dave Porter and the Runaways" by Edward Stratemeyer
Then, slowly, the warrior turned, and beneath buckskin and feathers, dirt and smeared colours, the priest recognized Danton.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Ahead, a row of bark and dugout canoes lay bottoms up on a dirt embankment.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Then, with the dirt lines as a guide, he had begun the walls, giving them the thickness of two sods.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Keep the vegetable well covered with water all the time of boiling, and see that no smoke or dirt arises from stirring the fire.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
As Bidwell knelt to untie the rope his keen eyes detected the glitter of gold in the dirt which still clung to the moist root of the pine.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
The tanning of his russet face looked like a layer of dirt upon a super-whited skin.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

He burned a hole in frozen muck,
He pierced the icy mould,
And there in six-foot dirt he struck
A sack or so of gold.
"The Yukoner" by Robert W Service
That noon a dozen hired girls
Washed out each gown and shirt
Which that exuberant Taylor pup
Had frescoed o'er with dirt.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou
Alas! its fragile bloom was gone,
Its gracile frame was sorely hurt,
Its silken pinions drooped forlorn,
Disfigured by the dust and dirt;
"The Butterfly" by John Lawson Stoddard
"He gambled " in Stock Shares —and Peanuts,
For he was a hell of a " sport "
Never away from the Dirt-track
Except to " appear at Court"!
"Limehouse Liz (Of Lambeth)" by T W Connor
I caught him up with all my strength
And with a silly stumbling tread
I dragged him over the soft brown dirt
And dumped him down beside the shed.
"Grace" by John Crowe Ransom

In news:

There's a new way of finding out what America is thinking, thanks to dirt-cheap online polling.
Building a Dirt-Cheap Portfolio Is Getting Even Easier.
Dirt Cheap ' Pakistan Stocks Seen Rallying 15.
Apple's Dirt-Cheap Stock and the Fiduciary Theory of the Firm.
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap .
Dirt-cheap flights to some US cities.
Dirt track demons ready to roll.
NASCAR's Ray Evernham buys small NC dirt track .
Behind that remark was a history of some of the most spectacular dirt-track racing ever seen.
Race Watch Tagged With: dirt-track .
A three-eighths-mile dirt track is being constructed inside the mile horse racing track at California's San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.
It was a dirt-track event known as the Circle K Late Model Showdown.
Race Week Kicks Off In The Dirt.
Photographer Randy Ellen of Grandville has produced a time-lapse video of Berlin Raceway being transformed into a dirt oval.
Matthew Busch MLive.com Berlin Raceway in Marne is preparing to host its first dirt race in 47 years.

In science:

But without a theoretical justification these strategies have the smack of sweeping the dirt under the carpet.
Entropy of Pseudo Random Number Generators
Dose equivalent (mrem/s) Figure 4: Calculated distribution of prompt dose equivalent in the dirt shielding above the MTA target hall and near Z=0 due to the accidental beam loss.
Radiation shielding calculations for MuCool Test Area at Fermilab
In this way one can determine that the dose rate on the top of the initially proposed 11-feet dirt shielding is about 0.016 mrem/s in general.
Radiation shielding calculations for MuCool Test Area at Fermilab
Figure 5: Calculated distribution of prompt dose equivalent in the dirt shielding above the MTA target hall at normal operation.
Radiation shielding calculations for MuCool Test Area at Fermilab
Using the expression (1) we have also calculated shielding compositions which provide a required attenuation factor for iron-dirt and BMCN-dirt sandwiches (see Fig. 7).
Radiation shielding calculations for MuCool Test Area at Fermilab