• WordNet 3.6
    • v manure spread manure, as for fertilization
    • n manure any animal or plant material used to fertilize land especially animal excreta usually with litter material
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bernd Eilts, a German artist, turns dried cow manure into wall clocks and small sculptures. He is now expanding his business to include cow dung wrist watches
    • n manure mȧ*nūr" Any matter which makes land productive; a fertilizing substance.
    • Manure To apply manure to; to enrich, as land, by the application of a fertilizing substance. "The blood of English shall manure the ground."
    • Manure To cultivate by manual labor; to till; hence, to develop by culture. "To whom we gave the strand for to manure .""Manure thyself then; to thyself be improved;
      And with vain, outward things be no more moved."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An Estee Lauder perfume called "Country Mist" had disappointing sales in Germany where the word "Mist" was slang for manure
    • manure To manage; regulate by care or attention.—2. To cultivate by manual labor; till; develop by culture.
    • manure To apply manure to; treat with a fertilizer or fertilizing materials or elements: as, to manure a field or a crop.
    • manure To serve as manure for.
    • n manure Any substance added to the soil with the view of rendering it more fertile; specifically, and as used in leases and other contracts relating to real property, the excrementitious product of live stock, with refuse litter, accumulated, and used for enriching the land. Animal substances employed as manures comprehend the putrefying carcasses of animals, ground bones, blood, the excrements of animals, as the dung of horses, cattle, sheep, poultry, etc., urine, guano (the decomposed excrement of aquatic birds, also of bats), the scrapings of leather and horn, the refuse of the shambles, the hair or wool of animals, etc. Liquid manure, consisting of town sewage, the drainings of dung-heaps, stables, and cow-houses, etc., is largely employed in many places. Almost every kind of vegetable substance, in one state or another, is used as manure. The principal mineral matters employed as manures are lime and other alkaline substances, chalk, sand, clay, marl, various sulphates, phosphates, nitrates, etc.
    • n manure The advent of commercial fertilizers has made it necessary to distinguish farm or natural manures and artificial manures. Recent usage tends to restrict the term manure to the former. In scientific agriculture, only those applications are properly manures which directly supply plant-food, and those which serve mainly to improve the soil physically (as gypsum, lime, marl) are distinguished as soil amendments or improvers. This distinction affects also, to some extent, the term fertilizer. See artificial manure.
    • n manure Unfermented dung. Also called fresh or long manure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elephants produce 50 pounds of manure every day.
    • v.t Manure man-ūr′ to enrich land with any fertilising substance
    • n Manure any substance applied to land to make it more fruitful
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  • Ezra Pound
    “Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.”
  • J. Paul Getty
    “Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells.”
  • Jr. Murchison
    Jr. Murchison
    “Money is like manure. If you spread it around it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place it stinks like hell.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Contr, from OF. manuvrer, manovrer, to work with the hand, to cultivate by manual labor, F. manœuvrer,. See Manual Ure Opera, and cf. Inure


In literature:

The poorer tribesmen paid rent in labour or "services," also in supplies of food and manure.
"A Short History of Scotland" by Andrew Lang
For light land farmyard manure is excellent, but stable manure is preferable for stiff cold soil.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
The crops are raised on it; the houses and villages are built of it; the land is manured with it; the very air is full of it.
"Science in Arcady" by Grant Allen
The question of the removal of kitchen refuse, manure, etc., from barracks next calls for notice.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 421, January 26, 1884" by Various
Their dung, too, was one of the most valued manures.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
Is it not also used in Manure?
"A Catechism of Familiar Things; Their History, and the Events Which Led to Their Discovery" by Benziger Brothers
Of the seed, when received, be so good as to make manure for your garden.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The losses from fermentation of hot manures like horse manure may be largely checked by mixing with the colder manure from the cow stable.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
Little variety of crops, and the tillage slovenly, and without manure or irrigation.
"A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II" by William Sleeman
He did not believe in manuring young trees.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 1, January 5, 1884." by Various

In poetry:

Sow to the ploughing guns
Seed of your splendid sons.
Let your heroic slain
Richly manure the plain.
What will the harvest be?
Unborn of Unborn will see. . . .
"Don't Cheer" by Robert W Service
Dig, manure, and prune, and train—
Suns, and dew, and vernal rain,
Seek from Heaven, nor seek in vain—
Flowers and fruits reward thy pain—
Fair the smiling land.
"To Teachers of The Young" by Janet Hamilton
Spare them, and let me try
What farther means may do;
I'll fresh manure apply,
My digging I'll renew
Who knows but yet they fruit may yield!
If not--'tis just, they must be felled.
"The Barren Fig-Tree" by John Newton
If frost returning interrupt the plough,
Then is the time, along the hardened ridge,
To drive manure, and toss around the heaps,
O'er all the surface equally dispread,
Not scattered carelessly.
"British Georgics. February" by James Grahame
All doors are flung open — in stable and in cowbarn;
Pigeons peck at oats fallen in the snow;
And the culprit of all this and its life-begetter—
The pile of manure — is pungent with ozone.
"March" by Boris Pasternak
But, as an antient author sung,
The vine manur'd with ev'ry dung,
From ev'ry creature strangely drew,
A tang of brutal nature too;
'Twas hence in drinking on the lawns
New turns of humour seiz'd the Fawns.
"Bacchus: Or, The Vines Of Lesbos" by Thomas Parnell

In news:

The record rainfall this spring in Ohio created not only a planting headache for farmers but major manure storage challenges.
Take measures to prevent manure storage incidents on your dairy.
Three Irish dairymen pass away in manure storage accident.
Planting a cover crop while spreading manure cuts costs.
An Aug 26 plot tour at Blight Farms, Albion, MI, will provide a first-hand look at slurry seeding methods and research showing how nutrients from manure applications can be captured, held and recycled to the following season.
She's about to turn on the faucet, and there's a chance liquid manure is going to stream from the spout.
The new product protects UAN and liquid manure applications.
Will cutbacks in grants undermine the development of manure digester technology.
"Information technology and manure have a symbiotic relationship,".
The manure was spread since summer did that smell start once the Recall paperwork was filed.
As nutrient management becomes an ever-increasing concern, pork producers must look at new ways of handling manure.
Research Utilizes Swine Manure in Asphalt Production.
The University of Illinois is transforming swine manure into one of the nation's largest imports: crude oil.
Commercial Manure Applicator Training scheduled for Jan 4, 2013.
Pork producers should be watchful this fall for pit foaming problems when working around deep-pit manure systems to make safety their number one priority More.