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DIBBLE, n. [probably from the root of top, tip, a point, and denoting a little sharp point; or allied to dip, to thrust in.] A pointed instrument, used in gardening and agriculture, to make holes for planting seeds, etc.
n. & v. --n. a hand-tool for making holes in the ground for seeds or young plants. --v. 1 tr. sow or plant with a dibble. 2 tr. prepare (soil) with a dibble. 3 intr. use a dibble. Etymology: ME: perh. rel. to DIB
Dibble Dib"ble, n. [See Dibble, v. i.] A pointed implement used to make holes in the ground in which no set out plants or to plant seeds.
Dibble Dib"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dibbled; p. pr. & vb. n. Dibbling.] [Freq. of Prov. E. dib, for dip to thrust in. See Dip.] To dib or dip frequently, as in angling. --Walton.
Dibble Dib"ble, v. t. 1. To plant with a dibble; to make holes in (soil) with a dibble, for planting. 2. To make holes or indentations in, as if with a dibble. The clayey soil around it was dibbled thick at the time by the tiny hoofs of sheep. --H. Miller.
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