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. DIBBLE, v.t. To plant with a dibble; or to make holes for planting seeds, etc. DIBBLE, v.i. To dibble or dip; a term in angling.
n 1: a wooden hand tool with a pointed end; used to make holes in the ground for planting seeds or bulbs [syn: dibble, dibber] v 1: plant with a wooden hand tool; "dibble Spring bulbs" 2: make a hole with a wooden hand tool; "dibble the ground"
I. nounEtymology: Middle English debylleDate: 15th century a small hand implement used to make holes in the ground for plants, seeds, or bulbs II. transitive verb (dibbled; dibbling) Date: 1583 1. to plant with a dibble 2. to make holes in (soil) with or as if with a dibble
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, 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.