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DIG (digging, dug)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dig mean? 

DIG (noun)
  The noun DIG has 5 senses:

1. the site of an archeological exploration
2. an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
3. a small gouge (as in the cover of a book)
4. the act of digging
5. the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow

  Familiarity information: DIG used as a noun is common.


DIG (verb)
  The verb DIG has 6 senses:

1. turn up, loosen, or remove earth
2. create by digging
3. work hard
4. remove the inner part or the core of
5. poke or thrust abruptly
6. get the meaning of something

  Familiarity information: DIG used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DIG (noun)


Sense 1dig [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The site of an archeological exploration

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

dig; archeological site; excavation

Context example:

they set up camp next to the dig

Hypernyms ("dig" is a kind of...):

land site; site (the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located))

Domain category:

archaeology; archeology (the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures)

Instance hyponyms:

Byblos (an ancient Mediterranean seaport that was a thriving city state in Phoenicia during the second millennium BC; was the chief port for the export of papyrus; located in Lebanon north of Beirut; now partially excavated)


Sense 2dig [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

jibe; gibe; barb; dig; shaft; slam; shot

Context examples:

his parting shot was 'drop dead' / she threw shafts of sarcasm / she takes a dig at me every chance she gets

Hypernyms ("dig" is a kind of...):

comment; remark (a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dig"):

cheap shot (an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person)


Sense 3dig [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small gouge (as in the cover of a book)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

the book was in good condition except for a dig in the back cover

Hypernyms ("dig" is a kind of...):

dent; ding; gouge; nick (an impression in a surface (as made by a blow))


Sense 4dig [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of digging

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

digging; excavation; dig

Context example:

there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton

Hypernyms ("dig" is a kind of...):

creating by removal (the act of creating by removing something)


Sense 5dig [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

jab; dig

Context example:

she gave me a sharp dig in the ribs

Hypernyms ("dig" is a kind of...):

touch; touching (the act of putting two things together with no space between them)


DIG (verb)


Sense 1dig [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turn up, loosen, or remove earth

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

cut into; delve; dig; turn over

Context examples:

Dig we must / turn over the soil for aeration

Hypernyms (to "dig" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dig"):

burrow; tunnel (move through by or as by digging)

trowel (use a trowel on; for light garden work or plaster work)

shovel (dig with or as if with a shovel)

spade (dig (up) with a spade)

root; rootle; rout (dig with the snout)

furrow; groove; rut (hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP

Also:

dig in (eat heartily)

dig out (dig out from underneath earth or snow)

dig up (find by digging in the ground)


Sense 2dig [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Create by digging

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

dig; dig out

Context examples:

dig a hole / dig out a channel

Hypernyms (to "dig" is one way to...):

core out; hollow; hollow out (remove the interior of)

"Dig" entails doing...:

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dig"):

lift (take (root crops) out of the ground)

trench (dig a trench or trenches)

dibble (make a hole with a wooden hand tool)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3dig [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Work hard

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

toil; moil; labour; travail; drudge; labor; fag; dig; grind

Context examples:

She was digging away at her math homework / Lexicographers drudge all day long

Hypernyms (to "dig" is one way to...):

do work; work (be employed)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4dig [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove the inner part or the core of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

hollow; excavate; dig

Context example:

the mining company wants to excavate the hillside

Hypernyms (to "dig" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dig"):

drive (excavate horizontally)

ditch; trench (cut a trench in, as for drainage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5dig [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Poke or thrust abruptly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

poke; jab; prod; stab; dig

Context example:

he jabbed his finger into her ribs

Hypernyms (to "dig" is one way to...):

thrust (push forcefully)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 6dig [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get the meaning of something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

savvy; grok; get the picture; comprehend; apprehend; grasp; compass; dig

Context example:

Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?

Hypernyms (to "dig" is one way to...):

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dig"):

figure (understand)

catch on; cotton on; get it; get onto; get wise; latch on; tumble; twig (understand, usually after some initial difficulty)

intuit (know or grasp by intuition or feeling)

digest (arrange and integrate in the mind)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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