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English noun: dig

1. dig (location) the site of an archeological exploration


SamplesThey set up camp next to the dig.


Synonymsarcheological site, excavation


Broader (hypernym)land site, site


Instance hyponymByblos


Domain categoryarchaeology, archeology

2. dig (communication) an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect


SamplesHis parting shot was `drop dead'.
She threw shafts of sarcasm.
She takes a dig at me every chance she gets.


Synonymsbarb, gibe, jibe, shaft, shot, slam


Broader (hypernym)comment, input, remark


Narrower (hyponym)cheap shot

3. dig (attribute) a small gouge (as in the cover of a book)


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


Broader (hypernym)dent, ding, gouge, nick

4. dig (act) the act of digging


SamplesThere's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton.


Synonymsdigging, excavation


Broader (hypernym)creating by removal

5. dig (act) the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow


SamplesShe gave me a sharp dig in the ribs.


Synonymsjab


Broader (hypernym)touch, touching


English verb: dig

1. dig (contact) turn up, loosen, or remove earth


SamplesDig we must.
Turn over the soil for aeration.


Synonymscut into, delve, turn over


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw


Narrower (hyponym)burrow, furrow, groove, root, rootle, rout, rut, shovel, spade, trowel, tunnel

2. dig (contact) create by digging


SamplesDig a hole.
Dig out a channel.


Synonymsdig out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)core out, hollow, hollow out


Narrower (hyponym)dibble, lift, trench


Entailremove, take, take away, withdraw

3. dig (social) work hard


SamplesShe was digging away at her math homework.
Lexicographers drudge all day long.


Synonymsdrudge, fag, grind, labor, labour, moil, toil, travail


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)do work, work

4. dig (perception) remove, harvest, or recover by digging


SamplesDig salt.
Dig coal.


Synonymsdig out, dig up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)excavate, unearth

5. dig (motion) thrust down or into


SamplesDig the oars into the water.
Dig your foot into the floor.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)thrust

6. dig (contact) remove the inner part or the core of


SamplesThe mining company wants to excavate the hillside.


Synonymsexcavate, hollow


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw


Narrower (hyponym)ditch, drive, trench

7. dig (contact) poke or thrust abruptly


SamplesHe jabbed his finger into her ribs.


Synonymsjab, poke, prod, stab


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)thrust

8. dig (cognition) get the meaning of something


SamplesDo you comprehend the meaning of this letter?.


Synonymsapprehend, compass, comprehend, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)understand


Narrower (hyponym)catch on, cotton on, digest, figure, get it, get onto, get wise, intuit, latch on, tumble, twig









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