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Other Dirt Definition

[n] disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
[n] the state of being covered with unclean things
[n] the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
[n] obscene terms for feces
[adj] (of roads) not leveled or drained; unsuitable for all year travel
[adj] made of packed earth or gravel; "a dirt road"

Misc. Definitions

\Dirt\, n. [OE. drit; kin to Icel. drit excrement, dr[=i]ta to dung, OD. drijten to dung, AS. gedr[=i]tan.]
1. Any foul of filthy substance, as excrement, mud, dust, etc.; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul or unclean; earth; as, a wagonload of dirt. Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. --Is. lvii. 20.
2. Meanness; sordidness. Honors . . . thrown away upon dirt and infamy. --Melmoth.
3. In placer mining, earth, gravel, etc., before washing. {Dirt bed} (Geom.), a layer of clayey earth forming a stratum in a geological formation. Dirt beds are common among the coal measures. {Dirt eating}. (a) The use of certain kinds of clay for food, existing among some tribes of Indians; geophagism. --Humboldt. (b) (Med.) Same as {Chthonophagia}. {Dirt pie}, clay or mud molded by children in imitation of pastry. --Otway (1684). {To eat dirt}, to submit in a meanly humble manner to insults; to eat humble pie.
\Dirt\, v. t. To make foul of filthy; to dirty. --Swift.

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