Definition of manure in English:



mass noun
  • 1Animal dung used for fertilizing land.

    ‘plenty of fully rotted horse manure can be dug in this fall’
    • ‘High rainfall washes more animal manure off the land into watercourses.’
    • ‘The increase in animal density has presented a challenge in the collection, storage, and land application of manure.’
    • ‘Grass clippings arrive throughout the mowing season, and horse manure is delivered year-round.’
    • ‘The amendments apply to livestock producers and farmers using livestock manure to fertilize crops.’
    • ‘This can happen when apples drop to the ground in an orchard and land in deer droppings or livestock manure.’
    • ‘Along with the animals' manure, no other fertilizer should be necessary.’
    • ‘Sometimes manure is spread over land without first being decomposed.’
    • ‘Beware using manure from horses bedded on wood shavings - while the shavings will rot down eventually, it can take many months.’
    • ‘Pig and horse manure are just not rich enough for the roses.’
    • ‘Most Romano-British farmsteads were mixed, dependent on animals for manure, traction, dairy products, wool, hides, and meat.’
    • ‘They also provide dung for manure and fuel, and they pull ploughs and carts.’
    • ‘Dig in some compost or well-rotted horse manure (fresh manure will damage the plants) and rake level, removing any large stones.’
    • ‘But a lot of community people are concerned with the effects of applying chicken manure to land.’
    • ‘Farmyard manure is prepared from dung, yet about 60 to 70 per cent of dung is used as fuel in rural areas.’
    • ‘We spread manure on our land to help fertilize our crops without chemicals.’
    • ‘This will oblige hundreds of farmers to limit their use of chemical fertilisers and animal manure.’
    • ‘There is absolutely no manure or animal products in my compost.’
    • ‘Ancient farmers discovered that plant yield could be increased on a plot of land by spreading animal manure throughout.’
    • ‘This means forking in as much compost as you can spare and tossing in some pelletised poultry manure or granular complete fertiliser before you plant.’
    • ‘In a feedlot, lots of animals deposit their manure on a small amount of bare land.’
    dung, muck, droppings, ordure, guano, cowpats
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    1. 1.1 Any compost or artificial fertilizer.
      ‘organic manure might be animal or vegetable derived’
      count noun ‘artificial manures’
      • ‘Most organic farmers try to supply their nitrogen needs with legumes in the crop rotation or with manures and composts.’
      • ‘Among the most dedicated of gardeners, different manures were, and are, preferred for particular crops.’
      • ‘Such manures are usually high in ammonia and solids, which can coat and/or burn vegetation.’
      • ‘The bags are filled with manure comprising cow dung, neem cake, prawn shell powder and neopeat (coconut fibre).’
      • ‘Farmers commonly spread manure on their lands, a practice that often results in excess phosphorus being applied.’
      • ‘His crops have been growing on green manures or simple techniques like rotating them every other year, and yet he has been able to maximise his production on the 14-hectare piece of land.’
      • ‘Here we see the beginnings of plant selection, soil cultivation, plant propagation, land clearing and the using of manures.’
      • ‘Organic fertilizers and manures may also be used.’
      • ‘All kinds of manures have minerals in them and organic farmers also use other minerals like chalk or rock phosphate.’
      • ‘The findings will be used to minimise application of chemical fertilisers and using organic manures.’
      • ‘Green manures are another source of organic matter and plant nutrients.’
      • ‘Of all the nutrients in manure and chemical fertilizer, only a portion is available to the plant.’
      • ‘Normally, my green manures are alfalfa and I grow them under the nurse crop, and when we cut that nurse crop in the fall the alfalfa can grow if there are fall rains.’
      • ‘Stalls had also been put up to educate visitors on the proper use of manures, pesticides and fertilizer.’
      • ‘I'm not the best person, then, to answer a question from a gardener who wants to know what kind of manures and fertilisers I would recommend to the serious organic gardener.’
      • ‘Phosphorus is the critical nutrient, not nitrogen, in calculating the amount of crop land needed to spread a unit of manure.’
      • ‘Similarly, soil tests from land on which manure is applied ensure that nutrients in the soil remain at levels that can be used by the crop on an annual basis.’
      • ‘The Fellows use draft horses to spread manure, rake hay, and move fences, water, firewood and hay around the farm.’


[with object]
  • Apply manure to (land)

    ‘the ground should be well dug and manured’
    • ‘For example, instead of manuring lands, the Indians would periodically slash and burn areas they wished to cultivate.’
    • ‘Barley was grown, sheep were kept and the fields were manured with seaweed and domestic refuse.’
    • ‘The fact that the countryside around the White Horse is so picturesque, has not happened by accident but by careful, rotational grassland management of which grazing and manuring is part.’
    • ‘An assessment of the uniformity of animal manuring across the pasture should be made before crediting the returned nutrients to the entire pasture acreage.’
    • ‘This enabled cattle and sheep to crop on sown grass and turnips - with the land limed and manured as part of a rotation.’
    • ‘Their evidence suggests that it is those farmers with less secure access to land who invest in the soil through such practices as manuring, crop rotation, and leaving trees in fields, to improve their tenurial rights.’
    • ‘‘They take up too much moisture and if you have dug, manured and watered a bed ready for planting their roots will sniff it out and make a beeline for it,’ he said.’
    • ‘He manured his arable land meticulously and liberally, offering to care for his neighbours' cattle free of charge over the winter months in order to guarantee his supply.’
    • ‘The parent stock needed careful tending, some bits to be cut back and pruned, others to be encouraged to grow, by letting in more light, mulching, manuring, clearing away invasive growth around the roots and all the rest.’
    • ‘Soil should be well dug and richly manured.’
    • ‘The Association also holds regular lectures covering the general techniques like repotting, pruning, trimming and manuring of bonsai trees and shares knowledge on specialised techniques to grow bonsai in different natural forms.’
    • ‘On the more practical level, Morgan reported efforts to control the fly by manuring, rolling, and grazing the wheat.’
    • ‘They had been working hard at manuring our fruit trees after the recent rains.’
    • ‘Cowdung manuring, a traditional folk practice, is explained by both concepts, cowdung being said to be a cooling agent as well as a nutritive fertilizer.’
    • ‘The size of farms increased, and large numbers of animals were used to provide power and to manure the soil.’
    • ‘We placed a sizable order and received them recently beautifully packed and labelled with an instruction sheet for planting and manuring the bulbs.’
    • ‘We cleaned horse stalls, manured the land by hand, and the landlord plowed it.’
    • ‘After having purchased buffaloes and bulls, the farm is slowly becoming self-reliant with manuring, ploughing and transport of agricultural goods being done by my hired workers.’
    • ‘I tend to use our compost in spring, on beds which weren't manured over winter but which could do with a wee boost in preparation for the season's sowing or planting.’
    • ‘Like carrots, swedes and turnips prefer to be grown in well-drained and friable soil that hasn't been freshly manured.’
    add fertilizer to, enrich with fertilizer, feed, mulch, compost, manure, dung, dress, top-dress
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Late Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘cultivate (land’)): from Anglo-Norman French mainoverer, Old French manouvrer (see manoeuvre). The noun sense dates from the mid 16th century.