Simple Definition of turf
: the upper layer of ground that is made up of grass and plant roots
: a square piece of turf cut out of the ground that is used for making lawns
: a material that looks like grass and that is used especially to cover athletic fields
Full Definition of turf
1a : the upper stratum of soil bound by grass and plant roots into a thick mat; also : a piece of thisb : an artificial substitute for this (as on a playing field)c : grass 3
2a : peat 2b : a piece of peat dried for fuel
3a : a track or course for horse racingb : the sport or business of horse racing
4a : territory considered by a teenage gang to be under its controlb : territory 2 <have to play two of the last three games on hostile turf — Joe Klein> <in chapter two, the author is on unfamiliar turf>; also : a sphere of activity or influence <people who could hurt him on his own foreign-policy turf — Wall Street Journal>
Examples of turf
a lawn made by laying turfs
Synthetic turf was installed in the playing field instead of grass.
playing fields with artificial turfs
The team played on home turf.
Origin of turf
Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German zurba turf, Sanskrit darbha tuft of grass
First Known Use: before 12th century
Definition of turf
1 : to cover with turf
2 chiefly British : to eject forcibly : kick —usually used with out
First Known Use of turf
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