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turf

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noun \ˈtərf\

Definition of turf

plural

turfs

play \ˈtərfs\ also

turves

play \ˈtərvz\
  1. 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

  2. 2a :  territory considered by a 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 turfWall Street Jour.

  3. 3a :  a track or course for horse racingb :  the sport or business of horse racing

  4. 4a :  peat 2b :  a piece of peat dried for fuel

turfy

play \ˈtər-fē\ adjective

Examples of turf in a Sentence

  1. a lawn made by laying turfs

  2. Synthetic turf was installed in the playing field instead of grass.

  3. playing fields with artificial turfs

  4. The team played on home turf.

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Origin and Etymology of turf

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German zurba turf, Sanskrit darbha tuft of grass


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turf

verb

Definition of turf

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover with turf

  3. 2 chiefly British :  to eject forcibly :  kick —usually used with out

First Known Use of turf

15th century

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TURF Defined for English Language Learners

turf

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noun

Definition of turf for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TURF Defined for Kids

turf

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noun \ˈtərf\

Definition of turf for Students

  1. 1 :  the upper layer of soil bound into a thick mat by roots of grass and other plants

  2. 2 :  land covered with grass

  3. 3 :  an area that is or is felt to be under an individual's control Fluffy won't allow any other dogs on his turf.



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