turf

noun
\ˈtərf \
plural turfs\ˈtərfs \ also turves\ˈtərvz \

Definition of turf 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the upper stratum of soil bound by grass and plant roots into a thick mat also : a piece of this

b : an artificial substitute for this (as on a playing field)

c : grass sense 3

2a : territory considered by a gang to be under its control

b : territory sense 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 Jour.

3a : a track or course for horse racing

b : the sport or business of horse racing

4a : peat sense 2

b : a piece of peat dried for fuel

turf

verb
turfed; turfing; turfs

Definition of turf (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with turf

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

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Other Words from turf

Noun

turfy \ˈtər-fē \ adjective

Examples of turf in a Sentence

Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are back on their home turf. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Are the Picture of Newlywed Bliss While Stepping Out in London," 11 July 2018 Edmonton Eskimos receiver Derel Walker could have had a touchdown reception but slipped making the transition to turf, and the pass was intercepted. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "Flag Football, CFL and Making the Most of Football’s Dog Days," 10 July 2018 When a defender’s knee obstructs the path of his dribbling, he is knocked into the air, then floats down to the turf like a leaf. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Annoying Genius Who Makes the World Cup Worth Watching," 5 July 2018 Hernandez likes to play up faux injuries and already fell to the turf in writhing anguish against Australia after contact akin to a high-five from an infant. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The World Cup is getting seriously dirty now," 4 July 2018 Their next stand contributed to artificial turf at the school yard. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Second graders' lemonade stands raise money for good causes," 1 July 2018 She is bred to like the move to the turf and can be expected to run much better today with jockey Channing Hill back aboard for trainer Wayne Catalano. Mike Battatglia, The Courier-Journal, "Mike Battaglia's expert picks for Sunday's races at Churchill Downs," 23 June 2018 Early in the action, howls of protest arose when the diminutive Messi was knocked to the turf by a Nordic giant. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "For Argies, Soccer is Religion, World Cup Win is Heaven," 16 June 2018 The formation of the boys team marked the culmination of a three-year effort by now senior Seth Horowitz to get the program off the ground and on to the turf. Emmett Hall, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Golden Tornadoes squads enjoy inaugural high school lacrosse season," 3 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And with 52 of 55 seats on the council held by Labour, there was little prospect of the party being turfed out and the company shut down by a new administration. The Economist, "Robin Hood Energy, the company bringing power to the people," 3 May 2018 Damaged property, Zaremba Drive: A Zaremba resident called police at about 4:30 p.m. April 20 and said that earlier in the day, a silver sport-utility vehicle turfed his front lawn. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Drunk driver passes out behind wheel of SUV; silver SUV turfs lawn, hits garbage can: Brook Park police blotter," 4 May 2018 South Korea, after decades under strongmen who were less repressive but nevertheless still iron-fisted, has emerged as a democracy so vibrant that citizens peacefully turfed a president from office last year. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Talk of peace with North Korea has the South wondering: Will this time be different?," 28 Apr. 2018 Schools that are turfing their baseball/softball fields have their phones ringing constantly. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Springer: Basketball banners hung 3 miles apart; baseball off to a soggy start," 30 Mar. 2018 He was dumped as the nation’s president eight months later in a foreshadowing of how Zuma himself would be turfed out 10 years later. Bloomberg.com, "Zuma’s Exit Ends ‘One-Man Disaster’ That Roiled His Nation," 14 Feb. 2018 Riddled by infighting, the party has failed to present a coherent vision for the country since being turfed out of power by Abe in a 2012 landslide after three years in government. Andy Sharp, Bloomberg.com, "Japan's Opposition Picks New Leader to Challenge Slumping Abe," 31 Aug. 2017 Damage to property, Chagrin Boulevard: A resident reported on June 9 that somebody ran into his mailbox and turfed his lawn. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Woman hospitalized after hitting light pole: Moreland Hills police blotter," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of turf

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for turf

Noun

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

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turf

noun

English Language Learners 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

turf

noun
\ˈtərf \

Kids Definition of turf

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

2 : land covered with grass

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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