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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Top-dress \Top"-dress`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Top-dressed; p. pr. & vb. n. Top-dressing.] To apply a surface dressing of manureto,as land. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Top-dressing \Top"-dress`ing\, n. The act of applying a dressing of manure to the surface of land; also, manure so applied. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dressing \Dress"ing\, n. 1. Dress; raiment; especially, ornamental habiliment or attire. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 2. (Surg.) An application (a remedy, bandage, etc.) to cover a sore or wound. --Wiseman. [1913 Webster] 3. Manure or compost over land. When it remains on the surface, it is called a top-dressing. [1913 Webster] 4. (Cookery) (a) A preparation, such as a sauce, to flavor food for eating; a condiment; as, a dressing for salad. (b) The stuffing of fowls, pigs, etc.; forcemeat. [1913 Webster] 5. Gum, starch, and the like, used in stiffening or finishing silk, linen, and other fabrics. [1913 Webster] 6. An ornamental finish, as a molding around doors, windows, or on a ceiling, etc. [1913 Webster] 7. Castigation; scolding; -- often with down. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Dressing case, a case of toilet utensils. Dressing forceps, a variety of forceps, shaped like a pair of scissors, used in dressing wounds. Dressing gown, a light gown, such as is used by a person while dressing; a study gown. Dressing room, an apartment appropriated for making one's toilet. Top-dressing, manure or compost spread over land and not worked into the soil. [1913 Webster]