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Dirt bed


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dirt bed (Geom) a layer of clayey earth forming a stratum in a geological formation. Dirt beds are common among the coal measures.
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In literature:

I fancy this man devoting himself to danger, to dirt, to bad dinners, to sour wine, to damp beds, to midnight agonies, to extortionate bills.
"Roundabout Papers" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Our beds consisted of a place on the dirt-floor with a blanket under us.
"Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete" by Ulysses S. Grant
Our beds consisted of a place on the dirt-floor with a blanket under us.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
He was cleaning up several square rods of bed-rock in the ancient river bed on the hill-top, and the dirt was rich in gold.
"Forty-one Thieves" by Angelo Hall
He was first to remove the turf and then fill in and square up the beds with black dirt.
"The House" by Eugene Field
A few years later they'll fuss about dirt and want springs on their beds.
"Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party" by C. E. Jacobs
The heat of the sun was melting the snow above us, and water came trickling through the dirt roof upon our bed.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
A great deal of dirt also gets upon the sheets of our beds.
"Applied Physiology" by Frank Overton
I always set two traps to one bed, and cover with dry dirt until it freezes.
"Fox Trapping" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
There was no trace of dirt upon the butter, which might have indicated that we had reached the bed of the glacier.
"The Glaciers of the Alps" by John Tyndall
Flat as a pancake, and, until you come to Hammersmith, the soil is a nasty stony dirt upon a bed of gravel.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
The dirt-bed has been described above in its most simple form, but in some sections the appearances are more complicated.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
Now dig out bed for each trap, placing dirt removed on canvas or blanket.
"Wolf and Coyote Trapping" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Frank secured a pan of dirt immediately on bed-rock, and Hugh panned it for him.
"The Great Gold Rush" by W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
I did not pick the pans, but simply put them against my breast and scooped the dirt off the bed rock.
"All about the Klondyke gold mines" by J. Armoy Knox
An oyster occurs in the "Cinder Bed" and Plant remains in the "Dirt Beds.
"Sea-Weeds, Shells and Fossils" by Peter Gray
I went to bed and covered my face closely, while she scraped and swept up the dirt.
"Memoirs of Leonora Christina" by Leonora Christina Ulfeldt
Finally they reached the rutted, dirt road that twisted along the stream bed toward the framed shape of the farm house.
"The Sex Life of the Gods" by Michael Knerr
The floor is all covered with dirt, and if it were not for the bed, one would imagine that the house was entirely deserted.
"The King of Diamonds" by Louis Tracy
Unmade beds and rickety iron bedsteads; dust, disorder, and dirt.
"A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick

In poetry:

A steely shaft of water shot, and smote the face of clay;
It burrowed in the frozen muck, and scooped the dirt away;
It gored the gravel from its bed, it bellowed like a bull;
It hurled the heavy rock aloft like heaps of fleecy wool.
"The Ballad Of Touch-The-Button Nell" by Robert W Service

In news:

For Mother's Day this year, my son built me a raised vegetable bed and filled it with dirt.
If you have a kid who loves helping out in the garden but you're always brushing the dirt off their knees, a raised bed may be the perfect addition to your landscape.
The Dirt,'s garden blog, shares photos from a weekend project of raising garden beds.
And as seedlings push their hopeful green leaves up from the dirt, full of potential fullness, most are quickly dispatched as we thin the beds.
The sleepy allure of José Ignacio, a fishing village on Uruguay 's coast, appeals to those who prefer the wittingly bohemian, informal atmosphere of dirt roads, mom-and-pop boutiques and bed-and-breakfasts.
"In my culture, not to be a virgin is to be dirt," said the student, perched on a hospital bed as she awaited surgery on Thursday.
The Dirt's Raised Garden Bed.