manure Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun any animal or plant material used to fertilize land especially animal excreta usually with litter material
  2. verb spread manure, as for fertilization


Ma*nure" transitive verb
Contr, from OF. manuvrer, manovrer, to work with the hand, to cultivate by manual labor, F. manuvker. See Manual, Ure, Opera, and cf. Inure.
imperfect & past participle Manured ; present participle & verbal noun Manuring
  1. To cultivate by manual labor; to till; hence, to develop by culture. Obs.
    To whom we gave the strand for to manure. Surrey.
    Manure thyself then; to thyself be improved; And with vain, outward things be no more moved. Donne.
  2. To apply manure to; to enrich, as land, by the application of a fertilizing substance.
    The blood of English shall manure the ground. Shak.
Ma*nure" noun
  1. Any matter which makes land productive; a fertilizing substance, as the contents of stables and barnyards, dung, decaying animal or vegetable substances, etc. Dryden.

Webster 1913