noun (plural turfs or turves /tərvz/)
- 1Grass and the surface layer of earth held together by its roots: they walked across the springy turfMore example sentences
- Fall is the season to plant trees, turf grasses and spring-blooming flower bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses.
- She opened her eyes just in time to impact roughly among a sward of yellow-green grass into soft turf.
- Unlike grass, the durable turf can be used continuously, providing optimal playing and practice conditions at all times.
- 1.2Peat used for fuel.More example sentences
- The profit of turbary is the right to cut turf or peat, usually in order to burn it.
- In the surrounding fields, peat or turf is still cut, including by our guide, for fuel.
- The island had no trees and winter fuel was mainly turf, cut from a bog on the mainland.
- 2 (the turf) Horse racing or racecourses generally: he spent his money gambling on the turfMore example sentences
- In his previous effort, Funfair won the Troy Stakes on August 20 at Saratoga Race Course over yielding turf.
- The new track planned for Great Leighs is another nail in the coffin for turf horseracing in this country.
- Once the track is finished, Kempton will no longer offer flat racing on the turf, which will be reserved for steeplechase events.
- 3 • informal An area regarded as someone’s personal territory; one’s home ground: the team will play Canada on their home turf this summerMore example sentences
- There's a powerful sense of entropy, particularly when you see nature struggling to reclaim an artificial area as its turf.
- Scholars engaged in this battle argue that they are not only protecting their academic turf, but preserving the life of their discipline.
- Each knew the other's gifts, each took care not to trespass on the other person's turf.
- 3.1A person’s sphere of influence or activity: we’re in similar businesses but we cover different turfMore example sentences
- I'm not trying to hold on to the turf of my committee as chairman of the armed services.
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- 1 [with object] • informal , chiefly British Force (someone) to leave somewhere: they were turfed off the busMore example sentences
- More than 30 people were turfed out of Norfolk House, Brookmill Road, Deptford, following an early morning raid.
- It seems to mean that these people are simply turfed out into the streets.
- PJ was the first to be ‘evicted’ for nibbling Helen's ears, Craig was turfed out for gnawing the cage, and Penny was thrown out for pinching food rations.
- 2 [with object] (often as adjective turfed) Cover (a patch of ground) with turf: a turfed lawnMore example sentences
- The ground will then be turfed, meaning the children will finally be able to enjoy games on their brand new school field.
- Small, lateral roots that replace the rotted ones give the root system a matter or turfed appearance.
- The roofs were thatched, turfed or covered in wood shingles, depending on available local resources.
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch turf and German Torf, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit darbha 'tuft of grass'.