Main definitions of sod in English

: sod1sod2

sod1

noun

the sod
  • 1The surface of the ground, with the grass growing on it; turf.

    ‘underneath the sod was a layer of humus’
    • ‘I chunked my stuff on the sod and lay down next to it.’
    • ‘Heavy grazing the previous fall is essential to weaken and open up the sod when tillage or chemical control of the sod are not used.’
    • ‘Put plastic runners on both sides of the trench to avoid damage to your lawn, one runner for the sod and the other runner for the dirt.’
    • ‘Look for 1,480 trees, 87,000 shrubs and sod to cover the equivalent of seven football fields.’
    • ‘Isabella felt like a chunk of sod when an earthworm burrows into it.’
    • ‘A dense sod of the drop-seed grass, Sporobolus flexuosus, characterizes this area.’
    • ‘The seeds are also spread by way of composted manure, grass seed, sod, or hay, as well as by deer and other wildlife.’
    • ‘Fans are trying to pull down the goal posts or tear a piece of history from the Ohio Stadium sod, and cops are shooting pepper spray at anything that moves.’
    • ‘Such are the quality of modern day pitches like Hyde Park, a couple of rain-free hours could help turn a water-logged sod into a playable surface.’
    • ‘Next, he removed the sod and soil and added a thin layer of gravel.’
    • ‘After removing the sod, till the area and break up the compacted soil.’
    • ‘Removing the sod creates a recess in the soil, resulting in poor drainage.’
    • ‘If you choose to plant your crowns in your lawn, you'll have to remove the sod with a garden shovel.’
    • ‘Despite the horrific rain of the previous two days the Timahoe sod provided a perfect surface which contributed to make this game so enjoyable.’
    • ‘The installation of the ProGrass playing surface begins with the removal of the natural grass and sod on the field.’
    • ‘The eggs are laid one or more inches below the soil surface in sod or patches of grassy weeds in cropland areas.’
    • ‘Without the seasonal harvesting, plowing and planting, a mature sod of grasses and clovers would cover the earth and enable the soil to hold moisture better.’
    • ‘Remove existing lawn by slicing under the sod with a spade and cutting it into manageable pieces.’
    • ‘Rake and mow the lawn if it needs it, and be sure to check for cranefly larvae under the sod if you noticed large mosquito-looking critters randomly flying about last fall.’
    • ‘Gravity, spatial distance, trees across the road and large rocks under the sod all tell me, in effect, that I cannot have what I want, or at least that I cannot have it without struggle or a lapse of time.’
    turf, greenery, green, sod
    1. 1.1A piece of turf.
      ‘I was to retire before even the first sod was turned’
      • ‘Remove dead patches along with 3 to 4 inches of soil underneath; fill the hole with a fresh piece of sod, as shown above, or overseed.’
      • ‘Then either seed, plant new plugs, or insert a fresh piece of sod cut to fit the damaged area.’
      • ‘You can make an instant lawn of buffalo grass using sod, or for a fraction of the cost and a couple months of establishment time, use seed.’
      • ‘Make sure that the sod you are having installed contains varieties of grass that are indigenous to your region.’
      • ‘The green contours are also lay-of-the-land and the bunkers are hand-dug, some edged by tall layers of stacked sod, others by shaggy tufts of native grass.’
      • ‘If your lawn is bluegrass, if your lawn was started from sod, or if you use chemical fertilizer, you almost certainly have a thick build-up of thatch.’
      • ‘They then patched the back of the green with sod from their on-site nursery.’
      • ‘This isn't a problem when installing a new green, as the spores can be tilled into the soil prior to seeding or can be applied to the surface before rolling out carpet sod.’
      • ‘Painstaking effort goes into matching the seams between the strips of sod and the adjoining turf.’
      • ‘The greens were constructed out of a topsoil mix and they used only four truckloads of sod to lay one strip around all greens and some of the bunkers.’
      • ‘Cut one or more lengths of sod, as needed, and lay it in place.’
      • ‘Even though it was still only late February some buds were already poking through the brown earth and the lawn looked as if it had just been laid from sod.’
      • ‘They cut out the portion where the sod would grow and outlined the shape with bender-board.’
      • ‘Willie knows the techniques; how you balance the sod, break the sod and so on.’
      • ‘For extreme cases you can line the yard with chicken wire and put a layer of sod over that.’
      • ‘Start laying your sod along walkways, sidewalks and driveways near your house.’
      • ‘Visitors were also invited to turn a sod of turf.’
      • ‘In 1966, Luke used a silver spade to turn the first sod.’
      • ‘Oliver Clery, turned the first sod for the project on Tuesday of this week.’
      • ‘Most Greenlandic homes are constructed of stone, sod, or wood.’

verbsods, sodding, sodded

[with object]rare
  • Cover with sods or pieces of turf.

    ‘the stadium has been sodded’
    • ‘After construction was completed, we installed the remaining plants and sodded the lawn.’
    • ‘We planted and sodded the lawn and installed an irrigation system throughout.’

Phrases

    under the sod
    • Dead and buried in a grave.

      • ‘On April 10, 1943, Lees-Milne wrote, ‘I would like this diary to entertain two or three generations ahead when I am under the sod.’’
      • ‘He has property enough to make us independent but that will be valuable only, when we are under the Sod.’
      • ‘Time will run to seed when we are under the sod; there'll be time enough and to spare then.’

Origin

Late Middle English from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German sode, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation

sod

/sɒd/

Main definitions of sod in English

: sod1sod2

sod2

noun

  • 1British vulgar slang An unpleasant or obnoxious person.

    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
    1. 1.1with adjective A person of a specified kind.
      human being, individual, man, woman, human, being, living soul, soul, mortal, creature, fellow
    2. 1.2Something that is difficult or causes problems.
  • 2derogatory, dated A homosexual man.

    gay person, lesbian, gay, lesbigay

verbsods, sodding, sodded

with object, usually in imperative
  • 1British vulgar slang Used to express one's anger or annoyance at someone or something.

    1. 1.1sod offno object and in imperative Go away.
      go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sight
    2. 1.2as adjective soddingUsed as a general term of contempt.
      blasted, damn, flaming, precious, confounded, pestilential, rotten, wretched

Phrases

    sod all
    British vulgar slang
    • Absolutely nothing.

Origin

Early 19th century abbreviation of sodomite.

Pronunciation

sod

/sɒd/