1. To turn up, or delve in, (earth) with a spade or a hoe; to open, loosen, or break up (the soil) with a spade, or other sharp instrument; to pierce, open, or loosen, as if with a spade. Be first to dig the ground. (Dryden)
4. To thrust; to poke. You should have seen children . . . Dig and push their mothers under the sides, saying thus to them: look, mother, how great a lubber doth yet wear pearls. (Robynson (mores Utopia)) to dig down, to undermine and cause to fall by digging; as, to dig down a wall. To dig from, out of, out, or up, to get out or obtain by digging; as, to dig coal from or out of a mine; to dig out fossils; to dig up a tree. The preposition is often omitted; as, the men are digging coal, digging iron ore, digging potatoes. To dig in, to cover by digging; as, to dig in manure.