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Definitions of soil

  1. make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the state of being covered with unclean things Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use); "the land had never been plowed"; "good agricultural soil" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state; "American troops were stationed on Japanese soil" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. To feed, as cattle or horses, in the barn or an inclosure, with fresh grass or green food cut for them, instead of sending them out to pasture; hence (such food having the effect of purging them), to purge by feeding on green food; as, to soil a horse. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. The upper stratum of the earth; the mold, or that compound substance which furnishes nutriment to plants, or which is particularly adapted to support and nourish them. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Land; country. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Dung; faeces; compost; manure; as, night soil. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To enrich with soil or muck; to manure. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. A marshy or miry place to which a hunted boar resorts for refuge; hence, a wet place, stream, or tract of water, sought for by other game, as deer. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. To become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark ones. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. That which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. The loose surface material of the earth in which plants grow. (Webster, 3d ed) Medical Dictionary DB
  17. The loose top layer of the earth's surface; land; dirt or stain. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. To make dirty; stain; as, to soil the hands. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. To become stained or dirty. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. The ground: the mould on the surface of the earth which nourishes plants: country. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Dirt: dung: foulness: a spot or stain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. To make dirty: to stain: to manure. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. To take a soil: to tarnish. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. Dirt; a stain or smear; earth; land. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. To make or become dirty; befoul. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. To feed, as stalled cattle, with freshly cut, green food. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. The fertile portion of the surface of the earth; the ground; earth; land. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. That which soils; foul matter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. The ground on the surface of the earth which yields nourishment to plants; land; country. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. Dirt; dung; foulness; stain; tarnish. To soil cattle, to feed them with grass mowed for them, instead of pasturing them. To soil a horse, to purge him by feeding him upon fresh grass. To take soil, to run into water when pursued, as a deer. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. To make dirty; to stain; to tarnish; to manure. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. The upper stratum of the earth; mould; land. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. Filth; any foul matter upon another substance; a stain; dung; tarnish. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  34. To defile; to polute; to dirty; to besmear; to bedaub. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  35. In agri., to feed cattle with green food in the stall. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  36. soil, n. the ground: the mould on the surface of the earth which nourishes plants: country.--adj. SOIL'-BOUND, attached to the soil.--n. SOIL'-CAP, the covering of soil on the bed-rock.--adj. SOILED, having soil. [O. Fr. soel, suel, sueil--Low L. solea, soil, ground, L. solea, sole, allied to L. solum, ground, whence Fr. sol, soil.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  37. soil, n. dirt: dung: foulness: a spot or stain: a marshy place in which a hunted boar finds refuge.--v.t. to make dirty: to stain: to manure.--v.i. to take a soil: to tarnish.--n. SOIL'INESS, stain: foulness.--adj. SOIL'LESS, destitute of soil.--ns. SOIL'-PIPE, an upright discharge-pipe which receives the general refuse from water-closets, &c., in a building; SOIL'URE (Shak.), stain: pollution. [O. Fr. soil, souil (Fr. souille), wallowing-place--L. suillus, piggish--sus, a pig, a hog.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  38. soil, v.t. to feed at the stall for the purpose of fattening. [O. Fr. saouler--saol, saoul--L. satullus--satur, full.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  39. The ground, upper layer of earth in which plants grow consisting of disintegrated rock usu. with admixture of organic remains, mould, (good, poor, clayey, alluvial, light, rich, &c., s.; NIGHT-s.; one\'s native s., ground of one\'s native land or place). Hence -soiled a. [Anglo-French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  40. Make dirty, smear or stain with dirt, tarnish, defile, (soiled linen; would not s. my hands with it fig.), so soilure n. (archaic); admit of being soiled (soils easily). (N.) dirty mark, stain, smear, defilement; s.-pipe, discharge-pipe of water-closet; hence soilless a. [Anglo-French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  41. Fatten (cattle) with green food. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
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