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Definitions of soil

  1. To make or become dirty; befoul. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To make dirty; stain; as, to soil the hands. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To make dirty: to stain: to manure. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To feed, as stalled cattle, with freshly cut, green food. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To become stained or dirty. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To take a soil: to tarnish. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To make dirty; to stain; to tarnish; to manure. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. the state of being covered with unclean things Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. 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
  13. the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state; "American troops were stationed on Japanese soil" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Land; country. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. Dung; faeces; compost; manure; as, night soil. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To enrich with soil or muck; to manure. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. 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
  20. To make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. To become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark ones. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. That which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. 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.
  25. Dirt: dung: foulness: a spot or stain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. Dirt; a stain or smear; earth; land. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  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. The upper stratum of the earth; mould; land. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. 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.

Usage examples for soil

  1. Personally, she told him, I believe that it is just the call of England to a man who lived very near the soil her heart. – The Wicked Marquis by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. It was clear that there was not room enough on the Netherland soil for the Earl of Leicester and the brothers Norris. – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
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