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Soil meaning

soil - 15 dictionary results

  1. 1. the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state; " American troops were stationed on Japanese soil"
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Land; country.
  5. 5. Dung; faeces; compost; manure; as, night soil.
  6. 6. To enrich with soil or muck; to manure.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. To make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust.
  9. 9. To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully.
  10. 10. To become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark ones.
  11. 11. That which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain.
  12. 12. The loose top layer of the earth's surface; land; dirt or stain.
  13. 13. To make dirty; stain; as, to soil the hands.
  14. 14. To become stained or dirty.
  15. 15. Dirt; a stain or smear; earth; land.

soil - examples of usage

  1. But this circumstance was not yet known, for here the red soil lay nearly ten feet deep over the bed- rock. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. That more may be got out of the soil than is the case at present is perfectly true; the mistake lies in the proposed method of doing it. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. He took everything out of the soil that it was possible to take out. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
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