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Definitions of soil

  1. make soiled, filthy, or dirty; " don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"
  2. the state of being covered with unclean things
  3. the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
  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"
  5. the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state; " American troops were stationed on Japanese soil"
  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.
  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.
  8. Land; country.
  9. Dung; faeces; compost; manure; as, night soil.
  10. To enrich with soil or muck; to manure.
  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.
  12. To make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust.
  13. To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully.
  14. To become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark ones.
  15. That which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain.
  16. To make dirty; stain; as, to soil the hands.
  17. To become stained or dirty.
  18. The ground: the mould on the surface of the earth which nourishes plants: country.
  19. Dirt: dung: foulness: a spot or stain.
  20. To make dirty: to stain: to manure.
  21. To take a soil: to tarnish.
  22. Dirt; a stain or smear; earth; land.
  23. To make or become dirty; befoul.
  24. To feed, as stalled cattle, with freshly cut, green food.
  25. The fertile portion of the surface of the earth; the ground; earth; land.
  26. That which soils; foul matter.
  27. The ground on the surface of the earth which yields nourishment to plants; land; country.
  28. To make dirty; to stain; to tarnish; to manure.
  29. The upper stratum of the earth; mould; land.
  30. Filth; any foul matter upon another substance; a stain; dung; tarnish.
  31. To defile; to polute; to dirty; to besmear; to bedaub.
  32. In agri., to feed cattle with green food in the stall.

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
  3. First, then, as to situation and soil. – Roses and Rose Growing by Rose Georgina Kingsley
  4. Just look now," and he pointed to the loose soil all round. – Renée Mauperin by Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  5. Maxwell did not appear inclined to answer questions, and, dismissing the subject, they proceeded to make the most of their last few hours upon what he termed Christian soil. – The League of the Leopard by Harold Bindloss
  6. It has always been one of my most cherished purposes to interest people in the cultivation of the soil and rural life. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  7. " I'm not going to choke you to death, I wouldn't soil my hands on you," said the manager with a scornful laugh. – Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant by Hugh S. Fullerton
  8. This was what remained to his State, the excellent cultivated soil from which the new life was to blossom. – Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. II. by Gustav Freytag
  9. We would fight against that, if the war came to us here on our own soil. – The Valley of Vision by Henry Van Dyke
  10. We are on English soil here. – The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage by Charles G. D. Roberts
  11. In the midst of the soil thus obtained a tree was growing which now had shot up at least twenty feet above the top of the great rock. – The Go Ahead Boys and Simon's Mine by Ross Kay
  12. The work of man's hands should be so in harmony with the place where it stands that it must look as if it had grown out of the soil. – The Seaboard Parish, Complete by George MacDonald
  13. He went, and came back with a long, stiff little birch, that, growing recklessly in the thin soil over a rock, had been willing to yield to the persuasion of a child and come up by the roots. – Aladdin O'Brien by Gouverneur Morris
  14. Perhaps that's in the soil, too! – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  15. It takes time, of course, for all the soil to be washed away. – The Boy With the U. S. Foresters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  16. Soil, water and man. – U.S. Copyright Renewals, 1968 July - December by U.S. Copyright Office
  17. Aye, Lady, but it is not my native soil and for the rest we go where Fate leads us. – The Virgin of the Sun by H. R. Haggard
  18. I wish to make just one last simple remark that I would care to soil myself with in your respects, Mister Herbert Illingsworth Atwater and Mister Henry Rooter! – Gentle Julia by Booth Tarkington
  19. " They defend their own soil," replied the Earl simply: " had not we done the same?" – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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