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English Dictionary: soil by the DICT Development Group
8 results for soil
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the state of being covered with unclean things [syn: dirt, filth, grime, soil, stain, grease, grunge]
  2. the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
    Synonym(s): soil, dirt
  3. 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"
    Synonym(s): land, ground, soil
  4. the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state; "American troops were stationed on Japanese soil"
    Synonym(s): territory, soil
  1. make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"
    Synonym(s): dirty, soil, begrime, grime, colly, bemire
    Antonym(s): clean, make clean
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Soil \Soil\, v. t.[OE. soilen, OF. soillier, F. souiller,
      (assumed) LL. suculare, fr. L. sucula a little pig, dim. of
      sus a swine. See {Sow}, n.]
      1. To make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to
            dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust.
                     Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained.
      2. To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish;
            to sully. --Shak.
      Syn: To foul; dirt; dirty; begrime; bemire; bespatter;
               besmear; daub; bedaub; stain; tarnish; sully; defile;

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Soil \Soil\, n. [OE. soile, F. sol, fr. L. solum bottom, soil;
      but the word has probably been influenced in form by soil a
      miry place. Cf. {Saloon}, {Soil} a miry place, {Sole} of the
      1. 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.
      2. Land; country.
                     Must I thus leave thee, Paradise? thus leave Thee,
                     native soil?                                       --Milton.
      3. Dung; f[91]ces; compost; manure; as, night soil.
                     Improve land by dung and other sort of soils.
      {Soil pipe}, a pipe or drain for carrying off night soil.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Soil \Soil\, v. t.
      To enrich with soil or muck; to manure.
               Men . . . soil their ground, not that they love the
               dirt, but that they expect a crop.         --South.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Soil \Soil\, n. [OF. soil, souil, F. souille, from OF. soillier,
      F. souiller. See {Soil} to make dirty.]
      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.
               As deer, being stuck, fly through many soils, Yet still
               the shaft sticks fast.                           --Marston.
      {To take soil}, to run into the mire or water; hence, to take
            refuge or shelter.
                     O, sir, have you taken soil here? It is well a man
                     may reach you after three hours' running. --B.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Soil \Soil\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Soiled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Soiling}.] [OF. saoler, saouler, to satiate, F. so[96]ler,
      L. satullare, fr. satullus, dim. of satur sated. See
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Soil \Soil\, v. i.
      To become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Soil \Soil\, n. [See {Soil} to make dirty, {Soil} a miry place.]
      That which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain.
               A lady's honor . . . will not bear a soil. --Dryden.
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