Definitions for Soilsɔɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

soilsɔɪl(n.)

  1. the portion of the earth's surface consisting of disintegrated rock and humus.

  2. the ground or earth:

    tilling the soil.

  3. a particular kind of earth:

    sandy soil.

  4. a country, land, or region.

  5. any environment nurturing growth or development.

Origin of soil:

1300–50; ME soile < AF soyl < L solium seat, confused with solum ground

soilsɔɪl(v.t.)

  1. to make dirty or filthy.

  2. to smudge or stain.

  3. to sully or tarnish, as with disgrace.

  4. (v.i.)to become soiled.

  5. (n.)the act or fact of soiling.

  6. the state of being soiled.

  7. a spot or stain.

  8. foul matter; filth; sewage.

  9. ordure; manure.

Origin of soil:

1175–1225; ME soilen (v.) < OF souiller, soillier to dirty, (of a pig) to wallow, appar. der. of souil pigsty, abysm, of uncert. orig.

soilsɔɪl(v.t.)

  1. to feed (confined cattle, horses, etc.) freshly cut green fodder for roughage.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

Origin of soil:

1595–1605; orig. uncert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dirt, filth, grime, soil, stain, grease, grunge(noun)

    the state of being covered with unclean things

  2. soil, dirt(noun)

    the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock

  3. land, ground, soil(noun)

    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"

  4. territory, soil(verb)

    the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state

    "American troops were stationed on Japanese soil"

  5. dirty, soil, begrime, grime, colly, bemire(verb)

    make soiled, filthy, or dirty

    "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. soil(noun)ɔɪl

    the substance on the ground in which plants grow

    to plant seeds in the soil

  2. soilɔɪl

    soil in which things grow easily

Wiktionary

  1. soil(Noun)

    Faeces or urine etc. when found on clothes.

  2. soil(Noun)

    A bag containing soiled items.

  3. soil(Verb)

    To make dirty.

  4. soil(Verb)

    To dirty one's clothing by accidentally defecating while clothed.

  5. soil

    To make invalid, to ruin.

  6. soil(Noun)

    A wet or marshy place in which a boar or other such game seeks refuge when hunted.

  7. Origin: From soile, soyle, sule, partly from soyl, from solium, mistaken for solum; and partly from sol, from sulan, from sūl-. Cognate with söle, sol, sol, söl, søle. See also sole, soal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Soil(verb)

    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

  2. Soil(noun)

    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

  3. Soil(noun)

    land; country

  4. Soil(noun)

    dung; faeces; compost; manure; as, night soil

  5. Soil(verb)

    to enrich with soil or muck; to manure

  6. Soil(noun)

    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

  7. Soil(noun)

    to make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust

  8. Soil(noun)

    to stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully

  9. Soil(verb)

    to become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark ones

  10. Soil(noun)

    that which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain

Freebase

  1. Soil

    Soil is a natural body consisting of layers that are primarily composed of minerals, mixed with at least some organic matter, which differ from their parent materials in their texture, structure, consistency, color, chemical, biological and other characteristics. It is the unconsolidated or loose covering of fine rock particles that covers the surface of the earth. Soil is the end product of the influence of the climate, relief, organisms, parent materials, and time. In engineering terms, soil is referred to as regolith, or loose rock material that lies above the 'solid geology'. In horticulture, the term 'soil' is defined as the layer that contains organic material that influences and has been influenced by plant roots, and may range in depth from centimetres to many metres. Soil is composed of particles of broken rock which have been altered by physical, chemical and biological processes that include weathering with associated erosion. Soil is created from the alteration of parent material by the interactions between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. It can also be considered a mixture of mineral and organic materials in the form of solids, gases and liquids. Soil is commonly referred to as "earth" or "dirt"; technically, the term "dirt" should be restricted to displaced soil.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Soil

    The loose surface material of the earth in which plants grow. (Webster, 3d ed)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Soil' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2462

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Soil' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4785

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Soil' in Nouns Frequency: #958


Translations for Soil

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

soil(noun)

the upper layer of the earth, in which plants grow

to plant seeds in the soil; a handful of soil.

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