What does Soil mean?

Definitions for Soilsɔɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Soil.

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!"


  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

  11. Origin: [See Soil to make dirty, Soil a miry place.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Soil

    soil, n. the ground: the mould on the surface of the earth which nourishes plants: country.—adj. Soil′-bound, attached to the soil.—n. Soil′-cap, the covering of soil on the bed-rock.—adj. Soiled, having soil. [O. Fr. soel, suel, sueil—Low L. solea, soil, ground, L. solea, sole, allied to L. solum, ground, whence Fr. sol, soil.]

  2. Soil

    soil, n. dirt: dung: foulness: a spot or stain: a marshy place in which a hunted boar finds refuge.—v.t. to make dirty: to stain: to manure.—v.i. to take a soil: to tarnish.—n. Soil′iness, stain: foulness.—adj. Soil′less, destitute of soil.—ns. Soil′-pipe, an upright discharge-pipe which receives the general refuse from water-closets, &c., in a building; Soil′ure (Shak.), stain: pollution. [O. Fr. soil, souil (Fr. souille), wallowing-place—L. suillus, piggish—sus, a pig, a hog.]

  3. Soil

    soil, v.t. to feed at the stall for the purpose of fattening. [O. Fr. saoulersaol, saoul—L. satullussatur, full.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Soil

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

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Soil in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Soil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bakari Sellers:

    For many of us who were running statewide and have been plowing the soil of the South, we feel like the national party didn't do much to help us at all.

  2. Charlotte Bronte:

    Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks.

  3. Ernest Hemingway:

    They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.

  4. Pope Francis:

    As stewards of God's creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling.

  5. Pam Brown:

    A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.

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