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soil

verb \ ˈsȯi(-ə)l \

Definition of soil

transitive verb
1 : to stain or defile morally : corrupt
2 : to make unclean especially superficially : dirty
3 : to blacken or taint (something, such as a person's reputation) by word or deed
intransitive verb
: to become soiled or dirty

Origin and Etymology of soil

Middle English, from Anglo-French soiller, suiller, from Old French soil wallow of a wild boar, abyss, from Latin solium chair, bathtub; akin to Latin sedēre to sit — more at sit


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soil

noun

Definition of soil

1 a : soilage, stain
  • protect a dress from soil
b : moral defilement : corruption
2 : something that spoils or pollutes: such as
a : refuse
b : sewage

First Known Use of soil

1501


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soil

noun

Definition of soil

1 : firm land : earth
2 a : the upper layer of earth that may be dug or plowed and in which plants grow
b : the superficial unconsolidated and usually weathered part of the mantle of a planet and especially of the earth
3 : country, land
  • our native soil
4 : the agricultural life or calling
5 : a medium in which something takes hold and develops

Origin and Etymology of soil

Middle English, from Anglo-French, soil, piece of land, from Vulgar Latin *solium, alteration of Latin solea sole, sandal, foundation timber — more at sole


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soil

verb

Definition of soil

transitive verb
: to feed (livestock) in the barn or an enclosure with fresh grass or green food; also : to purge (livestock) by feeding on green food

Origin and Etymology of soil

origin unknown

Other Animal Husbandry Terms



SOIL Defined for Kids

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soil

verb \ ˈsȯil \

Definition of soil for Students

soiled; soiling
: to make or become dirty
  • I soiled my shirt while cooking.

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soil

noun

Definition of soil for Students

1 : the loose surface material of the earth in which plants grow
2 : country 1, land
  • my native soil

soilless

\ˈsȯil-ləs\ adjective


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