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soil

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verb \ˈsȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of soil

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to stain or defile morally :  corrupt

  3. 2 :  to make unclean especially superficially :  dirty

  4. 3 :  to blacken or taint (something, such as a person's reputation) by word or deed

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  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. 1a :  soilage, stain protect a dress from soilb :  moral defilement :  corruption

  2. 2 :  something that spoils or pollutes: such asa :  refuseb :  sewagec :  dung, excrement

First Known Use of soil

1501


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soil

noun

Definition of soil

  1. 1 :  firm land :  earth

  2. 2a :  the upper layer of earth that may be dug or plowed and in which plants growb :  the superficial unconsolidated and usually weathered part of the mantle of a planet and especially of the earth

  3. 3 :  country, land our native soil

  4. 4 :  the agricultural life or calling

  5. 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

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verb \ˈsȯil\

Definition of soil for Students

soiled

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soiling

  1. :  to make or become dirty I soiled my shirt while cooking.


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soil

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noun

Definition of soil for Students

  1. 1 :  the loose surface material of the earth in which plants grow

  2. 2 :  country 1, land my native soil

soilless

\ˈsȯil-ləs\ adjective


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