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Definition of Soil


  1. 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. 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. Land; country.
  4. Dung; faeces; compost; manure; as, night soil.
  5. To enrich with soil or muck; to manure.
  6. 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. To make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust.
  8. To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully.
  9. To become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark ones.
  10. That which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain.
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Soil Translations

soil in Afrikaans is aarde, besoedel, grond
soil in Dutch is fond, ondergrond, bodem, grond, aarde
soil in German is beschmutze, Boden, Boden, verschmutzen
soil in Italian is terra, insudiciare, suolo
soil in Latin is terra, solum
soil in Portuguese is terra, solo
soil in Spanish is tierra, enlodar, ensuciar