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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.

Soil Quotations

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.
Pam Brown

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
Dalai Lama

Black people comprehend the South. We understand its weight. It has rested on our backs... I knew that my heart would break if ever I put my foot down on that soil, moist, still, with old hurts. I had to face the fear/loathing at its source or it would consume me whole.
Maya Angelou

Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
Henry Ward Beecher

Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.
Charles Spurgeon
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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

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