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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

If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.
Thich Nhat Hanh

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
Meister Eckhart

It is the function of the Navy to carry the war to the enemy so that it is not fought on U.S. soil.
Chester W. Nimitz

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

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
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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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