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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

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

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

But if our hopes are betrayed, if we are forced to resist the invasion of our soil, and to defend our threatened homes, this duty, however hard it may be, will find us armed and resolved upon the greatest sacrifices.
King Albert II

The earth is rocky and full of roots; it's clay, and it seems doomed and polluted, but you dig little holes for the ugly shriveled bulbs, throw in a handful of poppy seeds, and cover it all over, and you know you'll never see it again - it's death and clay and shrivel, and your hands are nicked from the rocks, your nails black with soil.
Anne Lamott

The American flag, Old Glory, standing tall and flying free over American soil for 228 years is the symbol of our beloved country. It is recognized from near and afar, and many lives have been lost defending it.
Jeff Miller
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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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