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Definition of Sole


  1. A fluid mixture of a colloid and a liquid; a liquid colloidal solution or suspension.
  2. Any one of several species of flatfishes of the genus Solea and allied genera of the family Soleidae, especially the common European species (Solea vulgaris), which is a valuable food fish.
  3. Any one of several American flounders somewhat resembling the true sole in form or quality, as the California sole (Lepidopsetta bilineata), the long-finned sole (Glyptocephalus zachirus), and other species.
  4. The bottom of the foot; hence, also, rarely, the foot itself.
  5. The bottom of a shoe or boot, or the piece of leather which constitutes the bottom.
  6. The bottom or lower part of anything, or that on which anything rests in standing.
  7. The bottom of the body of a plow; -- called also slade; also, the bottom of a furrow.
  8. The horny substance under a horse's foot, which protects the more tender parts.
  9. The bottom of an embrasure.
  10. A piece of timber attached to the lower part of the rudder, to make it even with the false keel.
  11. The seat or bottom of a mine; -- applied to horizontal veins or lodes.
  12. To furnish with a sole; as, to sole a shoe.
  13. Being or acting without another; single; individual; only.
  14. Single; unmarried; as, a feme sole.

Sole Quotations

Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.
Jane Addams

Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family - a domestic church.
Pope John Paul II

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
Leo Tolstoy

Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole, it would be about me.
Federico Fellini

With the sole exception of President Bill Clinton, whose 'bridge to the 21st century' evoked the vision and optimism of other great Democratic presidents of the 20th century, such as FDR and John F. Kennedy, pessimism about America's economic future has been the hallmark of modern progressivism.
Bernard L. Schwartz
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Sole Translations

sole in Afrikaans is alleen, tongvis, enigste
sole in Dutch is enkel, bloot, louter
sole in Finnish is yksin
sole in French is seul, semelle, plante, sole
sole in German is einzig, Sohle
sole in Hungarian is talp, egyetlen
sole in Italian is solo, suola, sogliola
sole in Norwegian is tunge, alene
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