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soil

noun (n)

  • the state of being covered with unclean things (noun.state)
    source: wordnet30
  • the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock (noun.substance)
    Synonym: dirt
    source: wordnet30
  • material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use) (noun.object)
    Synonym: ground, land
    Example:
    Good agricultural soil.
    source: wordnet30
  • the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state (noun.location)
    Synonym: territory
    Example:
    American troops were stationed on Japanese soil.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • That which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • make soiled, filthy, or dirty (verb.contact)
    Synonym: begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime
    Antonym: clean, make clean
    Example:
    Don't soil your clothes when you play outside!.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To enrich with soil or muck; to manure. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark ones. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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