- Soil is the ground or the surface of the Earth.
An example of soil is the dirt that plants grow in.
- To soil is defined as to make something dirty.
An example of to soil is to spill mud all over a pair of new, white shorts.
soil definition by Webster's New World
- the surface layer of earth, supporting plant life
- any place for growth or development
- land; country; territory: native soil
- ground or earth: barren soil
Origin: Middle English soile ; from Anglo-French soil, for Old French suel ; from Classical Latin solum, floor, ground, soil
- soilless adjective
- to make dirty, esp. on the surface
- to smirch or stain
- to bring disgrace upon
- to corrupt or defile; sully
Origin: Middle English soilen ; from Old French souiller ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form suculare ; from Classical Latin suculus, diminutive of sus, pig: see sow
- a soiled spot; stain; smirch
- manure used for fertilizing
- excrement, sewage, refuse, etc.
- a soiling or being soiled
Origin: ME soile < OFr soil, pig sty < L suile < sus
- to feed (livestock) on soilage
- to purge (livestock) by means of green food
Origin: altered ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French saoler ; from Classical Latin satullare, to satiate ; from satullus, filled (with food), diminutive of satur: see saturate
soil definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The top layer of the earth's surface, consisting of rock and mineral particles mixed with organic matter.
- A particular kind of earth or ground: sandy soil.
- Country; land: native soil.
- The agricultural life: a man of the soil.
- A place or condition favorable to growth; a breeding ground.
Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, a piece of ground (influenced in meaning by Latin solum, soil), from Latin solium, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
verb soiled, soil·ing, soils verb, transitive
- To make dirty, particularly on the surface.
- To disgrace; tarnish: a reputation soiled by scandal.
- To corrupt; defile.
- To dirty with excrement.
- a. The state of being soiled.b. A stain.
- Filth, sewage, or refuse.
- Manure, especially human excrement, used as fertilizer.
Origin: Middle English soilen, from Old French souiller, from Vulgar Latin *suculāre (from Late Latin suculus, diminutive of Latin sūs, pig; see sū- in Indo-European roots) or from souil, pigsty, wallow (from Latin solium, seat; see soil1).
transitive verb soiled, soil·ing, soils
- To feed (livestock) with soilage.
- To purge (livestock) by feeding with green food.
Origin: Origin unknown.
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