Soil

Definition of Soil

Pronunciation: soil
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Soiled (soild); p. pr. & vb. n. Soiling.]
n.1.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.
2.Land; country.
Must I thus leave thee, Paradise? thus leave
Thee, native soil?
- Milton.
3.Dung; fæces; compost; manure; as, night soil.
Improve land by dung and other sort of soils.
- Mortimer.
Soil pipe
a pipe or drain for carrying off night soil.
v. t.1.To enrich with soil or muck; to manure.
Men . . . soil their ground, not that they love the dirt, but that they expect a crop.
- South.
n.1.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.
As deer, being stuck, fly through many soils,
Yet still the shaft sticks fast.
- Marston.
To take soil
to run into the mire or water; hence, to take refuge or shelter.
O, sir, have you taken soil here? It is well a man may reach you after three hours' running.
- B. Jonson.
v. t.1.To make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust.
Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained.
- Milton.
2.To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully.
v. i.1.To become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark ones.
n.1.That which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain.
A lady's honor . . . will not bear a soil.
- Dryden.

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