Soil, v. t. 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.
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; faeces; 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.
Soil v. t. [imp. & p. p. Soiled p. pr. & vb. n. Soiling.] 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.
Soil, n. 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.
Soil, 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.
Syn: -- To foul; dirt; dirty; begrime; bemire; bespatter; besmear; daub; bedaub; stain; tarnish; sully; defile; pollute.
Soil, v. i. To become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark ones.
Soil, n. That which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain.
A lady's honor . . . will not bear a soil. --Dryden.
n 1: the state of being covered with unclean things [syn: dirt,
filth, grime, stain, grease, grunge]
2: the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and
disintegrated rock [syn: dirt]
3: material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in
which plants can grow (especially with reference to its
quality or use); "the land had never been plowed"; "good
agricultural soil" [syn: land, ground]
4: the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign
state; "American troops were stationed on Japanese soil"
v : make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when
you play outside!" [syn: dirty, begrime, grime, colly,
bemire] [ant: clean]