Pronunciation: (soil),[key] —n. 1. the portion of the earth's surface consisting of disintegrated rock and humus.
2. a particular kind of earth: sandy soil. 3. the ground as producing vegetation or as cultivated for its crops: fertile soil. 4. a country, land, or region: an act committed on American soil. 5. the ground or earth: tilling the soil. 6. any place or condition providing the opportunity for growth or development: Some believe that poverty provides the soil for crime.
Pronunciation: (soil),[key] —v.t. 1. to make unclean, dirty, or filthy, esp. on the surface: to soil one's clothes. 2. to smirch, smudge, or stain: The ink soiled his hands. 3. to sully or tarnish, as with disgrace; defile morally: to soil one's good name.
—v.i. to become soiled: White soils easily.
—n. 1. the act or fact of soiling.
2. the state of being soiled.
3. a spot, mark, or stain.
4. dirty or foul matter; filth; sewage.
5. ordure; manure.
Pronunciation: (soil),[key] —v.t. to feed (confined cattle, horses, etc.) freshly cut green fodder for roughage.