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soil



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.

soil



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.

soil



Pronunciation: (soil), [key]
v.t.
to feed (confined cattle, horses, etc.) freshly cut green fodder for roughage.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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