soil

1.
n.
1 the upper layer of earth in which plants grow, consisting of disintegrated rock usu. with an admixture of organic remains (alluvial soil; rich soil).
2 ground belonging to a nation; territory (on British soil).
Phrases and idioms:
soil mechanics the study of the properties of soil as affecting its use in civil engineering. soil science pedology.
Derivatives:
soilless adj. soily adj.
Etymology: ME f. AF, perh. f. L solium seat, taken in sense of L solum ground
2.
v. & n.
—v.tr.
1 make dirty; smear or stain with dirt (soiled linen).
2 tarnish, defile; bring discredit to (would not soil my hands with it).
—n.
1 a dirty mark; a stain, smear, or defilement.
2 filth; refuse matter.
Phrases and idioms:
soil pipe the discharge-pipe of a lavatory.
Etymology: ME f. OF suiller, soiller, etc., ult. f. L sucula dimin. of sus pig
3.
v.tr. feed (cattle) on fresh-cut green fodder (orig. for purging).
Etymology: perh. f. SOIL(2)

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