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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Soil


SOIL, verb transitive

1. To make dirty on the surface; to foul; to dirt; to stain; to defile; to tarnish; to sull; as, to soil a garment with dust. Out wonted ornaments now soil'd and stain'd.

2. To cover or tinge with any thing extraneous; as, to soil the earth with blood.

3. To dung; to manure.

TO soil A HORSE, is to purge him by giving him fresh grass.

TO soil A CATTLE, in husbandry, is to feed them with grass daily mowed for them, instead of pasturing them.

SOIL, noun

1. Dirt; and foul matter upon another substance; foulness; apot.

2. Stain; tarnish. A lady's honor will not bear a soil

3. The upper stratum of the earth; the mold, or that compound substance with furnishes nutriment to plants, or which is particulary adapted to support and nourish them.

4. Land; country. We love our native soil

5. Dung; compost. Improve land by dung and other sort of soils.

TO TAKE SOIL, to run into the water, as a deer when pursued.