soil


soil
soil1 W2 [sɔıl] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Anglo-French; Origin: 'piece of ground', from Latin solium 'seat'; influenced by Latin solum 'ground, soil']
1.) [U and C]
the top layer of the earth in which plants grow
= ↑earth
The soil here is very poor.
The bush grows well in a sandy soil.
see usage noteground1
2.) on British/French/foreign etc soil
formal in Britain, France etc
The crime was committed on American soil.
3.) [U]
a place or situation where something can develop
Eastern Europe provided fertile soil for political activists.
4.) sb's native soil
literary your own country
5.) the soil
literary farming as a job or way of life
They make their living from the soil.
soil 2
soil2 v [T]
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: soiller, from soil 'pigsty', probably from Latin suile, from sus 'pig']
1.) formal to make something dirty, especially with waste from your body
2.) not soil your hands
to not do something because you consider it too unpleasant or dishonest
Keep your money - I wouldn't soil my hands with it.
>soiled adj
soiled diapers

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