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Definition of 'soil'


  1. the state of being covered with unclean things
       Synonyms: dirt filth grime stain grease grunge
  2. the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
       Synonyms: dirt
  3. material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use); "the land had never been plowed"; "good agricultural soil"
       Synonyms: land ground
  4. the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state; "American troops were stationed on Japanese soil"
       Synonyms: territory


  1. make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"
       Synonyms: dirty begrime grime colly bemire
       Antonyms: clean make clean

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