Crossword clues for soil
- Material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
- Kind of bank
- Whence maize comes
- Kind of conservation
- Layer of earth
- The good earth
- Garden's bed
- Loess or loam
- Pedologist's concern
- Loam or loess
- Good earth
- Type of bank
- Plant holder
- "The ___," Zola novel
- Victim of erosion
- Where the worm turns
- Seed bed
- Make dirty
- Potter's purchase
- Potting need
- Potting material
- It can be seedy
- Potter's buy
- Make messy
- Terra firma
- Agrarian concern
- Potter's need
- It's not needed in hydroponics
- Target of some pH tests
- Nitrogen source for plants
- The state of being covered with unclean things
- The part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Soil \Soil\, n. [OF. soil, souil, F. souille, from OF. soillier, F. souiller. See Soil to make dirty.] A marshy or miry place to which a hunted boar resorts for refuge; hence, a wet place, stream, or tract of water, sought for by other game, as deer.
As deer, being stuck, fly through many soils,
Yet still the shaft sticks fast.
To take soil, to run into the mire or water; hence, to take refuge or shelter.
O, sir, have you taken soil here? It is well a man
may reach you after three hours' running.
Soil \Soil\ (soil), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Soiled (soild); p. pr. & vb. n. Soiling.] [OF. saoler, saouler, to satiate, F. so[^u]ler, L. satullare, fr. satullus, dim. of satur sated. See Satire.] To feed, as cattle or horses, in the barn or an inclosure, with fresh grass or green food cut for them, instead of sending them out to pasture; hence (such food having the effect of purging them), to purge by feeding on green food; as, to soil a horse.
Soil \Soil\, n. [OE. soile, F. sol, fr. L. solum bottom, soil; but the word has probably been influenced in form by soil a miry place. Cf. Saloon, Soil a miry place, Sole of the foot.]
The upper stratum of the earth; the mold, or that compound substance which furnishes nutriment to plants, or which is particularly adapted to support and nourish them.
Must I thus leave thee, Paradise? thus leave Thee, native soil?
Dung; f[ae]ces; compost; manure; as, night soil.
Improve land by dung and other sort of soils.
Soil pipe, a pipe or drain for carrying off night soil.
Soil \Soil\, v. t. To enrich with soil or muck; to manure.
Men . . . soil their ground, not that they love the
dirt, but that they expect a crop.
Soil \Soil\, v. t.[OE. soilen, OF. soillier, F. souiller, (assumed) LL. suculare, fr. L. sucula a little pig, dim. of sus a swine. See Sow, n.]
To make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust.
Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained.
To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully.
Syn: To foul; dirt; dirty; begrime; bemire; bespatter; besmear; daub; bedaub; stain; tarnish; sully; defile; pollute.
Soil \Soil\, v. i. To become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark ones.
Soil \Soil\, n. [See Soil to make dirty, Soil a miry place.] That which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain.
A lady's honor . . . will not bear a soil.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 13c., "to defile or pollute with sin," from Old French soillier "to splatter with mud, to foul or make dirty," originally "to wallow" (12c., Modern French souillier), from souil "tub, wild boar's wallow, pigsty," which is from either Latin solium "tub for bathing; seat," or Latin suculus "little pig," from sus "pig." Literal meaning "to make dirty, begrime" is attested from c.1300 in English. Related: Soiled; soiling.
c.1300, originally "land, area, place," from Anglo-French soil "piece of ground, place" (13c.), from an merger or confusion of Old French sol "bottom, ground, soil" (12c., from Latin solum "soil, ground;" see sole (n.1)), Old French soeul, sueil "threshold, area, place" (from Latin solium "seat"), and Old French soil, soille "a miry place," from soillier (see soil (v.)).\n
\nMeaning "place of one's nativity" is from c.1400. Meaning "mould, earth, dirt" (especially that which plants grow in) is attested from mid-15c.
"filth, dirt, refuse matter, sewage, liquid likely to contain excrement," c.1600, earlier "miry or muddy place" (early 15c.), from Old French soille "miry place," from soillier (v.) "to make dirty," and in part a native formation from soil (v.). This is the sense in archaic night-soil.
Etymology 1 n. 1 (context uncountable English) A mixture of sand and organic material, used to support plant growth. 2 (context uncountable English) The unconsolidated mineral or organic material on the immediate surface of the earth that serves as a natural medium for the growth of land plants. 3 (context uncountable English) The unconsolidated mineral or organic matter on the surface of the earth that has been subjected to and shows effects of genetic and environmental factorsclimate (including water and temperature effects), and macro- and microorganisms, conditioned by relief, acting on parent material over a period of time. A product-soil differs from the material from which it is derived in many physical, chemical, biological, and morphological properties and characteristics. 4 Country or territory. 5 That which soils or pollutes; a stain. 6 A marshy or miry place to which a hunted boar resorts for refuge; hence, a wet place, stream, or tract of water, sought for by other game, as deer. 7 Dung; compost; manure. Etymology 2
n. 1 (context uncountable euphemistic English) Faeces or urine etc. when found on clothes. 2 (context countable medicine English) A bag containing soiled items. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To make dirty. 2 (context intransitive English) To become dirty or soiled. 3 (context transitive figurative English) To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully. 4 (context reflexive English) To dirty one's clothing by accidentally defecating while clothed. 5 To make invalid, to ruin. 6 To enrich with soil or muck; to manure. Etymology 3
n. A wet or marshy place in which a boar or other such game seeks refuge when hunted. Etymology 4
vb. To feed, as cattle or horses, in the barn or an enclosure, with fresh grass or green food cut for them, instead of sending them out to pasture; hence (such food having the effect of purging them), to purge by feeding on green food.
the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock [syn: dirt]
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" [syn: land, ground]
the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state; "American troops were stationed on Japanese soil" [syn: territory]
Soil is a mixture of minerals, organic matter, gases, liquids, and countless organisms that together support life on Earth. Soil is a natural body called the pedosphere which has four important functions: it is a medium for plant growth; it is a means of water storage, supply and purification; it is a modifier of Earth's atmosphere; it is a habitat for organisms; all of which, in turn, modify the soil.
Soil is called the "Skin of the Earth" and interfaces with its lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. The term pedolith, used commonly to refer to the soil, literally translates 'level stone'. Soil consists of a solid phase of minerals and organic matter, as well as a porous phase that holds gases and water. Accordingly, soils are often treated as a three- state system of solids, liquids, and gases.
Soil is a product of the influence of the climate, relief (elevation, orientation, and slope of terrain), organisms, and its parent materials (original minerals) interacting over time. Soil continually undergoes development by way of numerous physical, chemical and biological processes, which include weathering with associated erosion.
Most soils have a density between 1 and 2 g/cm. Little of the soil of planet Earth is older than the Pleistocene and none is older than the Cenozoic, although fossilized soils are preserved from as far back as the Archean.
Soil science has two basic branches of study: edaphology and pedology. Edaphology is concerned with the influence of soils on living things. Pedology is focused on the formation, description (morphology), and classification of soils in their natural environment. In engineering terms, soil is referred to as regolith, or loose rock material that lies above the 'solid geology'. Soil is commonly referred to as "earth" or " dirt"; technically, the term "dirt" should be restricted to displaced soil.
As soil resources serve as a basis for food security, the international community advocates its sustainable and responsible use through different types of Soil Governance.
Soil, often typeset as SOiL, is an American rock band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1997. After some independent releases, the band was the first rock group signed to J Records and achieved mainstream success with their major label debut, Scars, in 2001. The J Records second album Redefine was released in 2004 and the band embarked upon a worldwide tour to follow. In late 2004 frontman Ryan McCombs left the group. He would go on to become the new vocalist of Drowning Pool the following year.
The band recruited ex- Diesel Machine vocalist AJ Cavalier as its new singer and released two more studio albums (True Self, Picture Perfect) through independent labels in 2006 and 2009 respectively. SOiL continued to tour worldwide and met with strong independent success.
The band had brief line-up changes until in fall 2011, Soil reunited with Ryan McCombs for a tour commemorating the tenth anniversary of their landmark album, Scars. The band has since rejoined with their original vocalist Ryan after his departure from Texas act Drowning Pool. The line-up is currently completed with fellow original members Tim King (Bass) and Adam Zadel (Guitar), who are the only two members to have stayed with the band from inception until present. The band has sold over two million records worldwide and released its sixth studio album, entitled Whole, on August 20, 2013 (August 16 UK/Europe).
Soil is the first EP by the Chicago metal band Soil. According to the band's vocalist, Ryan McCombs, this release was referred to by the band as "the worm disc". The tracks "Broken Wings" and "She" reappeared on a second EP, El Chupacabra, in 1998. Songs from both EPs then appeared on Soil's first album, Throttle Junkies, the following year.
Soil is a manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Kaneko. It was adapted into a Japanese television drama series in 2010. It has been published in French by Ankama.
Soil is a naturally occurring granular covering on the surface of Earth, capable of supporting life.
Soil may also refer to:
- Lunar soil, a similar granular covering on the Moon (though without Earth soil's organic components)
- Soil (band), an American metal band
- Soil (musical group), an indie pop group from Manchester
- "Soil", a song by System of a Down from their album System of a Down
- Soil (EP), the debut EP for Soil
- Soil (manga), a manga by Atsushi Kaneko
- Soil Stradivarius, a violin fabricated in 1714 by Antonio Stradivari
- Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods, an American nonprofit developmental aid organization
Soil were a British indie pop group, formed in Manchester in 1984, by North Manchester school-friends, Kevin Siddall (songwriter/guitar), Lee Bennett (bass guitar) and Rob Kerford (drums), and University of Manchester student, Matthew Karas (songwriter/vocals/keyboards/harmonica). Kerford left the group, just before the first gig, and Matthew's neighbour, Ravi Low-Beer, stood in on drums.
Low-Beer, Kerford and guitarist, Siddall, all played drums on the four song cassette, "Too Ill To Close The Door", which was duplicated and distributed by the group, and reviewed in City Life and the Manchester Evening News. After auditioning a few drummers, Gary Farrell, from Stretford, joined the group.
In this line-up, Soil supported The Smiths in Kilburn, on Oct 23rd 1986, at Morrissey's invitation. This was the concert at which The Smiths' live album, Rank, was recorded. Karas had given Morrissey a cassette during a chance encounter, and received a postcard shortly afterwards.
In the same year, Soil played at venues around Manchester, and regularly appeared at The Boardwalk. They also supported Easterhouse on a short UK tour.
Their only release was a flexi-single on the cover of Debris fanzine, edited by Dave Haslam. The track, "Front Room" was played on BBC Radio 1 by John Peel several times, as well as on local radio stations, BBC Radio Manchester and Red Rose Radio. Matthew and Kevin recorded three jingles for the BBC Radio Manchester show, Meltdown, which were played weekly for several months.
Soon after the Smiths concert, both Gary Farrell and Lee Bennett left the group. Matthew and Kevin played one concert with a backing tape, before recruiting bassist, Phil Morris, and drummer, Ged O'Brien, who played at their final performance at The Boardwalk in 1987.
Matthew and Kevin have written and recorded sporadically since 1987, but have not released anything or performed in public. They played a short set in 2013, at Matthew's 50th birthday party.
Matthew Karas has played bass guitar and harmonica with The Fallen Leaves since 2009, and various instruments with Glassglue since 2003.
Usage examples of "soil".
Then all the satisfaction she had derived from what she had heard Madame Bourdieu say departed, and she went off furious and ashamed, as if soiled and threatened by all the vague abominations which she had for some time felt around her, without knowing, however, whence came the little chill which made her shudder as with dread.
Kentucky might have been to accede to the proposition of General Polk, and which from his knowledge of the views of his own Government he was fully justified in offering, the State of Kentucky had no power, moral or physical, to prevent the United States Government from using her soil as best might suit its purposes in the war it was waging for the subjugation of the seceded States.
Hengist, who boldly aspired to the conquest of Britain, exhorted his countrymen to embrace the glorious opportunity: he painted in lively colors the fertility of the soil, the wealth of the cities, the pusillanimous temper of the natives, and the convenient situation of a spacious solitary island, accessible on all sides to the Saxon fleets.
With the acquisition of a superfluous waste of fertile soil, the conquerors obtained the command of a naval force, sufficient to transport their armies to the coast of Asia.
Alsike clover has much the same adaptation to soils as the medium and mammoth varieties, but will grow better than these on low-lying soils well stored with humus.
Crimson clover has highest adaptation for sandy loam soils into which the roots can penetrate easily.
Small, white clover has adaptation for soils very similar to that of alsike clover.
Without irrigation, the highest adaptation, all things considered, is found in Washington and Oregon, west of the Cascades, except where shallow soils lying on gravels exist.
The soils of Northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, that have produced hardwood timber, have unusually high adaptation to the growth of this plant, and as the snow usually covers the ground in these areas in winter, the crop may be relied upon with much certainty.
This important plant holds the soils of riparian habitats and also creates fertile micro-climates, adapting its shape and behavior to the amount of moisture it can get and to the elevation in which it grows, which relates then to the temperature that it must endure.
The fertility of the soil soon attracted a new colony from the adjacent provinces of Gaul.
You may trace a common motive and force in the pyramid-builders of the earliest recorded antiquity, in the evolution of Greek architecture, and in the sudden springing up of those wondrous cathedrals of the twelfth and following centuries, growing out of the soil with stem and bud and blossom, like flowers of stone whose seeds might well have been the flaming aerolites cast over the battlements of heaven.
On the soil of his own county he was no longer the diffident, affable soul he had been on the Continent.
The fruits and productions of the soil, raised by labour and capital, are disseminated and divided among all classes, who exchange their labour for that of the agriculturist, until sustenance is obtained by all.
Shestov has no roots in any soil: his thought is international, or rather supranational, and in this respect more akin to Tolstoy than to Dostoyevsky.