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Soil appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Rae, don’t rid folio soil of dirt… no, dear.
  • Now I won my gym node generosities, I cart soil… I ostracise it; I so reneged on my gym now I won.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun soil:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb soil:


The word soil is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun soil

What does soil mean as a name of something?

Soil is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: soils

  1. the state of being covered with unclean things
  2. the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of soil: dirt
    • more generic words: earth / ground = the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface
    • more specific terms:
      • marl = a loose and crumbling earthy deposit consisting mainly of calcite or dolomite
      • regosol = a type of soil consisting of unconsolidated material from freshly deposited alluvium or sand
      • residual clay / residual soil = the soil that is remaining after the soluble elements have been dissolved
      • surface soil / topsoil = the layer of soil on the surface
      • undersoil / subsoil = the layer of soil between the topsoil and bedrock
      • alluvial soil = a fine-grained fertile soil deposited by water flowing over flood plains or in river beds
      • bog soil = poorly drained soils on top of peat and under marsh or swamp vegetation
      • clay = a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired
      • clunch = hardened clay
      • desertic soil / desert soil = a type of soil that develops in arid climates
      • caliche / hardpan = crust or layer of hard subsoil encrusted with calcium-carbonate occurring in arid or semiarid regions
      • fuller's earth = an absorbent soil resembling clay
      • gilgai soil = soil in the melon holes of Australia
      • gumbo soil / gumbo = any of various fine-grained silty soils that become waxy and very sticky mud when saturated with water
      • humus = partially decomposed organic matter
      • indurated clay = hardened clay
      • Indian red = a red soil containing ferric oxide
      • laterite = a red soil produced by rock decay
      • loam = a rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand and clay and decaying organic materials
      • loess = a fine-grained unstratified accumulation of clay and silt deposited by the wind
      • mould / mold = loose soil rich in organic matter
      • clay / mud = water soaked soil
      • bole = a soft oily clay used as a pigment
      • podsolic soil / podsol soil / podzol soil / podsol / podzol = a soil that develops in temperate to cold moist climates under coniferous or heath vegetation
      • prairie soil = a type of soil occurring under grasses in temperate climates
      • sand = a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral
      • sedimentary clay = clay soil formed by sedimentary deposits
      • silt = mud or clay or small rocks deposited by a river or lake
      • boulder clay / till = unstratified soil deposited by a glacier
      • tundra soil = a black mucky soil with a frozen subsoil that is characteristic of Arctic and subarctic regions
      • wiesenboden = a dark meadow soil rich in organic material
  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)
  4. the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state

Alternative definition of the noun soil


  1. [uncountable] A mixture of sand and organic material, used to support plant growth.
  2. [uncountable] 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. [uncountable] The unconsolidated mineral or organic matter on the surface of the earth that has been subjected to and shows effects of genetic and environmental factors of: climate (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. [euphemistic] Country or territory.
  5. [uncountable, euphemistic] Faeces or urine etc. when found on clothes.
  6. [countable] In medical terms, a bag containing soiled items.
  7. A wet or marshy place in which a boar or other such game seeks refuge when hunted.

Definition of the verb soil

What does soil mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: soiled | soiling | soils

  1. make soiled, filthy, or dirty

Alternative definition of the verb soil


  1. To make dirty.
  2. [reflexive] To dirty one's clothing by accidentally defecating while clothed.
  3. To make invalid, to ruin.


  1. Soil, often typeset as SOiL, is an American metal 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.
  2. Soil is a musical group.
  3. Soil is a musical group.
    • album: "Fructified"

There are other groups with in their name, like Enemy Soil, Acidic Soil, Songs of Soil, Southern Soil, Soil & Eclipse, Scratching Soil, Soil Sing Through Me, The Soil Bleeds Black and Ringo Sheena×soil & "Pimp" Sessions.


  1. "SOiL": 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.
  2. "Soil" is a composition.
  3. "Soil" is a musical album of Terre Thaemlitz.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  4. "Soil" is a musical album of Naevus.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  5. "Soil" is a musical album of My Beloved.
  6. "Soil" is a musical album of M.Pheral.
  7. "Soil" is a musical album of Farmer John.
  8. "Soil" is a musical EP of Pod People.


"Soil" is a book by Charlie Ryrie.


  1. "Soil" a.k.a. "Earth" is a 1930 Soviet film by Ukrainian director Alexander Dovzhenko, concerning the process of collectivization and the hostility of Kulak landowners. It is Part 3 of Dovzhenko's "Ukraine Trilogy".
  2. "Soil" is a 2011 short animated drama film directed by Meejin Hong.
  3. "Soil" is a film, directed by Gweon Yeong-Sun.


Soil is a fictional character from the 2004 animation film Doggy Poo.


SOIL a.k.a. The School of Inspired Leadership, also known as SOIL, is a private business school located in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. It was founded by Anil Sachdev who was formerly the CEO of the consulting firm Grow Talent Company Limited before the consulting business was sold to the American HR Consulting firm Right Management. The name Grow Talent Company was retained and SOIL functions as a unit of Grow Talent Company.


  1. Soil is the mixture of minerals, organic matter, gases, liquids, and the myriad of organisms that together support plant life. It is a natural body that exists as part of the pedosphere and which performs 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 the atmosphere of Earth; and it is a habitat for organisms that take part in decomposition of organic matter and the creation of a habitat for new organisms.
    • also known as אדמה, Tla, Zemlja
  2. 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.
  3. Soil: Topic that describe the general and/or specific types of soils where this land cover class can be found.

Phrases with Soil

Phrases starting with the word Soil:

  1. soil bank
  2. soil pipe
  3. Soil Stack
  4. soil erosion
  5. Soil Genesis

Phrases ending with the word Soil:

  1. to soil
  2. bog soil
  3. Fill Soil
  4. free-soil
  5. leaf soil
  6. gumbo soil
  7. night soil
  8. regur soil
  9. desert soil
  10. gilgai soil
  11. Native Soil
  12. podsol soil
  13. podzol soil
  14. tundra soil
  15. prairie soil

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Soil

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Google previewAnnual Report ... (1883)

by Canada. Department of the Interior

The soil is a light loam. None of the above tOWnships are desirable for settlement . Township 9, Ranges 2'! and 28.—-The first 4 miles are undulating prairie, sloping to'the north and rather stony. As soon as Fish Creek is crossed, the soil ...

Google previewEnvironmental Chemistry, Ninth Edition (2009)

by Stanley Manahan, Stanley E. Manahan

SOIL AND AGRICULTURE Because of its role in supporting plant growth, soil is a crucial part of the geosphere. Like the very sparse layer of stratospheric ozone that is essential to protect terrestrial organisms from destructive solar ...

Google previewEconomics of Soil Erosion (2004)

Issues and Imperatives from India by Pushpam Kumar

Soil means the top 1 5 centimetres thick mixture of clay, silt, organic matter, air, sand, mineral and water which provide...

Here in the book, unless cited otherwise, soil refers to the loose material composed of weathered rock, other minerals and...

Google previewBulletin (1911)

The soil is a gray to brown fine sand or light fine sandy loam about 12 inches deep. The subsoil is a red or yellowish-red clay, usually stiff and plastic, and mottled, especially in the lower depths. Iron concretions are usually present in both soil ...

Google previewEarly performance of Pinus contorta x banksiana hybrids (1967)

by James E. Lotan, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station (Ogden, Utah)

The soil is a deep clay on a gentle (less than 5 percent) southwest slope. Lubrecht Experimental Forest. --This property, owned by the State of Montana, is administered by the University of Montana. It is 24 miles east of Bonner, Montana, ...

Google previewSoils (2015)

Genesis and Geomorphology by Randall J. Schaetzl, Michael L. Thompson

Soil means different things to different people.

– “Soil is the biologically excited layer of the Earth's crust” – give...

Google previewSoundscape Ecology (2013)

Principles, Patterns, Methods and Applications by Almo Farina

Soil is a medium rich in acoustic information.

Google previewUnited Arab Emirates Keys to Soil Taxonomy (2014)

by Shabbir A. Shahid, Mahmoud A. Abdelfattah, Michael A. Wilson, John A. Kelley, Joseph V. Chiaretti

Abstract Soil is the natural medium for the growth of land plants, whether or not it has discernible soil horizons. People...

Soil is a natural body comprised of solids (minerals and organic matter), liquid, and gases that occur on the land surface, ...

Google previewThe Technical Avalanche Protection Handbook (2014)

by Florian Rudolf-Miklau, Siegfried Sauermoser, Arthur Mears

Average soil refers to a consolidated, close-grained material with cohesive, fine- grained content (e.g. coarse scree deposits with a content of cohesive fine material or dry, gravelly sand). Poor soil refers to loosely compacted material with ...

Google previewSurface and Ground Water, Weathering, and Soils (2005)

Treatise on Geochemistry, Second Edition by J.I. Drever

INTRODUCTION Soil is the biogeochemically altered material that lies at the interface between the...

Google previewSoil Survey Reports (1917)

by Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station

The surface soil is a black to dark-gray silty clay loam, 15 to 18 inches in depth. The subsoil is a drab or gray and brown mottled silty clay loam which at various depths grades into a pinkish-brown or gray and pink mottled, plastic silty clay.

Google previewReport on Cotton Production in the United States: General discussion of cotton production (1884)

The soil is a fine and coarse sandy loam, from 4 to 10 inches deep...

The most important soil is the swamp land, comprising two-thirds of the county area, extending for a distance of 100 miles with a width of 12 miles. The natural timber growth ...

Google previewGazetteer of the State of New York (2007)

by J. H. French

The soil is a clay and gravelly loam. Perrysburgh, (p. v.,) s. of the center, contains a church and 23 dwellings. It is a station on the N. Y. & E. R. R. Versailles, (p. v.,) on Cattaraugus Creek, in the n.e. part, contains a church, 2 flouring mills, and a ...

Google previewSoil and Environmental Science Dictionary (2001)

by E.G. Gregorich, L. W. Turchenek, M.R. Carter, Denis A. Angers

Soil scientists now collaborate with colleagues in many Þelds, and a basic working knowledge of the vocabulary of those Þelds improves understanding and enhances the ßow of information. This dictionary brings together the conventional ...

Google previewThe Fairchild Books Dictionary of Interior Design (2014)

by Mark Hinchman

Fiber Characteristics Acrylic Durability: Soil resistance: Abrasion resistance: Resilience: Care requirements: Additional comments: Good Good Good Good Easy care Available in a wide range of colors; nonallergenic; resistant to mildew, moths ...

Google previewEnvironment : Problems And Policies(encyclopaedia Of Environment), Vol# 2 (2005)

by Ed. K.R. Gupta

Well-managed soil can be a sustainable resource, and one that may even be imposed; however, when misused the risk is that it will be degraded or ever wholly lost. Soil degradation may be rapid and obvious — e.g. gullying, severe sheath ...

Google previewInstant Encyclopaedia of Geography (1993)

by Shatrughna Prasad Sinha

Nevertheless, centuries of agriculture, whether arable or pastoral, have not- completely blurred the original soil characteristics of each region. Certain fundamental differences still persist in our soils to permit, on the one hand, a broad division ...

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Quotes about Soil

One wants a friend to use him as soil
To sow in and then get a harvest from.
The one who seeks you sees you as soil.
To be a friend you must be the fertile soil. (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of S1O1I1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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