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Soil Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state; "American troops were stationed on Japanese 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); "the land had never been plowed"; "good agricultural soil"
  • the state of being covered with unclean things
  • the part of the earth''s surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
  • make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don''t soil your clothes when you play outside!"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • the state of being covered with unclean things ,
  • the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock ,
  • 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" ,
  • the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state; "American troops were stationed on Japanese soil"

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Soil Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Soil is loose material which lies on top of the land. It has many things in it, like tiny grains of rock, minerals, water and air. Soil also has living things and dead things in it. We call the living and dead things "organic matter". Soil is important for life on Earth.

Because soil holds water and nutrients, it is an ideal place for plants to grow.

Many animals dig into the soil and make the soil their home. The large animals use soil to make dens for sleeping and giving birth. The small animals live most of their life in the soil. Earthworms are famous for improving soil. This is mainly because the holes they make let air into the soil, and helps water to drain away through the soil.

The soil also has vast numbers of microorganisms living in it (bacteria and archaea). Many of them, like the fungi, live by respiration: breaking down the organic material in the soil. The sum total of this is to release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and release mineral nutrients into the soil.



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* They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure. - Ernest Hemingway

* A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely. - Pam Brown

* Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity... - Vaclav Havel


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