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Soil Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • 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 on top of the land. Some people call soil dirt. Soil has many things in it. Those things are rocks (minerals) and 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. Soil does six important things.

Plants on the land use soil for their home. Plants grow roots into the soil to get food. The soil holds water and the water has plant food in it. Plant foods are called plant nutrients. Animals eat the plants that grow in the soil. Water that flows very far down into the soil is made clean by the soil. Bad things are trapped in the soil and only the clean water flows down into the earth. 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. They make holes in the soil that let air into the soil. The smallest things, like bacteria and fungi, live in the soil all their life. The roots of plants and animals breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide gas. The soil lets in oxygen and the plants breathe it. Soil also takes in and gives out other gases. People use soil to make bricks and then they use the bricks to make their homes.



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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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