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English noun: soil

1. soil (state) the state of being covered with unclean things

Synonymsdirt, filth, grease, grime, grunge, stain

Broader (hypernym)dirtiness, uncleanness

2. soil (substance) the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock


Broader (hypernym)earth, ground

Narrower (hyponym)alluvial soil, bog soil, bole, boulder clay, caliche, clay, clay, clunch, desert soil, desertic soil, fuller's earth, gilgai soil, gumbo, gumbo soil, hardpan, humus, Indian red, indurated clay, laterite, loam, loess, marl, mold, mould, mud, podsol, podsol soil, podsolic soil, podzol, podzol soil, prairie soil, regosol, residual clay, residual soil, sand, sedimentary clay, silt, subsoil, surface soil, till, topsoil, tundra soil, undersoil, wiesenboden

3. soil (object) material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)

SamplesThe land had never been plowed.
Good agricultural soil.

Synonymsground, land

Broader (hypernym)object, physical object

Narrower (hyponym)badlands, bottom, bottomland, coastland, cultivated land, farmland, greensward, overburden, permafrost, ploughland, plowland, polder, rangeland, scablands, sod, sward, tillage, tilled land, tilth, turf, wetland

4. soil (location) the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state

SamplesAmerican troops were stationed on Japanese soil.


Broader (hypernym)geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region

English verb: soil

1. soil (contact) make soiled, filthy, or dirty

SamplesDon't soil your clothes when you play outside!.

Synonymsbegrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)blemish, contaminate, crock, foul, foul, mire, muck, muck up, mud, muddy, muddy up, pollute, slime, smear, splash, spot

Antonymsclean, make clean

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