- soil1 [ sɔıl ] noun count or uncount ***1. ) the substance on the surface of the Earth in which plants grow:The dry rocky soil is suitable for planting vines.She scraped away some soil and grasped the top of the root.2. ) the soil LITERARY farming as a job or way of life:It's hard these days to make a living from the soil.someone's native soil LITERARYthe country in which someone was bornon British/U.S./Japanese etc. soilpresent or living in the U.K., the U.S., Japan, etc.:He disappeared as soon as he landed on U.S. soil.soilsoil 2 [ sɔıl ] verb transitive FORMALto make something dirty:She was afraid she might soil her new dress.not soil your handsto refuse to do something that you do not approve of╾ soiled adjective:soiled clothing
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.