Soft-shell clam(Zoöl.), the long clam. See Mya.Soft-shelled crab. (Zoöl.) See the Note under Crab, 1.Soft-shelled turtle. (Zoöl.) Same as Soft tortoise, under Soft.

(Soft"-spo`ken) a. Speaking softly; having a mild or gentle voice; hence, mild; affable.

(Sog"gi*ness) n. The quality or state of being soggy; soddenness; wetness.

(Sog"gy) a. [Compar. Soggier ; superl. Soggiest.] [Cf. Icel. söggr damp, wet, or E. soak.] Filled with water; soft with moisture; sodden; soaked; wet; as, soggy land or timber.

(So*ho") interj. Ho; — a word used in calling from a distant place; a sportsman's halloo. Shak.

(||Soi`-di`sant") a. [F.] Calling himself; self-styled; pretended; would-be.

(Soil) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Soiled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Soiling.] [OF. saoler, saouler, to satiate, F. soûler, L. satullare, fr. satullus, dim. of satur sated. See Satire.] To feed, as cattle or horses, in the barn or an inclosure, with fresh grass or green food cut for them, instead of sending them out to pasture; hence (such food having the effect of purging them), to purge by feeding on green food; as, to soil a horse.

(Soil), n. [OE. soile, F. sol, fr. L. solum bottom, soil; but the word has probably been influenced in form by soil a miry place. Cf. Saloon, Soil a miry place, Sole of the foot.]

1. The upper stratum of the earth; the mold, or that compound substance which furnishes nutriment to plants, or which is particularly adapted to support and nourish them.

2. Land; country.

Must I thus leave thee, Paradise? thus leave
Thee, native soil?

3. Dung; fæces; compost; manure; as, night soil.

Improve land by dung and other sort of soils.

Soil pipe, a pipe or drain for carrying off night soil.

(Soil), v. t. To enrich with soil or muck; to manure.

Men . . . soil their ground, not that they love the dirt, but that they expect a crop.

(Soil), n. [OF. soil, souil, F. souille, from OF. soillier, F. souiller. See Soil to make dirty.] A marshy or miry place to which a hunted boar resorts for refuge; hence, a wet place, stream, or tract of water, sought for by other game, as deer.

As deer, being stuck, fly through many soils,
Yet still the shaft sticks fast.

(Soft"ly), adv. In a soft manner.

(Soft"ner) n. See Softener.

(Soft"ness) n. [AS. sftness, sftnyss.] The quality or state of being soft; — opposed to hardness, and used in the various specific senses of the adjective.

(Soft"-shell` Soft"-shelled`) a. Having a soft or fragile shell.

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