(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 leaveMilton.
Thee, native soil?
3. Dung; fæces; compost; manure; as, night soil.
Improve land by dung and other sort of soils.Mortimer. 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.South.
(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,Marston.
Yet still the shaft sticks fast.