O, sir, have you taken soil here? It is well a man may reach you after three hours' running.B. Jonson.
(Soil), v. t.[OE. soilen, OF. soillier, F. souiller, (assumed) LL. suculare, fr. L. sucula a little pig,
dim. of sus a swine. See Sow, n.]
1. To make dirty or unclean on the surface; to foul; to dirty; to defile; as, to soil a garment with dust.
Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained.Milton.
2. To stain or mar, as with infamy or disgrace; to tarnish; to sully. Shak.
Syn. To foul; dirt; dirty; begrime; bemire; bespatter; besmear; daub; bedaub; stain; tarnish; sully; defile; pollute.
(Soil), v. i. To become soiled; as, light colors soil sooner than dark ones.
(Soil), n. [See Soil to make dirty, Soil a miry place.] That which soils or pollutes; a soiled place; spot; stain.
A lady's honor . . . will not bear a soil.Dryden.
(Soil"i*ness) n. Stain; foulness. [R.] Bacon.
(Soil"less), a. Destitute of soil or mold.
(Soil"ure) n. [OF. soillure, F. souillure. See Soil to make dirty.] Stain; pollution. Shak.
Then fearing rust or soilure, fashioned for itTennyson.
A case of silk.
(Soil"y) a. Dirty; soiled. [Obs.] Fuller.
(||Soi`ree") n. [F., fr. soir evening, fr. L. serus late, serum late time. Cf. Serenade.] An
evening party; distinguished from levee, and matinée.
(So"ja) n. (Bot.) An Asiatic leguminous herb (Glycine Soja) the seeds of which are used in preparing
the sauce called soy.
(So"journ) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sojourned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sojourning.] [OE. sojornen, sojournen,
OF. sojorner, sejorner, F. séjourner, fr. L. sub under, about + diurnus belonging to the day. See Journal,
Diurnal.] To dwell for a time; to dwell or live in a place as a temporary resident or as a stranger, not
considering the place as a permanent habitation; to delay; to tarry.
Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there.Gen. xii. 30.
Home he goeth, he might not longer sojourn.Chaucer.
The soldiers first assembled at Newcastle, and there sojourned three days.Hayward.
(So"journ), n. [Cf. OF. sujurn, sujur, sejor, F. séjour. See Sojourn, v. i.] A temporary residence,
as that of a traveler in a foreign land.
Though long detainedMilton.
In that obscure sojourn.
(So"journ*er) n. One who sojourns.
We are strangers before thee, and sojourners.1. Chron. xxix. 15.