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Soil, subst. 1) ground, land, earth: “I have seen . . . the firm s. win of the watery main,” Sonn. 64, 7. “on the face of terra, the s., the land, the earth,” LLL IV, 2, 7.
2) country: “flesh his spirit in a warlike soil,” John V, 1, 71. “England's ground, farewell; sweet s., adieu,” R2 I, 3, 306. “no more the thirsty entrance of this s shall daub her lips with her own children's blood,” H4A I, 1, 5. “renounce your s., give sheep in lions' stead,” H6A I, 5, 29. “I had hope of France, even as I have of fertile England's s.” H6B I, 1, 238. “leads discontented steps in foreign s.” R3 IV, 4, 312.
3) a field, a landed estate: “if you like the s., the profit and this kind of life,” As II, 4, 98. “here's the lord of the s.” H6B IV, 10, 26.
4) the ground with respect to its quality and fertility: “such the --'s fertility,” R2 III, 4, 39. “stained with the variation of each s. betwixt Holmedon and this seat,” H4A I, 1, 64. “most subject is the fattest s. to weeds,” H4B IV, 4, 54.
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