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SOIL. The superficies of the earth on which buildings are erected, or may be erected.
     2. The soil is the principal, and the building, when erected, is the accessory. Vide Dig. 6, 1, 49.

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I planted about two acres and a half of upland; and as it was only about fifteen years since the land was cleared, and I myself had got out two or three cords of stumps, I did not give it any manure; but in the course of the summer it appeared by the arrowheads which I turned up in hoeing, that an extinct nation had anciently dwelt here and planted corn and beans ere white men came to clear the land, and so, to some extent, had exhausted the soil for this very crop.
Removing the weeds, putting fresh soil about the bean stems, and encouraging this weed which I had sown, making the yellow soil express its summer thought in bean leaves and blossoms rather than in wormwood and piper and millet grass, making the earth say beans instead of grass -- this was my daily work.
After having chosen the soil, and, if it be necessary, modified it, we will divide our three bulbs; you will take one and plant it, on the day that I will tell you, in the soil chosen by me.
I will bring you the soil to-morrow, and you will choose it for your bulb and for mine.
He never worked in it and found the soil unpacked and tractable without experiencing the thrill of accomplishment.
But ever the persistent soil remains for others to scrawl themselves across.
At the bottom of the immense cavity burrowed hundreds of small extinguished craters, riddling the soil like a colander, and overlooked by a peak
They went around and gathered every bit of soil they could find, gleaned it and even stole it by the shovelful or handful, and carried it up the mountains on their backs and built farms--BUILT them, MADE them, on the naked rock.
It was finally agreed, then, that the Columbiad must be cast on the soil of either Texas or Florida.
The case of the sailor's body perfectly preserved in the icy soil of the South Shetland Islands (lat.
Luxuriant vegetation spread in wild profuseness over this prodigal soil.
MY boy," said an aged Father to his fiery and disobedient Son, "a hot temper is the soil of remorse.