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noun [countable/uncountable] soil pronunciation in American English /sɔɪl/
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  1. 1
    the substance on the surface of the Earth in which plants grow
    The dry rocky soil is suitable for planting vines.
    She scraped away some soil and grasped the top of the root.
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  2. 2

    the soil

    literary farming as a job or as a way of life
    It’s hard these days to make a living from the soil.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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