soil-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: the earth's organic surface layer of dirt

Commentary: SOIL[+entity][+substance][+layer][+surface][+organic][+dirt]

Soybeans and corn like a good rich soil.
The farmers could barely scratch a living from the thin, rocky soil.
These contoured fields help prevent soil erosion.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3

Sense Number 2: being in an unclean state, stained, filthy

Commentary: SOIL[+state][+unclean][+physical/+moral]

These plastic covers will protect your sofa cushions from soil.
Their morals were impeccable, without soil.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: material substance that is considered waste, refuse, sewage

Commentary: SOIL[+entity][+substance][+waste][+refuse]

The villagers collect night soil to be used as fertilizer on the crops. (human excrement)
The neglected infant had lain in his own soil for days.
This water is contaminated with soil from the city sewers.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1-2

Sense Number 4: territory under jurisdiction of a sovereign nation

Commentary: SOIL[+location][+geographical][+territory][+sovereign]

He will be arrested as soon as he steps onto U.S. soil.
They were against the stationing of foreign troops on Japanese soil.
She wanted to kiss the soil of the Irish village where she was born. (emphasis on place, but could also be Sense 1 if taken literally)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: a nurturing medium for growth or development

Commentary: SOIL[+state][+social][+context][+nurturing]

The Garden State has provided fertile soil for the specialty beer market. (it sells well there)
The local tales of the fishermen provided rich soil for the writer's new screenplay.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 5