• WordNet 3.6
    • adj free-soil where slavery was prohibited "a free-soil state"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • free-soil In favor of free soil or territory—that is, opposed to slavery. An epithet applied to a party or the principles of a party in the United States who opposed the extension of slavery into the Territories, or those parts of the country which had not yet been erected into States. The Free-soil party arose out of a coalition of the Liberty party with the Barnburners in 1848, and, with the addition of Whigs, Know-nothings, and some Democrats, became in 1854 the Republican party. It nominated candidates for the presidency in 1848 and 1852.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Free-soil in favour of free territory, opposed to slavery
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. freo; Ger. frei, Ice. frí.


In literature:

All the cultivation they require is to be kept free from weeds; and they will thrive in any common garden soil.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
The soil, for a nursery, should be rich, well dug, dressed with well-decayed manure, free from weeds, and protected from cold winds.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
The soil was dry and sandy, the sides of the hills were sparsely covered with isolated trees and free from brush-wood.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Sand in the soil permits of the more free passing of air through the soil.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
The plant is twisted slightly to free the stem from the soil, without tearing it up to any great extent.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
It will do on other free loamy soils, but will not make the same growth as when planted in free alluvials.
"Fruits of Queensland" by Albert Benson
The winds also help keep the desert rocks bare and free of soil.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
Now we are free of the brick and on excellent soil.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Thy soil shall be free.
"Kosciuszko" by Monica Mary Gardner
Well do the Free Soil papers comprehend this matter.
"Americanism Contrasted with Foreignism, Romanism, and Bogus Democracy in the Light of Reason, History, and Scripture;" by William Gannaway Brownlow
My boy then joined a Free-Soil club, and sang songs in support of Van Buren and Adams.
"A Boy's Town" by W. D. Howells
From his fruitful farm in Iowa he had sought the free soil of Dakota.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
As yet the soil is dry: the womenkind are a host of locked-up possibilities for good and sadly free possibilities for evil.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
At this point he shook himself free from the tyranny of the soil.
"Robert Burns" by Gabriel Setoun
This is a hardy annual, raised from seed on any good soil, with no care but keeping free from weeds.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Besides the properties just described, the soil must possess the power of admitting a free circulation of air.
"The Elements of Agriculture" by George E. Waring
The cherry prefers a free, loamy soil, with a well-drained subsoil.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
On chalk or gravel soils they must be on the pear or free stock.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
You recollect the Cradle of Liberty shut to a Free Soil Convention, but open to those hirelings of the Slave Master.
"The Trial of Theodore Parker" by Theodore Parker
Prefer bottom land here, sandy soil, free from clay or hard-pan.
"The Apple" by Various

In poetry:

A man must hold his honour free,
His conscience must not stain,
Or soil, I say, the dignity
Of heart and blood and brain!
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
And they are strangers on the soil,
As poor as poor can be,
But the English flag above them floats,
They know that they are free.
"Arrival In The Land Of Freedom" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Unlike the shapes on Egypt's sands
Uplifted by the toil-worn slave,
On Freedom's soil with freemen's hands
We rear the symbol free hands gave.
"The Bartholdi Statue" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"If thou hast taken the common clay,
And thy hands be not free
From the taint of the soil, thou hast made thy spoil
The greater shame to thee."
"The Light That Failed" by Rudyard Kipling
What page in the heavenly record is soil'd
With the folly or vice of thy poor idiot child?
Though free to accuse him, what voice in the throng,
Can say that thy infant has offered him wrong?
"The Consolation" by Caroline Fry
High up there are no thorns to prod,
Nor boulders lurking 'neath the clod
To turn the keenness of the share,
For flight is ever free and rare;
But heroes they the soil who've trod,
Not they who soar!
"Not they who soar" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

A continued rain-free pattern will allow for soils to dry and lakes to drain down some this week.
The UW-Madison Agronomy Department, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, is again offering free soybean cyst nematode (SCN) soil testing for Wisconsin growers.
For retail chains offering fragrant soaps and scrubs, the free luxury hand wash has become a popular way to lure in soiled, stressed-out New Yorkers.
A free rain barrel workshop will be held from 3-4 pm, Wednesday, May 19, at the Winnebago County Soil & Water Conservation District office, 4833 Owen Center Road, Rockford.
NASA's Spirit rover is stuck in the Martian soil, but the agency's full complement of robots in the neighborhood are working to free it.
The Commissioners will offer free top soil on Saturdays in October.
Mix plenty of composted organic matter into prepared, weed-free soil to a depth of 8 inches or more, then level the ground.
A soil scientist shows all you need to know to make compost at home for free.
Right after I finished mulching my rose garden with free wood chips I got from a tree service, I read that wood chips suck all the nitrogen out of the soil.
He said phosphate -free versions are less expensive and work just as well for soils in the area.
The brothers from the map dot of Free Soil are good, everyday guys who deserve Muskegon's support.
0Using rock salt (sodium chloride) to keep walkways and driveways free of ice can harm plants and lawns because the salt builds up in the soil.
Free-flowing water removes soil from produce, while individually divided washing bays allow staff to clean a variety of fruits and vegetables at the same time.
BARTLEY KIVES / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Trees planted in a test plot try to survive in sandy soil near the border with Mali on the edge of the Sahara Desert.