night soil

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n night soil human excreta used as fertilizer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Night soil human excrement; -- so called because in cities it is collected by night and carried away for manure.
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Usage

In literature:

Night concealed the fugitives, and the trees of the forest spread their sheltering branches over the sons of the soil.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
It was these the Morvada passed out in the darkness of night, on the eve before landing and setting foot on foreign soil.
"The Delta of the Triple Elevens" by William Elmer Bachman
Night came on, and the corps men retired to sleep their first night on Luzon's soil; but their sleep was not easy.
"Bamboo Tales" by Ira L. Reeves
The sounds she had heard the night before dove-tailed in her mind with these soiled dishes on the tray.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Soiled socks should be washed and hung up to dry over night.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The cultivators left the corn-fields until the next day's sun and a night of seepage might once more fit the black soil for tillage.
"The Brown Mouse" by Herbert Quick
There is nothing, it appears, except long sedgy grass, and a little soil to prevent its sinking into the shades of eternal night.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
He preferred to labor day and night, rather than permit her to soil her white hands with the soot of the furnaces.
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
The refuse and night soil is all saved and sold for fertilizer.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
Late on the third night a small note was put into his hands, blistered and soiled with tears.
"Graham's Magazine Vol. XXXII No. 2. February 1848" by Various
What is the probable value of the night soil yearly lost in the United States?
"The Elements of Agriculture" by George E. Waring
It was night when we reached Cincinnati, where we were ferried over the Ohio river and placed on Ohio soil.
"The Boy Spy" by Joseph Kerby
In the spot we'd found in the night, a tight box of great size was sunk into the soil.
"The Voodoo Gold Trail" by Walter Walden
Then he sent his prophets to prune it, and stir the soil around it, and watch over it night and day.
"Old Wine and New" by Joseph Cross
He was muddied and soiled, as though he had ridden hard all night.
"The Courtship of Morrice Buckler" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
For here Nelson slept during his last night on English soil.
"The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries" by Charles G. Harper
At night cold exhalations rose from the slimy soil and chilled them to the marrow.
"The Empire Makers" by Hume Nesbit
Gradually the sand gave place to a hard and flinty soil, on which through the silent night resounded the foot-fall of the camels.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
Mr. Burley, his gay green dress already shabby and soiled, with a rent in the skirts, and his face speaking of habitual night-cups.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. III, No. XVII, October 1851" by Various
Thanks to the yielding nature of the soil, this operation was completed the following night.
"Annals of a Fortress" by E. Viollet-le-Duc
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In poetry:

The jests that lit our hours by night
And made them gay,
Soiled a sweet and ignorant soul
And fouled its play.
"To A Cabaret Dancer" by Djuna Barnes
The host of forest-dwellers of the soil
Trysting at night;
To meet them foxes come, a peaceful troop,
For my delight.
"The Lay of Prince Marvan" by Anonymous Irish
No scents of delved dewy soil arise;
No storm-blue pall in state hangs hill or lea;
No nightly seas swirl in grey agonies;
Nor old Earth’s sweet decays dye herb or tree.
"Your Place Is Heaven, A Stormless Nightless Home?" by Thomas Runciman
There hedges of hawthorn scent the sweet air,
And, thick as the stars of the night,
The daisy and primrose, with flow’rets as fair,
Gem that soil of soft verdurous light.
"The Emigrant’s Address To America" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
Where sodden soil, you scarce have trod,
Fills oozy footprints--but the blind
Night there, tho' like the frown of God,
Presents no phantoms to the mind,
Like these that have o'erawed.--
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
London or Tarshish, Rome and Paris our delights
have gilded and thereon have soil'd them: first and last,
flush'd with our wine and song, has shudder'd at our nights,
and cast us, lepers, out into the ancient waste.
""The yellow gas is fired from street to street. ."" by Christopher Brennan

In news:

Shorter days and longer nights allow soil temperatures to cool, resulting in a flush of lawn root and shoot growth.
On Thursday nights, David Hart dons a black trench coat, black shirt, pants and boots and heads for a club called The Soil, where heavily pierced patrons emulate Count Dracula and Morticia Addams.
Wayne Simmonds had been back on North American soil for less than 10 days, but he knew where he needed to be on Saturday night.
The varietals grown at Brennan Vineyards in Comanche profit from the region's rich soil, warm days and cool nights.
SOiL narrowly beat Bobaflex last night to retain their Championship.
This famous predator snail comes out of the leaf mulch or soil at night and eats the eggs of slugs and snails as well as feeding on the young snails .
Muskingum County Commissioners received word Wednesday night that a move to add lime to the wet soil on Northpointe Drive has been approved.
Last night (Jan 27), the starlet made her first public appearance on US soil since her breakup with Russell Brand.
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