- the bed or stratum of earth or earthy material immediately under the surface soil.
Origin of subsoil
Related Words for subsoilland, dirt, terrain, shore, surface, coast, mud, clay, dust, turf, gravel, sand, clod, sod, muck, compost, deposit, mold, fill, marl
Examples from the Web for subsoil
Historical Examples of subsoil
It provides that the State is entitled to retain what they call ‘subsoil rights.’Across the Mesa
I think, however, I will turn over a furrow of subsoil in it.The Professor at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
The strength of team depends entirely on the character of the subsoil.Farm drainage
Henry Flagg French
The subsoil is a store of inert fertility that should not remain dormant.
They improve the physical condition of the subsoil as well as the top soil.
- Also called: undersoilthe layer of soil beneath the surface soil and overlying the bedrock
- (as modifier)a subsoil plough
- (tr) to plough (land) to a depth below the normal ploughing level and so break up the subsoil
- In an ABC soil, the B horizon. The term was formerly used to mean the layer of earth below the humus or surface soil.