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Plural of sol3.



also so

the musical syllable for the fifth tone of a diatonic scale.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Latin solve; see gamut]


(soʊl, sɒl)

also sou

a former coin and money of account of France.
[1575–85; < Old French sol < Late Latin solidus solidus1]


(soʊl, sɒl; Sp. sɔl)

n., pl. sols, Sp. so•les (ˈsɔ lɛs)
the basic monetary unit of Peru.
[1880–85; < American Spanish: sun, Sp < Latin sōl]


(sɔl, sɒl)

a fluid colloidal solution.



1. a personification of the sun.
2. the Roman god of the sun, identified with the Greek god Helios.


a combining form meaning “soil” of the kind specified by the initial element: spodosol.
[< Latin solum soil]


1. Solicitor.
2. Solomon.
References in classic literature ?
Further on, from the bright red windows of the Sword-Fish Inn, there came such fervent rays, that it seemed to have melted the packed snow and ice from before the house, for everywhere else the congealed frost lay ten inches thick in a hard, asphaltic pavement, --rather weary for me, when I struck my foot against the flinty projections, because from hard, remorseless service the soles of my boots were in a most miserable plight.
There was not a piece of sound skin the size of a dollar on the whole body; wounds, scars, bruises, discolored extravasated blood, everywhere--even on the soles of the feet there were wounds.
The soles had shed themselves bit by bit, and the upper leathers had broken and burst until the very shape and form of shoes had departed from them.
I will tickle the soles of your feet with a feather," (Miss Lindsay shuddered, and hid her feet beneath the chair) "until your hair turns white.
The prince became a Giant again, and asked Hadvor to cut the pieces out of his legs for the dogs; but she refused until he told her that Hermod was in a desert island, which she could not reach unless she took the skin off the soles of his feet and made shoes out of that; with these shoes she could travel both on land and sea.
His entire business, which was that of cutting out soles for shoe manufacturers, was not at any time worth more than thirty-five thousand dollars.
What wonder is it if Roland was so good a knight and so valiant as everyone says he was, when, after all, he was enchanted, and nobody could kill him save by thrusting a corking pin into the sole of his foot, and he always wore shoes with seven iron soles?
The trousers were finished off with thick boots, weighted with heavy leaden soles.
When he breakfasted or dined all the resources of the club--its kitchens and pantries, its buttery and dairy--aided to crowd his table with their most succulent stores; he was served by the gravest waiters, in dress coats, and shoes with swan-skin soles, who proffered the viands in special porcelain, and on the finest linen; club decanters, of a lost mould, contained his sherry, his port, and his cinnamon-spiced claret; while his beverages were refreshingly cooled with ice, brought at great cost from the American lakes.
Supposing that after having eaten the leather they eat the soles, I cannot see much that is left unless they eat one another.
The youth could see that the soles of his shoes had been worn to the thinness of writing paper, and from a great rent in one the dead foot projected piteously.
Why should I mind the soles of my feet coming through my boots?