The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Soil \Soil\, n. [OF. soil, souil, F. souille, from OF. soillier,
F. souiller. See Soil to make dirty.]
A marshy or miry place to which a hunted boar resorts for
refuge; hence, a wet place, stream, or tract of water, sought
for by other game, as deer.
As deer, being stuck, fly through many soils,
Yet still the shaft sticks fast. --Marston.
To take soil, to run into the mire or water; hence, to take
refuge or shelter.
O, sir, have you taken soil here? It is well a man
may reach you after three hours' running. --B.