Definitions for groundgraʊnd
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the solid surface of the earth; firm or dry land.
earth or soil:
land having an indicated character:
Often, grounds. a tract of land appropriated to a special use:
picnic grounds; a hunting ground.
Often, grounds. the foundation or basis on which a belief or action rests; reason or cause:
grounds for dismissal.
subject for discussion; topic:
to go repeatedly over the same ground.
rational or factual support for one's position or attitude, as in a debate or argument:
on firm ground.
the main surface or background in painting, decorative work, lace, etc.
the background in a visual field, contrasted with the figure.
a coating of a substance serving as a surface to be worked on, as in painting or etching.
Category: Fine Arts
grounds, dregs or sediment:
grounds, the gardens, lawn, etc., surrounding and belonging to a building.
a conducting connection between an electric circuit or equipment and the earth or some other conducting body.
Category: Electricity and Magnetism
the bottom of a body of water.
the earth's solid or liquid surface; land or water.
Category: Music and Dance
Ref: ground bass.
(adj.)situated on, at, or near the surface of the earth:
a ground attack.
pertaining to the ground.
operating on land:
(v.t.)to lay or set on the ground.
to place on a foundation; fix firmly; settle or establish; found.
to instruct in elements or first principles:
to ground students in science.
to furnish with a ground or background, as on decorative work.
to cover (wallpaper) with colors or other materials before printing.
to establish a ground for (an electric circuit, device, etc.).
Category: Electricity and Magnetism
to cause (a vessel) to run aground.
to restrict (an aircraft or pilot) to the ground; prevent from flying.
Informal. to restrict the activities, esp. the social activities, of, usu. as a punishment.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal
(v.i.)to come to or strike the ground.
to hit a ground ball in baseball.
ground out,Baseball. to be put out at first base after hitting a ground ball to the infield.
Category: Verb Phrase, Sport
Idioms for ground:
take the high ground,to take a position of advantage or superiority.
Origin of ground:
bef. 900; ME; OE grund, c. OFris, OS grund, OHG grunt
Ref: a pt. and pp. of grind .
(adj.)reduced to fine particles by grinding.
having the surface abraded or roughened by or as if by grinding.
land, dry land, earth, ground, solid ground, terra firma(noun)
the solid part of the earth's surface
"the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land"; "the earth shook for several minutes"; "he dropped the logs on the ground"
a rational motive for a belief or action
"the reason that war was declared"; "the grounds for their declaration"
the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface
"they dug into the earth outside the church"
footing, basis, ground(noun)
a relation that provides the foundation for something
"they were on a friendly footing"; "he worked on an interim basis"
a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)
"they gained ground step by step"; "they fought to regain the lost ground"
the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
"he posed her against a background of rolling hills"
land, ground, soil(noun)
material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
"the land had never been plowed"; "good agricultural soil"
a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused
a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)
(art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting
flat coat, ground, primer, priming, primer coat, priming coat, undercoat(verb)
the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
fix firmly and stably
"anchor the lamppost in concrete"
confine or restrict to the ground
"After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot"
place or put on the ground
instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
ground, strand, run aground(verb)
bring to the ground
"the storm grounded the ship"
ground, run aground(verb)
hit or reach the ground
throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
hit a groundball
"he grounded to the second baseman"
hit onto the ground
prime, ground, undercoat(verb)
cover with a primer; apply a primer to
connect to a ground
"ground the electrical connections for safety reasons"
establish, base, ground, found(verb)
use as a basis for; found on
"base a claim on some observation"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the surface of Earth that you walk on
a room below ground; I found the earring lying on the ground.
a subject that is being discussed
We covered new ground in today's lecture.
to increase/decrease your advantage or level of success
The company's stocks gained ground this week.
(of a large project, system, etc.) to start
The new project took a while to get off the ground.
to refuse to be frightened in a difficult or dangerous situation
She stood her ground and yelled back at them.
in the place where sth is happening
an aid worker on the ground in the war zone
(of food) crushed into small pieces
the surface of the earth; the outer crust of the globe, or some indefinite portion of it
a floor or pavement supposed to rest upon the earth
any definite portion of the earth's surface; region; territory; country. Hence: A territory appropriated to, or resorted to, for a particular purpose; the field or place of action; as, a hunting or fishing ground; a play ground
land; estate; possession; field; esp. (pl.), the gardens, lawns, fields, etc., belonging to a homestead; as, the grounds of the estate are well kept
the basis on which anything rests; foundation. Hence: The foundation of knowledge, belief, or conviction; a premise, reason, or datum; ultimate or first principle; cause of existence or occurrence; originating force or agency; as, the ground of my hope
that surface upon which the figures of a composition are set, and which relieves them by its plainness, being either of one tint or of tints but slightly contrasted with one another; as, crimson Bowers on a white ground
in sculpture, a flat surface upon which figures are raised in relief
in point lace, the net of small meshes upon which the embroidered pattern is applied; as, Brussels ground. See Brussels lace, under Brussels
a gummy composition spread over the surface of a metal to be etched, to prevent the acid from eating except where an opening is made by the needle
one of the pieces of wood, flush with the plastering, to which moldings, etc., are attached; -- usually in the plural
a composition in which the bass, consisting of a few bars of independent notes, is continually repeated to a varying melody
the tune on which descants are raised; the plain song
a conducting connection with the earth, whereby the earth is made part of an electrical circuit
sediment at the bottom of liquors or liquids; dregs; lees; feces; as, coffee grounds
the pit of a theater
to lay, set, or run, on the ground
to found; to fix or set, as on a foundation, reason, or principle; to furnish a ground for; to fix firmly
to instruct in elements or first principles
to connect with the ground so as to make the earth a part of an electrical circuit
to cover with a ground, as a copper plate for etching (see Ground, n., 5); or as paper or other materials with a uniform tint as a preparation for ornament
to run aground; to strike the bottom and remain fixed; as, the ship grounded on the bar
imp. & p. p. of Grind
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
The contact of a conductor of an electric circuit with the earth, permitting the escape of current if another ground exists.
Translations for ground
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the solid surface of the Earth
lying on the ground; high ground.
- soloPortuguese (BR)
- der (Erd)BodenGerman
- landjord; jordDanish
- קַרקָע, אֲדָמָה, הָאָרֶץHebrew
- tlo, zemljaCroatian
- jörð, grundIcelandic
- terra, suoloItalian
- 땅, 지면Korean
- zeme; augsneLatvian
- grond, bodemDutch
- bakke, jord, grunn, terrengNorwegian
- مځكه، دځمكې مخ، خاوړه ډكرPashto
- sol, pământRomanian
- zemlja, tlaSlovenian
- mark, markenSwedish
- yer, toprak, zeminTurkish
- 地面Chinese (Trad.)
- ґрунт; земляUkrainian
- سطح زمینUrdu
- mặt đấtVietnamese
- 地面Chinese (Simp.)
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