What does Earth mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Earth, earth, world, globenoun

    the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on

    "the Earth moves around the sun"; "he sailed around the world"

  2. earth, groundnoun

    the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface

    "they dug into the earth outside the church"

  3. land, dry land, earth, ground, solid ground, terra firmanoun

    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"

  4. Earth, earthnoun

    the abode of mortals (as contrasted with Heaven or Hell)

    "it was hell on earth"

  5. earthnoun

    once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)

  6. worldly concern, earthly concern, world, earthnoun

    the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife

    "they consider the church to be independent of the world"

  7. ground, earthverb

    a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)

  8. earthverb

    hide in the earth like a hunted animal

  9. earthverb

    connect to the earth

    "earth the circuit"


  1. earthnoun


    This is good earth for growing potatoes.

  2. earthnoun

    Any general rock-based material.

    She sighed when the plane's wheels finally touched earth.

  3. earthnoun

    The ground, land (as opposed to the sky or sea).

    Birds are of the sky, not of the earth.

  4. earthnoun

    A connection electrically to the earth ( ground); on equipment: a terminal connected in that manner.

  5. earthnoun

    A fox's home or lair.

  6. earthnoun

    The world of our current life (as opposed to heaven or an afterlife).

  7. earthnoun

    One of the four basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).

  8. earthnoun

    One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).

  9. earthnoun

    One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Five Elements).

  10. earthverb

    To connect electrically to the earth.

    That noise is because the amplifier is not properly earthed.

  11. earthverb

    To bury.

  12. earthnoun

    Our planet, third out from the Sun; see main entry Earth.

    The astronauts saw the earth from the porthole.

  13. Earthnoun

    The third planet in order from the Sun, upon which humans live. Represented in astronomy and astrology by and .

    The astronauts saw the earth from the porthole.

  14. Etymology: From erthe, from eorþe, from erþō (compare West Frisian ierde, Low German Er(de)/Ir(de), aarde, Erde, jord), related to *erwōn 'earth' (compare ear, ero, jǫrfi 'gravel'), from er- (compare úr 'earth', Tocharian B yare 'gravel', Ancient Greek éras 'earth', éraze 'on the ground', varr, երկիր, երկին).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EARTHnoun

    Etymology: eorð, Saxon.

    The smiling god is seen; while water, earth,
    And air attest his bounty. James Thomson, Spring, l. 855.

    Nought so vile that on the earth doth live,
    But to the earth some special good doth give. William Shakespeare.

    This solid globe we live upon is called the earth, though it contains in it a great variety of bodies, several whereof are not properly earth; which word, taken in a more limited sense, signifies such parts of this globe as are capable, being exposed to the air, to give rooting and nourishment to plants, so that they may stand and grow in it. John Locke.

    The five genera of earths are,
    1. Boles.
    2. Clays.
    3. Marls.
    4. Ochres.
    5. Tripelas. John Hill, Mat. Medica.

    Earths are opake, insipid, and, when dried, friable, or consisting of parts easy to separate, and soluble in water; not disposed to burn, flame, or take fire. John Woodward, Met. Foss.

    What are these,
    So wither’d, and so wild in their attire,
    That look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ earth,
    And yet are on’t? William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    They can judge as fitly of his worth,
    As I can of those mysteries which heav’n
    Will not have earth to know. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The whole earth was of one language. Gen. xi. 1.

    Such land as ye break up for barley to sow,
    Two earths, at the least, ere ye sow it bestow. Thomas Tusser, Husb.

  2. To Earthverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The fox is earthed; but I shall send my two terriers in after him. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    Earth up with fresh mould the roots of those auricula’s which the frost may have uncovered. John Evelyn, Kalendar.

  3. To Earthverb

    To retire under ground.

    Hence foxes earth’d, and wolves abhorr’d the day,
    And hungry churles ensnar’d the nightly prey. Thomas Tickell.


  1. Earth

    Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the only astronomical object known to harbor life. According to radiometric dating and other evidence, Earth formed over 4.5 billion years ago. Earth's gravity interacts with other objects in space, especially the Sun and the Moon, which is Earth's only natural satellite. Earth orbits around the Sun in 365.256 days, a period known as an Earth sidereal year. During this time, Earth rotates about its axis about 366.256 times.Earth's axis of rotation is tilted with respect to its orbital plane, producing seasons on Earth. The gravitational interaction between Earth and the Moon causes tides, stabilizes Earth's orientation on its axis, and gradually slows its rotation. Earth is the densest planet in the Solar System and the largest and most massive of the four rocky planets. Earth's outer layer (lithosphere) is divided into several rigid tectonic plates that migrate across the surface over many millions of years. About 71% of Earth's surface is covered with water, mostly by oceans. The remaining 29% is land consisting of continents and islands that together contain many lakes, rivers and other fresh water, which, together with the oceans, constitute the hydrosphere. The majority of Earth's polar regions are covered in ice, including the Antarctic ice sheet and the sea ice of the Arctic ice pack. Earth's interior remains active with a solid iron inner core, a liquid outer core that generates Earth's magnetic field, and a convecting mantle that drives plate tectonics. Within the first billion years of Earth's history, life appeared in the oceans and began to affect Earth's atmosphere and surface, leading to the proliferation of anaerobic and, later, aerobic organisms. Some geological evidence indicates that life may have arisen as early as 4.1 billion years ago. Since then, the combination of Earth's distance from the Sun, physical properties and geological history have allowed life to evolve and thrive. In the history of life on Earth, biodiversity has gone through long periods of expansion, occasionally punctuated by mass extinctions. Over 99% of all species that ever lived on Earth are extinct. Estimates of the number of species on Earth today vary widely; most species have not been described. Over 7.7 billion humans live on Earth and depend on its biosphere and natural resources for their survival. Politically, the world has around 200 sovereign states.


  1. earth

    Earth is the third planet from the Sun in our solar system and is the only known celestial body to support and sustain life. It is a rocky planet with a diverse range of ecosystems, including land, water bodies, and the atmosphere, that interact to create a livable environment for a wide variety of organisms. It has a solid surface, primarily made up of minerals and rocks, and is known for its abundance of liquid water, vital for the development and sustenance of life as we know it. Earth is characterized by its moderate climate, which allows for the existence of complex life forms and a variety of natural processes, such as weather patterns, tectonic activity, and the carbon cycle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earthnoun

    the globe or planet which we inhabit; the world, in distinction from the sun, moon, or stars. Also, this world as the dwelling place of mortals, in distinction from the dwelling place of spirits

  2. Earthnoun

    the solid materials which make up the globe, in distinction from the air or water; the dry land

  3. Earthnoun

    the softer inorganic matter composing part of the surface of the globe, in distinction from the firm rock; soil of all kinds, including gravel, clay, loam, and the like; sometimes, soil favorable to the growth of plants; the visible surface of the globe; the ground; as, loose earth; rich earth

  4. Earthnoun

    a part of this globe; a region; a country; land

  5. Earthnoun

    worldly things, as opposed to spiritual things; the pursuits, interests, and allurements of this life

  6. Earthnoun

    the people on the globe

  7. Earthnoun

    any earthy-looking metallic oxide, as alumina, glucina, zirconia, yttria, and thoria

  8. Earthnoun

    a similar oxide, having a slight alkaline reaction, as lime, magnesia, strontia, baryta

  9. Earthnoun

    a hole in the ground, where an animal hides himself; as, the earth of a fox

  10. Earthverb

    to hide, or cause to hide, in the earth; to chase into a burrow or den

  11. Earthverb

    to cover with earth or mold; to inter; to bury; -- sometimes with up

  12. Earthverb

    to burrow

  13. Earthnoun

    a plowing

  14. Etymology: [From Ear to plow.]


  1. Earth

    Earth is the third planet from the Sun, and the densest and fifth-largest of the eight planets in the Solar System. It is also the largest of the Solar System's four terrestrial planets. It is sometimes referred to as the world or the Blue Planet. Earth formed approximately 4.54 billion years ago, and life appeared on its surface within its first billion years. Earth's biosphere then significantly altered the atmospheric and other basic physical conditions, which enabled the proliferation of organisms as well as the formation of the ozone layer, which together with Earth's magnetic field blocked harmful solar radiation, and permitted formerly ocean-confined life to move safely to land. The physical properties of the Earth, as well as its geological history and orbit, have allowed life to persist. Estimates on how much longer the planet will be able to continue to support life range from 500 million years, to as long as 2.3 billion years. Earth's lithosphere is divided into several rigid segments, or tectonic plates, that migrate across the surface over periods of many millions of years. About 71% of the surface is covered by salt water oceans, with the remainder consisting of continents and islands which together have many lakes and other sources of water that contribute to the hydrosphere. Earth's poles are mostly covered with ice that is the solid ice of the Antarctic ice sheet and the sea ice that is the polar ice packs. The planet's interior remains active, with a solid iron inner core, a liquid outer core that generates the magnetic field, and a thick layer of relatively solid mantle.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Earth

    ėrth, n. the name applied to the third planet in order from the sun: the matter on the surface of the globe: soil: dry land, as opposed to sea: the world: the inhabitants of the world: dirt: dead matter: the human body: a fox's hole: (pl.) the name applied by the alchemists and earlier chemists to certain substances now known to be oxides of metal, which were distinguished by being infusible, and by insolubility in water.—v.t. to hide or cause to hide in the earth: to bury.—v.i. to burrow: to hide.—ns. Earth′-bag, a sack of earth used in fortifications; Earth′-bath, a bath of earth or mud; Earth′-board, the board of a plough, or other implement, that turns over the earth.—adjs. Earth′-born, born from or on the earth; Earth′-bound, bound or held by the earth, as a tree; Earth′-bred, mean, grovelling.—n. Earth′-clos′et, a system consisting of the application of earth to the deodorisation of fæcal matters.—adjs. Earth′-creā′ted, made of earth; Earth′en, made of earth or clay: earthly.—ns. Earth′enware, crockery; Earth′-fall, a landslide.—adj. Earth′-fed, contented with earthly things.—ns. Earth′flax, asbestos; Earth′-hog (see Aardvark); Earth′-house, the name given to the ancient underground dwellings in Ireland and Scotland, also called Picts' houses; Earth′-hung′er, the passion for acquiring land; Earth′iness; Earth′liness; Earth′ling, a dweller on the earth.—adjs. Earth′ly, belonging to the earth: vile: worldly; Earth′ly-mind′ed, having the mind intent on earthly things.—ns. Earth′ly-mind′edness; Earth′-nut, the popular name of certain tuberous roots growing underground; Earth′-pea, the hog-peanut; Earth′-plate, a buried plate of metal forming the earth-connection of a telegraph-wire, lightning-conductor, &c.; Earth′quake, a quaking or shaking of the earth: a heaving of the ground; Earth′-shine, the faint light visible on the part of the moon not illuminated by the sun; Earth′-trem′or, a slight earthquake.—adv. Earth′ward, toward the earth.—ns. Earth′work, a fortification of earth; Earth′-worm, the common worm: a mean person, a poor creature.—adj. Earth′y, consisting of, relating to, or resembling earth: inhabiting the earth: gross: unrefined. [A.S. eorthe; cf. Dut. aarde, Ger. erde.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. earth

    1. A small bean-shaped planet, full of noise, nonsense and noddies, created in order to swell the pockets of politicians. 2. A blister produced by the constant abrasion of motion against space.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Earth

    (a) The earth is arbitrarily taken as of zero electrostatic potential. Surfaces in such condition that their potential is unchanged when connected to the earth are said to be of zero potential. All other surfaces are discharged when connected to the earth, whose potential, for the purposes of man at least, never changes. (b) As a magnetic field of force the intensity of the earth's field is about one-half a line of force per square centimeter. (c) The accidental grounding of a telegraph line is termed an earth, as a dead, total, partial, or intermittent earth, describing the extent and character of the trouble. [Transcriber's note: Fallen power lines can produce voltage gradients on the earth's surface that make walking in the area dangerous, as in hundreds of volts per foot. Lightning may be associated with substantial changes in the static ground potential.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. EARTH

    A solid substance, much desired by the seasick.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. earth

    One of the primary planets, and the third in order from the sun.

Editors Contribution

  1. earth

    A form of living energy and matter.

    The earth is a living form of energy and matter combined.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 26, 2020  

  2. earth

    A living planet.

    We live on planet earth which is only one planet in the universe that we know of at this moment of time, we are intelligent and know within our soul there is more to this universe.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. EARTH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Earth is ranked #126765 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Earth surname appeared 135 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Earth.

    42.2% or 57 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    31.1% or 42 total occurrences were Black.
    17% or 23 total occurrences were White.
    4.4% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Earth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1046

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Earth' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1291

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Earth' in Nouns Frequency: #466

Anagrams for Earth »

  1. hater

  2. heart

  3. rathe

  4. rehat

  5. Terah

  6. herat

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Earth in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Earth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Earth in a Sentence

  1. Laurie Leshin:

    We have enormous opportunities ahead to leverage JPL's global leadership in robotic space exploration to answer awe-inspiring scientific questions and improve life here on Earth, i look forward to my work with Caltech and NASA to ensure that JPL continues to drive innovation across the global space ecosystem.

  2. Tanguy Bertrand:

    New Horizons even discovered spectacular mountains on Pluto covered by bright deposits, strikingly resembling snow-capped mountain chains seen on Earth, such a landscape had never been observed elsewhere in the solar system. Could Pluto's atmosphere behave like Earth's ? We discovered that a new and unique( in the solar system) atmospheric process forms these snowy mountains on Pluto.

  3. I. F. Stone:

    The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.

  4. Defense James Mattis:

    In recognition of the increasing connectivity of the Indian and Pacific Oceans today we rename the US Pacific Command to Indian Oceans.The US Indo-Pacific Command, south China is South China, South China's standing watch and intimately engaged with over half of the earth's surface and South China diverse populations, from Hollywood, to Bollywood, from polar bears to penguins.

  5. Jefferson Davis:

    Truth crushed to the earth is truth still and like a seed will rise again.

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    without the natural or usual covering
    A render
    B efface
    C denudate
    D abash

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