What does Ground mean?

Definitions for Ground

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Ground.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. reason, ground(noun)

    a rational motive for a belief or action

    "the reason that war was declared"; "the grounds for their declaration"

  3. earth, ground(noun)

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

    "they dug into the earth outside the church"

  4. footing, basis, ground(noun)

    a relation that provides the foundation for something

    "they were on a friendly footing"; "he worked on an interim basis"

  5. ground(noun)

    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"

  6. background, ground(noun)

    the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground

    "he posed her against a background of rolling hills"

  7. 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"

  8. ground(noun)

    a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused

  9. ground, earth(noun)

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

  10. ground(noun)

    (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting

  11. flat coat, ground, primer, priming, primer coat, priming coat, undercoat(verb)

    the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface

  12. anchor, ground(verb)

    fix firmly and stably

    "anchor the lamppost in concrete"

  13. ground(verb)

    confine or restrict to the ground

    "After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot"

  14. ground(verb)

    place or put on the ground

  15. ground(verb)

    instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject

  16. ground, strand, run aground(verb)

    bring to the ground

    "the storm grounded the ship"

  17. ground, run aground(verb)

    hit or reach the ground

  18. ground(verb)

    throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage

  19. ground(verb)

    hit a groundball

    "he grounded to the second baseman"

  20. ground(verb)

    hit onto the ground

  21. prime, ground, undercoat(verb)

    cover with a primer; apply a primer to

  22. ground(verb)

    connect to a ground

    "ground the electrical connections for safety reasons"

  23. establish, base, ground, found(verb)

    use as a basis for; found on

    "base a claim on some observation"


  1. ground(v. t.)

    To forbid (a pilot) to fly an airplane; -- usually as a disciplinary measure, or for reasons of ill health sufficient to interfere with performance.

  2. ground(v. t.)

    To forbid (aircraft) to fly; -- usually due to the unsafe condition of the aircraft or lack of conformity to safety regulations; as, the discovery of a crack in the wing of a Trijet caused the whole fleeet to be grounded for inspection.

  3. ground(v. t.)

    To temporarily restrict the activities of (a child), especially social activity outside the house; -- usually for bad or unsatisfactory conduct; as, Johnny was grounded for fighting at school and can't go to the movies for two weeks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ground

    of Grind

  2. Ground(noun)

    the surface of the earth; the outer crust of the globe, or some indefinite portion of it

  3. Ground(noun)

    a floor or pavement supposed to rest upon the earth

  4. Ground(noun)

    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

  5. Ground(noun)

    land; estate; possession; field; esp. (pl.), the gardens, lawns, fields, etc., belonging to a homestead; as, the grounds of the estate are well kept

  6. Ground(noun)

    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

  7. Ground(noun)

    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

  8. Ground(noun)

    in sculpture, a flat surface upon which figures are raised in relief

  9. Ground(noun)

    in point lace, the net of small meshes upon which the embroidered pattern is applied; as, Brussels ground. See Brussels lace, under Brussels

  10. Ground(noun)

    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

  11. Ground(noun)

    one of the pieces of wood, flush with the plastering, to which moldings, etc., are attached; -- usually in the plural

  12. Ground(noun)

    a composition in which the bass, consisting of a few bars of independent notes, is continually repeated to a varying melody

  13. Ground(noun)

    the tune on which descants are raised; the plain song

  14. Ground(noun)

    a conducting connection with the earth, whereby the earth is made part of an electrical circuit

  15. Ground(noun)

    sediment at the bottom of liquors or liquids; dregs; lees; feces; as, coffee grounds

  16. Ground(noun)

    the pit of a theater

  17. Ground(verb)

    to lay, set, or run, on the ground

  18. Ground(verb)

    to found; to fix or set, as on a foundation, reason, or principle; to furnish a ground for; to fix firmly

  19. Ground(verb)

    to instruct in elements or first principles

  20. Ground(verb)

    to connect with the ground so as to make the earth a part of an electrical circuit

  21. Ground(verb)

    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

  22. Ground(verb)

    to run aground; to strike the bottom and remain fixed; as, the ship grounded on the bar

  23. Ground

    imp. & p. p. of Grind

  24. Origin: [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.]


  1. Ground

    In electrical engineering, ground or earth can refer to the reference point in an electrical circuit from which other voltages are measured, or a common return path for electric current, or a direct physical connection to the Earth. Electrical circuits may be connected to ground for several reasons. In mains powered equipment, exposed metal parts are connected to ground to prevent user contact with dangerous voltage if electrical insulation fails. Connections to ground limit the build-up of static electricity when handling flammable products or electrostatic-sensitive devices. In some telegraph and power transmission circuits, the earth itself can be used as one conductor of the circuit, saving the cost of installing a separate return conductor. For measurement purposes, the Earth serves as a constant potential reference against which other potentials can be measured. An electrical ground system should have an appropriate current-carrying capability to serve as an adequate zero-voltage reference level. In electronic circuit theory, a "ground" is usually idealized as an infinite source or sink for charge, which can absorb an unlimited amount of current without changing its potential. Where a real ground connection has a significant resistance, the approximation of zero potential is no longer valid. Stray voltages or earth potential rise effects will occur, which may create noise in signals or if large enough will produce an electric shock hazard.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ground

    grownd, pa.t. and pa.p. of grind.

  2. Ground

    grownd, n. the surface of the earth: a portion of the earth's surface: land, field, soil: the floor, &c.: position: field or place of action: (lit. or fig.) that on which something is raised: foundation: sufficient reason: (art) the surface on which the figures are represented.—v.t. to fix on a foundation or principle: to instruct in first principles: to cover with a layer of plaster, &c., as a basis for painting: to coat with a composition, as a surface to be etched.—v.i. to strike the bottom and remain fixed.—ns. Ground′age, the tax paid by a ship for the space occupied while in port; Ground′-ang′ling, fishing without a float, with a weight placed a few inches from the hook—called also Bottom-fishing; Ground′-ash, a sapling of ash; Ground′-bait, bait dropped to the bottom of the water.—adv. Ground′edly (Browning), on good grounds.—ns. Ground′er, at baseball, &c., a ball thrown low rather than rising into the air; Ground′-floor, the floor of a house on a level with the street or exterior ground; Ground′-game, hares, rabbits, as distinguished from winged game; Ground′-hog, the American marmot, or woodchuck: the aardvark of Africa; Ground′-hold (Spens.), ground-tackle; Ground-ice, the ice formed at the bottom of a water first—also An′chor-ice; Ground′ing, the background of embroidery, &c.; Ground′-ī′vy, a common British creeping-plant whose leaves were once used for flavouring ale (gill-ale or gell-ale).—adj. Ground′less, without ground, foundation, or reason.—adv. Ground′lessly.—ns. Ground′lessness; Ground′ling, a fish which keeps near the bottom of the water, esp. the spinous loach: a spectator in the pit of a theatre—-hence one of the common herd: (pl.) the vulgar.—adj. (Lamb) base.—ns. Ground′-nut, ground-bean, or pea-nut, the fruit of the annual leguminous plant Arachis hypogæa; Ground′-oak, a sapling of oak; Ground′-plan, plan of the horizontal section of the lowest or ground story of a building: Ground′-plot, the plot of ground on which a building stands; Ground′-rent, rent paid to a landlord for the use of the ground for a specified term, usually in England ninety-nine years.—n.pl. Grounds, dregs of drink: sediment at the bottom of liquors (explained by Skeat as Celtic—Gael. grunndas, lees, grunnd, bottom, Ir. gruntas, grunnt, bottom).—ns. Ground′sell, Ground′sill, the timber of a building which lies next to the ground; Ground-squirr′el, the chipmuck or hackee; Ground′-swell, a broad, deep undulation of the ocean, proceeding from a distant storm; Ground′-tack′le, the tackle necessary for securing a vessel at anchor; <

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Ground

    The contact of a conductor of an electric circuit with the earth, permitting the escape of current if another ground exists.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ground

    In a military sense, the field or place of action. To take ground; a battalion or company is said to take ground when it extends in any given direction. This term is likewise used in dueling; as, they took their ground at eight or ten paces from each other.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ground' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #615

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ground' in Written Corpus Frequency: #956

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ground' in Nouns Frequency: #159

How to pronounce Ground?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ground in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ground in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Ground in a Sentence

  1. Chrystal Harmes:

    Get on the ground.

  2. The National Weather Service:

    Seek higher ground now!

  3. Jim Cassidy:

    The ground gets too soft.

  4. Mike Clifford:

    The ground's been rattling.

  5. Mark Zuckerberg:

    Common ground is important.

Images & Illustrations of Ground

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Translations for Ground

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  • أرضArabic
  • зямляBelarusian
  • земяBulgarian
  • terra, sòlCatalan, Valencian
  • země, základ, dno, uzemnit, dát domácí vězeníCzech
  • Land, Grundfeste, Erdreich, Bezugspotenzial, Erdboden, Grund, Erde, Masse, Masseleitung, Massepotenzial, Hintergrund, Masseverbindung, Boden, Erdung, Startverbot erteilen, Hausarrest geben, gemahlen, erdenGerman
  • γείωση, έδαφος, βυθόςGreek
  • fondo, toma de tierra, suelo, fundamento, tierra, base, polo a tierra, conectar a tierra, poner a tierra, molido, castigar, picadoSpanish
  • زمینPersian
  • maa, syy, maaperä, kenttä, ympäristö, perusta, peruste, runko, maajohdin, puitteet, pohja, maanpinta, kehys, [[määrätä]] [[lentokieltoon]], [[oppia]] [[perusteet]], maattaa, maadoittaa, jauhettuFinnish
  • terre, masse, terrain, fond, base, sol, fondation, terrain de football, clouer au sol, mettre à la terre, moulu, gronder, haché, punirFrench
  • grûnWestern Frisian
  • talamh, ùirScottish Gaelic
  • भूतल, ज़मीनHindi
  • Haitian Creole
  • föld, földelés, őrölt, szobafogságra ítél, darált, leföldel, földelHungarian
  • հիմք, գետին, հող, հատակArmenian
  • terra, suoloItalian
  • 地, 土Japanese
  • ნიადაგიGeorgian
  • 바탕, 접지, 흙, 테두리, 땅Korean
  • земјаMacedonian
  • grond, ondergrond, aarde, neuter, bodem, achtergrond, aarding, aarden, huisarrest geven, [[een]] [[vliegverbod]] [[opleggen]]Dutch
  • niʼNavajo, Navaho
  • tèrraOccitan
  • uziemienie, gleba, dno, grunt, ziemia, podstawa, bazaPolish
  • terra, campo, solo, chão, [[deixar]] [[de]] [[castigo]], aterrarPortuguese
  • potențial zero, sol, pământRomanian
  • основа, земля, база, дно, заземление, почва, грунт, заземлить, заземлятьRussian
  • भूतलSanskrit
  • terraSardinian
  • земља, zemljaSerbo-Croatian
  • zemSlovak
  • zemljaSlovene
  • grund, bakgrund, backe, jord, mark, jordledare, ge utegångsförbud, mald, jorda, ge husarrest, belägga med flygförbud, ställa på markenSwedish
  • ดินThai
  • земляUkrainian
  • بھوتل, زمینUrdu

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