What does earth mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Earth, earth, world, globe(noun)

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

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

  2. 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"

  3. 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"

  4. Earth, earth(noun)

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

    "it was hell on earth"

  5. earth(noun)

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

  6. worldly concern, earthly concern, world, earth(noun)

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

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

  7. ground, earth(verb)

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

  8. earth(verb)

    hide in the earth like a hunted animal

  9. earth(verb)

    connect to the earth

    "earth the circuit"


  1. earth(Noun)


    This is good earth for growing potatoes.

  2. earth(Noun)

    Any general rock-based material.

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

  3. earth(Noun)

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

    Birds are of the sky, not of the earth.

  4. earth(Noun)

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

  5. earth(Noun)

    A fox's home or lair.

  6. earth(Noun)

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

  7. earth(Noun)

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

  8. earth(Noun)

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

  9. earth(Noun)

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

  10. earth(Verb)

    To connect electrically to the earth.

    That noise is because the amplifier is not properly earthed.

  11. earth(Verb)

    To bury.

  12. earth(ProperNoun)

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

    The astronauts saw the earth from the porthole.

  13. Earth(ProperNoun)

    The third planet in order from the Sun, upon which humans live. Represented in astronomy and astrology by u2641 and u2295.

    The astronauts saw the earth from the porthole.

  14. Origin: 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).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earth(noun)

    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. Earth(noun)

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

  3. Earth(noun)

    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. Earth(noun)

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

  5. Earth(noun)

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

  6. Earth(noun)

    the people on the globe

  7. Earth(noun)

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

  8. Earth(noun)

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

  9. Earth(noun)

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

  10. Earth(verb)

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

  11. Earth(verb)

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

  12. Earth(verb)

    to burrow

  13. Earth(noun)

    a plowing

  14. Origin: [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.

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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, heart, rathe, rehat, Terah

How to pronounce earth?

  1. Alex
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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. Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis:

    No day leaves this Earth.

  2. E. E. Cummings:

    The earth laughs in flowers.

  3. Barack Obama:

    In no other country on Earth.

  4. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Earth is the source of light.

  5. Vikrant Parsai:

    The earth revolves around money.

Images & Illustrations of earth

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