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ˈgraʊndˌbreɪ kɪŋground·break·ing

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  1. groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony(adj)

    the ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project

  2. innovative, innovational, groundbreaking(adj)

    being or producing something like nothing done or experienced or created before

    "stylistically innovative works"; "innovative members of the artistic community"; "a mind so innovational, so original"


  1. groundbreaking(Noun)

    A ceremony to mark the beginning of construction.

    Etymology: From ground + break + -ing, reminiscent of the practice of breaking ground at the beginning of a new building or construction.

  2. groundbreaking(Noun)

    The point at which construction begins.

    Etymology: From ground + break + -ing, reminiscent of the practice of breaking ground at the beginning of a new building or construction.

  3. groundbreaking(Adjective)

    Innovative; new, different; doing something that has never been done before.

    The latest model includes several groundbreaking features and improvements.

    Etymology: From ground + break + -ing, reminiscent of the practice of breaking ground at the beginning of a new building or construction.


  1. Groundbreaking

    Groundbreaking, also known as cutting, sod-cutting, turning the first sod or a sod-turning ceremony, is a traditional ceremony in many cultures that celebrates the first day of construction for a building or other project. Such ceremonies are often attended by dignitaries such as politicians and businessmen. The actual shovel or spade used during the actual groundbreaking is often a special ceremonial shovel meant to be saved for subsequent display. Commemorative information may be subsequently engraved on the shovel. Ceremonial groundbreakings often precede the actual start of construction by many months. In some places, clergy may also provide blessings, particularly if the building is being constructed by a church or religious-affiliated organization.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of groundbreaking in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of groundbreaking in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of groundbreaking in a Sentence

  1. Ian Kelleher:

    It’s a fantastic automobile that transcends art, pop culture and social movements and is as groundbreaking and stunning as the renowned singer was herself.

  2. Jimmy Smits:

    Just to know that you were involved in something groundbreaking that pushed the envelope of television, to be able to say David Milch's words and to take that rollercoaster ride with that cast of characters is going to be a high point in my life.

  3. Robert Whiting:

    Its too early to tell whether this is a groundbreaking decision, wait until the last few days of the Koshien tournament to see how many aces are rested. My guess is that the two pitchers in the final will have pitched three complete games in a row.

  4. Mike Mayo:

    This is a groundbreaking for Wall Street, banking and finance, citigroup is leading by example by adding diversity to the top of the firm when our country is crying out for this more than ever before. History has been made today.

  5. Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania:

    Reuters' groundbreaking report on the condition of children born with opioid dependencies should be a call to action for all members of Congress.

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