Simple Definition of earth
: the planet on which we live
: land as opposed to the sea, the air, etc.
: the material in which plants grow
Full Definition of earth
1 : the fragmental material composing part of the surface of the globe; especially : cultivable soil
3 a : areas of land as distinguished from sea and air b : the solid footing formed of soil : ground
4 often capitalized : the planet on which we live that is third in order from the sun — see planet table
5 a : the people of the planet Earth b : the mortal human body c : the pursuits, interests, and pleasures of earthly life as distinguished from spiritual concerns
6 : the lair of a burrowing animal
7 : an excessive amount of money —used with the <real suede, which costs the earth to clean — Joanne Winship>
earthlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
—used as an intensive <to find out what on earth he was up to — Michael Holroyd>
Examples of earth in a sentence
The moisture will eventually fall to earth in the form of rain or snow.
We could feel the earth shake.
Origin and Etymology of earth
Middle English erthe, from Old English eorthe; akin to Old High German erda earth, Greek era
First Known Use: before 12th century
Definition of earth
1 : to drive to hiding in the earth
2 : to draw soil about (plants) —often used with up
3 chiefly British : ground 3
of a hunted animal : to hide in the ground
First Known Use of earth
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