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1ground

noun, often attributive \ˈgrand\

the ground : the surface of the earth

: the soil that is on or under the surface of the earth

: an area of land

Full Definition of GROUND

1
a :  the bottom of a body of water
b plural
(1) :  sediment 1 (2) :  ground coffee beans after brewing
2
a :  a basis for belief, action, or argument <ground for complaint> —often used in plural <sufficient grounds for divorce>
b (1) :  a fundamental logical condition
(2) :  a basic metaphysical cause
3
a :  a surrounding area :  background
b :  material that serves as a substratum
4
a :  the surface of the earth
b :  an area used for a particular purpose <the parade ground> <fishing grounds>
c plural :  the area around and belonging to a house or other building
d :  an area to be won or defended in or as if in battle
e :  an area of knowledge or special interest <covered a lot of ground in his lecture>
5
a :  soil, earth
b :  a special soil
6
a :  an object that makes an electrical connection with the earth
b :  a large conducting body (as the earth) used as a common return for an electric circuit and as an arbitrary zero of potential
c :  electric connection with a ground
7
:  a football offense utilizing primarily running plays
from the ground up
1
:  entirely new or afresh
2
:  from top to bottom :  thoroughly
into the ground
:  beyond what is necessary or tolerable :  to exhaustion <labored an issue into the groundNewsweek>
off the ground
:  in or as if in flight :  off to a good start <the program never got off the ground>
on the ground
:  at the scene of action
to ground
1
:  into a burrow <the fox went to ground>
2
:  into hiding <might need to make a run for it and go to ground someplace — Edward Hoagland>
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Examples of GROUND

  1. An apple fell to the ground.
  2. Mechanical problems kept the plane on the ground.
  3. They were lying on the ground.
  4. The flight was watched by many observers on the ground.
  5. planting seeds in the ground
  6. She drove a spike into the ground.
  7. They built their house on bare ground.
  8. We realized that we were on hallowed ground.
  9. They built their house on high ground.
  10. Each fall the birds return to their wintering grounds.

Origin of GROUND

Middle English, from Old English grund; akin to Old High German grunt ground
First Known Use: before 12th century

2ground

verb

: to provide a basis or reason for (something)

: to cause a ship or boat to hit the ground below the water so that it cannot move

: to prevent (an aircraft or a pilot) from flying

Full Definition of GROUND

transitive verb
1
a :  to bring to or place on the ground
b :  to cause to run aground
2
a :  to provide a reason or justification for <our fears about technological change may be well grounded — L. K. Williams>
b :  to furnish with a foundation of knowledge :  base <an understanding … that is grounded in fact — Michael Kimmelman>
3
:  to connect electrically with a ground
4
a :  to restrict to the ground <ground a pilot>
b :  to prohibit from taking part in some usual activities <grounded her for a week>
5
:  to throw (a football) intentionally to the ground to avoid being tackled for a loss
intransitive verb
1
:  to have a ground or basis :  rely
2
:  to run aground
3
:  to hit a grounder <grounded back to the pitcher>

Examples of GROUND

  1. They grounded the ship on a sandbar.
  2. The plane was grounded by mechanical problems.
  3. Bad weather grounded his flight.
  4. a pilot grounded by health problems

First Known Use of GROUND

13th century

3ground

Definition of GROUND

past and past participle of grind
INTO THE GROUND Defined for Kids

1ground

noun \ˈgrand\

Definition of GROUND for Kids

1
:  the surface of the earth <Leaves fell to the ground.>
2
:  2soil 1, earth <The beans themselves popped out of the ground. — Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie>
3
:  the bottom of a body of water <The boat struck ground.>
4
:  an area of land <sacred ground>
5
:  an area used for some purpose <a hunting ground>
6
grounds plural :  the land around and belonging to a building <the school grounds>
7
:  background 1
8
:  a reason for a belief, action, or argument <What is the ground for your complaint?>
9
:  an area of knowledge <We covered a lot of ground in class.>
10
:  a level of achievement or success <The company is losing ground.>
11
grounds plural :  material in a liquid that settles to the bottom <coffee grounds>

2ground

verb
ground·edground·ing

Definition of GROUND for Kids

1
:  to provide a reason for <The practices are grounded in tradition.>
2
:  to instruct in basic knowledge or understanding <The students are well grounded in math.>
3
:  to run or cause to run aground <ground a ship>
4
:  to connect electrically with the ground
5
:  to prevent (a plane or pilot) from flying
6
:  to prohibit from taking part in certain activities as punishment <My parents grounded me for a week.>

3ground

Definition of GROUND for Kids

past and past participle of grind
Medical Dictionary

ground

Medical Definition of GROUND

past and past part of grind

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