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noun \ˈgrau̇nd\

Simple Definition of ground

  • 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. 1 a :  the bottom of a body of water b plural (1) :  sediment 1 (2) :  ground coffee beans after brewing

  2. 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. 3 a :  a surrounding area :  background b :  material that serves as a substratum

  4. 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. 5 a :  soil, earth b :  a special soil

  6. 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. 7 :  a football offense utilizing primarily running plays

from the ground up
  1. 1 :  entirely new or afresh

  2. 2 :  from top to bottom :  thoroughly

into the ground
  1. :  beyond what is necessary or tolerable :  to exhaustion <labored an issue into the groundNewsweek>

off the ground
  1. :  in or as if in flight :  off to a good start <the program never got off the ground>

on the ground
  1. :  at the scene of action

to ground
  1. 1 :  into a burrow <the fox went to ground>

  2. 2 :  into hiding <might need to make a run for it and go to ground someplace — Edward Hoagland>

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

Rhymes with ground




Simple Definition of ground

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to bring to or place on the ground b :  to cause to run aground

  3. 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>

  4. 3 :  to connect electrically with a ground

  5. 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>

  6. 5 :  to throw (a football) intentionally to the ground to avoid being tackled for a loss

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to have a ground or basis :  rely

  9. 2 :  to run aground

  10. 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

13th Century

First Known Use of ground

13th century



Definition of ground

  1. past and past participle of grind

Medical Dictionary


Medical Definition of ground

    past and past part of grind

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February 11, 2016

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