above·​ground | \ ə-ˈbəv-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce aboveground (audio) \

Definition of aboveground

1 : located or occurring on or above the surface of the ground
2 : existing, produced, or published by or within the establishment aboveground movies

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aboveground adverb

Examples of aboveground in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the past decade, Wendy Bowman has blocked the aboveground expansion of another mine 10 miles from Singleton. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 But perhaps the pillbox wasn’t a bridge abutment, but rather an aboveground overflow tank for the sanitary district. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 24 Oct. 2021 The threat is even worse for domesticated honey bees, who live in aboveground hives and can’t hunker underground the way wild bees can. Natalie Hamilton, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Oct. 2021 Bandit9’s new Supermarine motorcycle may be meant for aboveground travel, but its inspiration comes from under the sea. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 12 Oct. 2021 Taylor Mali, 56, a poet from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, held court in front of an aboveground sepulcher in the Egyptian Revival style. New York Times, 23 Sep. 2021 This process will include connecting underground and aboveground utilities and installation of restrooms. Jane Levere, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 Additionally, an aboveground sewage pipe that runs across the dam could be damaged by high-velocity runoff, contaminating the water and affecting service to the 289 nearby homes connected to the sewer, according to Underwood’s office. Maggie Prosser, chicagotribune.com, 2 Aug. 2021 The largest is the Square Kilometer Array, with some 6,000 aboveground counters and more than 1,100 subsurface muon detectors to catch cosmic rays and gamma rays. Ling Xin, Scientific American, 8 July 2021

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First Known Use of aboveground

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Aboveground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aboveground. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aboveground

: located or occurring above the ground

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