\ ə-ˈgrau̇nd \

Definition of aground

1 : on the ground planes aloft and aground
2 : on or onto the shore or the bottom of a body of water a ship run aground

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beached, grounded, stranded



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The crew intentionally ran the ship aground after the collision to try to save it, but to no avail. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Underwater Footage from Helge Ingstad—Norway’s Newest Submarine," 19 Dec. 2018 Trade talks, though, could run aground after the arrest in Canada of the daughter of the Huawei founder, Meng Wanzhou, for allegedly helping the telecommunications giant evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. Bob Davis, WSJ, "U.S. Maintains Hard Line as Details Emerge in Trade Truce With China," 9 Dec. 2018 The frigate, which was being towed back to a Philippine port, ran aground during a routine patrol, damaging some of its propellers. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 10 Sep. 2018 In 1981, a Soviet Whiskey-class diesel electric submarine ran aground inside Swedish territorial waters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rattled by Russia, Sweden Reveals a New Fighter Jet," 18 May 2016 Efforts to bring a vaccine for Lyme disease to the market have run aground amid heated debate over the years. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "New Effort for Lyme Disease Vaccine Draws Early Fire," 9 July 2018 Some seamen, however, have languished in captivity for months or even years because their companies balked at coughing up—often because their ship was uninsured, or had run aground, or had been disabled by fire, or had sunk. The Economist, "A new approach to Somali pirates frees more hostages," 28 June 2018 Truth be told, humans run aground on ambiguous language all the time. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language," 27 June 2018 The anchor line broke five days later and the boat ran aground near Harding Street. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stranded sailboat's next journey: The landfill," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of aground

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of aground

: on or onto the ground
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Kids Definition of aground

: on or onto the shore or the bottom of a body of water The ship ran aground during the storm.

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