adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce aground (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The incident occurred in the same southern, single-lane stretch of the canal where a giant cargo ship, the Ever Given, ran aground for six days in March 2021, disrupting global trade. Reuters, CNN, 1 Sep. 2022 One day in May 1967, Middleton warned about an impending maritime disaster; an oil tanker ran aground. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 25 Aug. 2022 Border patrol took 113 Haitian migrants into custody after their sailing-vessel ran aground off the coast of Florida Saturday afternoon. Sarah Rumpf, Fox News, 7 Aug. 2022 In 1803, though, the U.S.S. Philadelphia ran aground near Tripoli — and its crew was taken hostage. Joel Mathis, The Week, 4 Aug. 2022 The site selection ran aground on opposition from planners and some residents who said the Buckland Road Gateway Development Zone does not permit auto businesses and exceptions would lead to more car dealerships. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 27 July 2022 The legislation resembles the sprawling United States Innovation and Competition Act, the original form of the bill, which cleared the Senate last year but ran aground in the House. Amy B Wang,, 27 July 2022 But now some of those waterway dreams seem set to run aground. CNN, 14 Aug. 2022 The chair was a phenomenologist named Marvin Philips, a plump man of collared shirts and timeworn corduroy who, it was rumored, had run aground in philosophy and now spent his days writing haiku. Joshua Ferris, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of aground

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Aground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce aground (audio) \

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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