\ ˈərth How to pronounce earth (audio) \

Definition of earth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the fragmental material composing part of the surface of the globe especially : cultivable soil
2 : the sphere of mortal life as distinguished from spheres of spirit life — compare heaven, hell
3a : areas of land as distinguished from sea and air
b : the solid footing formed of soil : ground
4 often capitalized : the planet on which we live that is third in order from the sun — see Planets Table
5a : the people of the planet Earth
b : the mortal human body
c : the pursuits, interests, and pleasures of earthly life as distinguished from spiritual concerns
6 : the lair of a burrowing animal
7 : an excessive amount of money used with the real suede, which costs the earth to clean— Joanne Winship
on earth
used as an intensive to find out what on earth he was up to— Michael Holroyd


earthed; earthing; earths

Definition of earth (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to drive to hiding in the earth
2 : to draw soil about (plants) often used with up
3 chiefly British : ground sense 4

intransitive verb

of a hunted animal : to hide in the ground

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earthlike \ ˈərth-​ˌlīk How to pronounce earth (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for earth

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of earth in a Sentence

Noun The moisture will eventually fall to earth in the form of rain or snow. We could feel the earth shake.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One order became three, then six: 36 cubic yards of good earth. Xander Peters, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2022 If your yard is full of weeds, brown patches, or clumps of bare earth that can't seem to grow fresh grass, your lawn probably lacks important nutrients that can foster proper root growth and moisture retention. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2022 Those awakened early Monday reported feeling the earth shaking for several seconds, some even describing what sounded like a heavy truck moving nearby. Meg Kinnard, ajc, 9 May 2022 At the 41-unit condominium complex below, residents also saw cracks in their walls, and the sidewalks buckled as the earth shifted underneath. Hannah Frystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2022 Farm fields stretch out to the horizons, in brilliant, yellow blossoming rapeseed or tilled black earth. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 7 May 2022 Angela Kelly is a very funny woman, very down-to-earth. Stephanie Petit,, 5 May 2022 Magia Mezcal offers up aromas of wet earth, with citrus and agave notes and a hint of smokiness. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 3 May 2022 In a recent flight, a 2015 Cabernet from Moon Mountain District (the Wises’ Sonoma property), made by Massimo Monticelli, was a concentrated and aromatic beauty, with black cherry layered on complexities of minerality and earth. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Step into nature, hike, perhaps try earthing (which is a practice of removing your shoes and walking on the earth to help rid you of stresses or clear your mind). Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, 14 Jan. 2020 The outer cylinder is earthed while the inner one is not, creating a capacitor. The Economist, 1 Aug. 2019 Practitioner John Manning will discuss earthing on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road. Courant Community, 9 Jan. 2018 When the aerial is earthed, part of the carrier wave will be absorbed. The Economist, 13 Sep. 2017 But Truth in Advertising, a consumer advocacy group, cited earthing in a database of 50-some instances in which Goop promoted unsubstantiated products or claims. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, 12 Sep. 2017 Inside, the château is an equal marvel, perfectly restored and filled with contemporary art and, for balance, fragments of a meteorite that fell to earth 200 million years ago. Jon Maksik, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of earth


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1575, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for earth


Middle English erthe, from Old English eorthe; akin to Old High German erda earth, Greek era

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15 May 2022

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“Earth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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\ ˈərth How to pronounce earth (audio) \

Kids Definition of earth

1 often capitalized : the planet that we live on
2 : land as distinguished from sea and air Snow fell to earth.
3 : soil entry 2 sense 1 a mound of earth

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