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earth

noun \ ˈərth \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of earth

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
3 a : 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
5 a : 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

earthlike

play \ˈərth-ˌlīk\ adjective
on earth
used as an intensive
  • to find out what on earth he was up to
  • —Michael Holroyd

Examples of earth in a Sentence

  1. The moisture will eventually fall to earth in the form of rain or snow.

  2. We could feel the earth shake.

Origin and Etymology of earth

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

earth Synonyms

Synonyms
globe, planet, world
Antonyms
mite, peanuts, pittance song
Related Words
cosmos, creation, nature, universe; ball, orb, sphere; macrocosm, microcosm, microcosmos
Near Antonyms
petty cash, pin money, pocket money, spending money

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earth

verb

Definition of earth

transitive verb
1 : to drive to hiding in the earth
2 : to draw soil about (plants) often used with up
3 chiefly British : ground 3
intransitive verb
of a hunted animal : to hide in the ground

Recent Examples of earth from the Web

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First Known Use of earth

1575



EARTH Defined for English Language Learners

earth

noun

Definition of earth for English Language Learners

  • : the planet on which we live

  • : land as opposed to the sea, the air, etc.

  • : the material in which plants grow


EARTH Defined for Kids

earth

noun \ ˈərth \

Definition of earth for Students

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


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