earth·​bound | \ ˈərth-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce earthbound (audio) \

Definition of earthbound

1a : fast in or to the soil earthbound roots
b : located on or restricted to land or to the surface of the earth
2a : bound by earthly interests

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a dull and earthbound mind we have too many earthbound worries to speculate on the number of angels who can dance on the head of a pin
Recent Examples on the Web Radcliffe and the rest of the Miracle Workers ensemble step into new roles, moving from the heavenly setting of season 1 to a more earthbound — but no less ridiculous — story line that’s positively medieval. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Miracle Workers: Dark Ages star Daniel Radcliffe discusses his most difficult costars ever," 28 Jan. 2020 And the moods: the earthbound world on the left seems solemn, even chilly, whereas on the right heaven is light-filled and joyous. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "A Mystery Meets the Mystical," 17 Jan. 2020 Modeled after the workhorse Black Hawk, the HH-60 is known for its survivability in combat — but still can fall victim to a missile, especially when earthbound and unable to evade. Susan Katz Keating, Washington Examiner, "'Skimpy outcome': Iran's missile attacks took out one helicopter, nine tents, and some tools," 9 Jan. 2020 The sudden drop in speed causing a Doppler effect shift that earthbound observers could detect, the first sign that the chutes worked. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's InSight Sticks Its Martian Landing," 26 Nov. 2018 Alex is a potent mix of flinty strength and raw vulnerability, and a brilliant instrument to channel the novel’s tone, which is simultaneously elegant and grotesque, eerie and earthbound. Ellen Morton, Washington Post, "After dominating YA, Leigh Bardugo delivers a fantasy novel for adults with ‘Ninth House’," 30 Sep. 2019 Natural wine fit in with the urban appetite for movements that evoked a slower, more earthbound past. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, "How Natural Wine Became a Symbol of Virtuous Consumption," 18 Nov. 2019 But Kelly’s experience was unique in that researchers painstakingly documented his physiology and cognitive performance while in orbit—and simultaneously monitored his identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, as an earthbound control. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "A Head Full of Fluid and Burning Eyes: NASA Astronaut Talks about His Year Living in Space," 12 July 2019 But the wry singer had more earthbound matters on his mind. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Rolling Stones rock Rose Bowl as NASA announces ‘Rolling Stones Rock’ on Mars," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of earthbound

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Earthbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of earthbound

: located on the surface of the earth : not able to fly or to go to outer space
: not having or showing imagination

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