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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Examples of earthbound in a Sentence

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 And then there’s the film’s look, which, apart from the before-life cosmic vistas, is as earthbound as New York City gets. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "What is life all about? Self-exploration is good for the ‘Soul’," 25 Jan. 2021 She’s the white-lady life spark who eventually possesses Joe’s earthbound body, while Joe gets stuck in Mittens. Jason Kehe, Wired, "What You Lose When You Turn Into an Animal," 18 Jan. 2021 The mission will provide earthbound researchers with the first fresh batch of lunar material in 44 years. Washington Post, "China moon mission returns to Earth, vaulting nation into ranks of space powers," 17 Dec. 2020 Given the importance of consensus to international law, even the opinions of earthbound nations matter. Alexander William Salter, National Review, "Making a Point with Moon Rocks," 14 Dec. 2020 Unfortunately, the spaceman suffered a fall in an earthbound bathroom that left him with a chronic dizziness, which forced him to abandon the race. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why John Glenn Couldn’t Escape the Hero Label," 9 Dec. 2020 The process formed a cloud of stardust that could have blocked Betelgeuse’s light from eager earthbound viewers. Science, "10 awesome science discoveries you may have missed in 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 Each one raises a handful of intriguing possibilities for a commercial boom, and its own blizzard of questions for earthbound society. Clive Thompson, The New Republic, "Monetizing the Final Frontier," 3 Dec. 2020 The researchers compared the changes to Scott’s identical twin Mark, who stayed earthbound during this time. Shi En Kim, Science, "To study aging, scientists are looking to outer space," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of earthbound

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of earthbound was circa 1616

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11 Feb 2021

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“Earthbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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