earth·bound | \ ˈərth-ˌbau̇nd \

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

b : pedestrian, unimaginative

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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

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Nominations: 2 This is a show with cosmically high stakes that manages to feel utterly earthbound and comfortable. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "9 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Can Binge to Escape Reality," 13 July 2018 Known as ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays, these particles have a million times more energy than has ever been produced in an earthbound particle accelerator, but what boosts them to such colossal energies is unknown. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Ghostly particle caught in polar ice ushers in new way to look at the universe," 12 July 2018 The initial sighting of 2018 LA was only the third time an asteroid has been discovered on an earthbound trajectory. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "For Just 2nd Time Ever, Meteor Hunters Recover Chunks of Rock They Tracked From Space," 9 July 2018 Director DuVernay’s handling of the earthbound scenes of Meg’s life feels just right. Michael Phillips,, "'A Wrinkle in Time' review: Disney's space odyssey leads to Oprah and beyond," 7 Mar. 2018 Dark wood stain applied in the center of three interlocking aureole forms gives one floor-sculpture the appearance of a giant bouquet of Van Gogh’s sunflowers — a symbol of happiness now bloated and earthbound. Christopher Knight,, "Jamison Carter's sculptures: Like a carpenter's guide to the cosmos, or earthbound explosions of space," 14 June 2018 In her very good new book, Smith’s concerns are more earthbound. New York Times, "In Her New Work, a Public Poet Balances the Personal and Political," 26 Apr. 2018 Ping says his team will also try to combine signals received by the NCLE with those taken by earthbound detectors—a technique known as interferometry, which can improve resolution. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "China’s moon mission will probe cosmic dark ages," 16 May 2018 One day last week, on a day off in Los Angeles, a few Spurs players visited the headquarters of SpaceX, a company known for defying earthbound limits and inspiring head-shaking wonder. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Ginobili’s season might be one for the ageless," 12 Jan. 2018

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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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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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