earthbound

adjective
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

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 Three days later, Burna is in South London and decidedly more earthbound, slouched in an antique red leather chair. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 12 May 2022 The lemon was a high note singing clearly and steadily over the earthbound meatiness of the lamb. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 May 2022 Their speeches have been practical yet soaring, theological yet earthbound. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Mar. 2022 Despite the performers spending time suspended about the stage, the production remains stubbornly earthbound. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 As hip-hop and pop have edged toward the surreal, prizing fearlessness and deviation—the most exciting young artists in those genres tend to be provocateurs, of a sort—country has remained earthbound. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2022 The transcendent poet of ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ was a young man with distinctly earthbound interests. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 In contrast to the chunky, earthbound heaviness of the Tudor-revival homes around it, the Varn House looked more like a floating assemblage of planes and lines, flooded with soft Florida light. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 7 Apr. 2022 The best-case scenario, then, would have the ExoMars rover launching in 2024, when Mars and Earth are once again appropriately aligned—presuming that the project is not further delayed by earthbound politics or even canceled outright. Leonard David, Scientific American, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

18 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Earthbound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earthbound. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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