\ ˈərth How to pronounce earth (audio) \

Definition of earth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
3a : 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
5a : 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 thereal suede, which costs the earth to clean— Joanne Winship
on earth
used as an intensiveto find out what on earth he was up to— Michael Holroyd


earthed; earthing; earths

Definition of earth (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to drive to hiding in the earth
2 : to draw soil about (plants) often used with up
3 chiefly British : ground sense 4

intransitive verb

of a hunted animal : to hide in the ground

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earthlike \ ˈərth-​ˌlīk How to pronounce earthlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for earth

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of earth in a Sentence

Noun The moisture will eventually fall to earth in the form of rain or snow. We could feel the earth shake.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Step into nature, hike, perhaps try earthing (which is a practice of removing your shoes and walking on the earth to help rid you of stresses or clear your mind). Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "How to Be More Spiritual in 2020," 14 Jan. 2020 The outer cylinder is earthed while the inner one is not, creating a capacitor. The Economist, "How to wring power from the night air," 1 Aug. 2019 Practitioner John Manning will discuss earthing on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 9 Jan. 2018 When the aerial is earthed, part of the carrier wave will be absorbed. The Economist, "Wireless dataA clever way to transmit data on the cheap," 13 Sep. 2017 But Truth in Advertising, a consumer advocacy group, cited earthing in a database of 50-some instances in which Goop promoted unsubstantiated products or claims. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "In Goop We Trust?," 12 Sep. 2017 Inside, the château is an equal marvel, perfectly restored and filled with contemporary art and, for balance, fragments of a meteorite that fell to earth 200 million years ago. Jon Maksik, Condé Nast Traveler, "Domaine des Etangs: A Memorable Stay at a French Château," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of earth


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1575, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for earth


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

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The first known use of earth was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Earth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of earth

: the planet on which we live
: land as opposed to the sea, the air, etc.
: the material in which plants grow


\ ˈərth How to pronounce earth (audio) \

Kids Definition of earth

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

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