An apple fell to the ground.
Mechanical problems kept the plane on the ground.
They were lying on the ground.
The flight was watched by many observers on the ground.
planting seeds in the ground
She drove a spike into the ground.
They built their house on bare ground.
We realized that we were on hallowed ground.
They built their house on high ground.
Each fall the birds return to their wintering grounds. Verb
They grounded the ship on a sandbar.
The plane was grounded by mechanical problems.
Bad weather grounded his flight.
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Now that the market has recovered the lost ground, investors are wondering whether the momentum can carry through the year-end and break out to new highs.—Sean Hanlon, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Fellow Chinstrap Penguins can also destroy or dislodge one another’s eggs as the new parents jostle for space on the overcrowded nesting ground.—Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 30 Nov. 2023 Beneath that ground is a mine that has been stagnant since the 1980s and is believed to contain one of the nation’s largest deposits of lithium, a critical ingredient in the batteries needed to power electric vehicles.—Alan Rappeport, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 The whiskey was charcoal mellowed before entering barrels, aka the Lincoln County process during which the new make spirit is filtered through ten feet of hard sugar maple charcoal made on the distillery grounds.—Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 To facilitate these foraging expeditions, a diving duck’s legs are positioned farther to the rear of their body than would be a dabbler’s, whose mid-body legs make walking on dry, soggy ground much easier and less clumsy.—M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 30 Nov. 2023 Keep an eye out for patches of ground that look starkly flat and unusually barren of flora — almost like multiple people have pitched tents there and then laid down all night.—Diana Helmuth, Outdoor Life, 29 Nov. 2023 Or the smothered ground game, which managed a mere three yards, its worst total since 2018.—Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2023 Israel has said hospitals in northern Gaza were a key target of its ground offensive, claiming they were used as militant command centers and weapons depots, which both Hamas and medical staff deny.—Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 19 Nov. 2023
Japan grounds its own Osprey aircraft following deadly US crash
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The U.S. Embassy in Japan did not immediately reply to a request for comment on Friday.—Arata Yamamoto, NBC News, 1 Dec. 2023 But untold numbers of travelers have also been impacted by the unauthorized presence of drones temporarily grounding commercial aircraft—even shutting down airports worldwide.—Jeff Wong, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Be grounded enough to put a few eggs in the defensive basket, as well.—Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 The world’s largest iceberg, which had been grounded on the seafloor since the mid-1980s, is moving away from Antarctica and picking up speed, reports BBC News’ Jonathan Amos.—Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 City guidelines generally call for the giant balloons to be grounded if there are sustained winds above 23 miles per hour, or if gusts exceed 34 m.p.h.—Winnie Hu Emma Rose Milligan, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Instead, taking a moment to gradually awaken, grounding yourself and evaluating feelings and daily goals may require a musical track mirroring your specific moment.—Gen Cleary, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2023 In the aftermath, Cruise grounded its entire fleet of robotaxis to earn the public’s trust again.—Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 Lawrence, who directed several prior films in the franchise, wanted to ensure the action in the ornate Capitol and gritty District 12 felt grounded.—Emily Zemler, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Nov. 2023
For example, try seasoning your food with garlic, ground black pepper, lemon juice or zest, balsamic vinegar, truffle oil, paprika, onions, and various herbs and spices, such as rosemary, thyme, cumin, turmeric, oregano, cumin, mint, and basil.—Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 15 Nov. 2023 Both the freshly ground and pre-ground beans produced a solidly delicious cup of coffee.—Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Nov. 2023 Add the flour, confectioners’ sugar and salt, and pulse until the nuts are very finely ground.—Genevieve Ko, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 Eighty percent of households in Britain still buy instant coffee for in-home consumption, particularly among people 65 and older, according to the British Coffee Association, though ground coffee and pods are rising in popularity, particularly among younger generations.—Megan Specia, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2023 For matcha devotees Japanese tea ceremonies use matcha, a high-quality green tea that is finely ground into powder then whisked into hot water, rather than steeped.—Sarah Rose, wsj.com, 2 Nov. 2023 The filling is usually ground lamb or beef or a combination, mixed with spices and very finely diced – or coarsely shredded – onions and tomatoes.—Reem Kassis, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023 Each calendar comes with a dozen 1.8-ounce bags—choose between either whole bean of freshly ground coffee.—Melanie Fincher, Southern Living, 23 Oct. 2023 Rub both sides of the steak with a little olive oil, then generously season it all over with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.—Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 9 Oct. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English, from Old English grund; akin to Old High German grunt ground
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a