ground floor


Definition of ground floor

1 : the floor of a building most nearly on a level with the ground — compare first floor
2 : a favorable position or privileged opportunity usually obtained by early participants used especially in the phrase in on the ground floor

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On the ground floor, Prager and her assistants had remade a shop’s windows into those of an electronics store called Eddie’s, complete with nineties-era cassette boom boxes and clock radios. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, "Alex Prager is a photographer and filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles.," 1 Sep. 2019 The variance request, filed with the city earlier this summer under the name X Houston, described the project as a mixed-use high-rise with a pedestrian-friendly design on the ground floor. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Residential tower proposed for Museum District stalls," 30 Aug. 2019 But in Google’s vision, riders will emerge from the station not into the current drab expanse of flat parking lots but into a bustling plaza lined with new office buildings anchored by cafes and shops on the ground floor to draw people in. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Google unveils its vision for downtown San Jose transit village," 23 Aug. 2019 The building would include retail and restaurant space on the ground floor. Dallas News, "Tax incentives could kickstart Fort Worth's first new residential high-rise in 30 years," 21 Aug. 2019 For example, in the event of fire, elevator cabs are automated to come to a stop on the ground floor to let passengers out. William Thornton |, al, "The up-and-down life of an Alabama elevator inspector," 10 Aug. 2019 The project also includes 8,000 square feet of shops on the ground floor. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Apartments alongside Pompano marina to be built at Harbourside at Hidden Harbour," 22 July 2019 There will be 3,500 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. Anna Beahm |,, "New Ideal changes loft plans," 16 July 2019 Two are on the ground floor, and the upstairs door on the left used to lead to a porch roof that's no longer there. Mark Curnutte,, "4 addresses in 4 months: This is what poverty looks like for this Cincinnati family," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of ground floor

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ground floor

: the floor of a building that is at ground level

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