ground

noun, often attributive
\ ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce ground (audio) \

Definition of ground

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the bottom of a body of water

b grounds plural

(2) : ground coffee beans after brewing
2a : a basis for belief, action, or argument ground for complaint often used in plural sufficient grounds for divorce
b(1) : a fundamental logical condition
(2) : a basic metaphysical (see metaphysical sense 2) cause
3a : a surrounding area : background
b : material that serves as a substratum
4a : the surface of a planet (such as the earth or Mars)
b : an area used for a particular purpose the parade ground fishing grounds
c grounds plural : the area around and belonging to a house or other building
d : an area to be won or defended in or as if in battle
e : an area of knowledge or special interest covered a lot of ground in his lecture
5a : soil, earth
b : a special soil
6a : an object that makes an electrical connection with the earth
b : a large conducting body (such as the earth) used as a common return for an electric circuit and as an arbitrary zero of potential
c : electric connection with a ground
7 : a football offense utilizing primarily running plays
from the ground up
1 : entirely new or afresh The car has been redesigned from the ground up.
2 : from the very beginning : thoroughly built the resort from the ground up
into the ground
: beyond what is necessary or tolerable : to exhaustion labored an issue into the groundNewsweek
off the ground
: in or as if in flight : off to a good start the program never got off the ground
on the ground
: at the scene of action
to ground
1 : into a burrow the fox went to ground
2 : into hiding might need to make a run for it and go to ground someplace— Edward Hoagland

ground

verb
grounded; grounding; grounds

Definition of ground (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to bring to or place on the ground
b : to cause to run aground
2a : to provide a reason or justification for our fears about technological change may be well grounded— L. K. Williams
b : to furnish with a foundation of knowledge : base an understanding … that is grounded in fact— Michael Kimmelman
3 : to connect electrically with a ground
4a : to restrict to the ground ground a pilot
b : to prohibit from taking part in some usual activities grounded her for a week
5 : to throw (a football) intentionally to the ground to avoid being tackled for a loss

intransitive verb

1 : to have a ground or basis : rely
2 : to run aground The ship grounded on a mud bank.
3 : to hit a grounder grounded back to the pitcher

ground

Definition of ground (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of grind

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Synonyms for ground

Synonyms: Noun

demesne, park, premises (also premisses), yard

Synonyms: Verb

base, hang, predicate, rest

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Examples of ground in a Sentence

Noun

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. a pilot grounded by health problems
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Press your heels firmly into the ground, and lift your tailbone toward the sky. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "12 Yoga Poses for Climbers to Do Daily," 9 Aug. 2019 While the Reds' first XI is as good as any, perhaps a little squad depth is needed for a side that ran themselves into the ground for European glory last season. SI.com, "One Thing Learned About Every Premier League Team From Pre-Season," 9 Aug. 2019 The drone, which was first spotted in the wild this past January, is designed support manned aircraft by striking at targets on the ground. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Russia's New Strike Drone Take Its Flight Flight," 9 Aug. 2019 The woman was not complying with officers’ commands to sit on the ground and identify herself. cleveland.com, "Man dragging drunken woman just trying to get her home: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 9 Aug. 2019 Officers who reviewed video of the incident later told Allison the dog was running loose with its leash dangling on the ground. Pete Grieve, SFChronicle.com, "BART officer shoots dog near Market Street; accounts differ on whether animal was on leash," 9 Aug. 2019 Make a few holes or a crack in the clay so rainwater can seep into the ground and reach the layer of rock. Scientific American, "Weathering Rocks," 8 Aug. 2019 An attorney for the Montana man accused of slamming a 13-year-old boy’s head into the ground for not removing his hat during the national anthem says President Trump’s rhetoric is partially to blame for his client’s actions. Michael Brice-saddler, BostonGlobe.com, "Man claims President Trump inspired him to attack 13-year-old who wore hat during national anthem, lawyer says," 8 Aug. 2019 Rosselló’s pro-statehood New Progressive Party and its rival, the anti-statehood Popular Democratic Party, both bear much blame for driving the US territory’s economy into the ground while doing little to ease widespread poverty. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "No one knows who will be in charge of Puerto Rico," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Former teen heroes reunite after the death of their adoptive father, a billionaire who trained them to hone their superpowers against evil but failed to ground them with any sort of paternal affection. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Superheroes behaving badly: 12 crusading TV series target mature audiences," 4 Aug. 2019 Santander then turned on a slider that was inside and below the strike zone, grounding it just inside third base for a double that moved Alberto to third. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Orioles come back to take one from Padres," 30 July 2019 In one contretemps, Mr. Kraft regarded Scott Carpenter, one of America’s original astronauts, as insubordinate on a Mercury flight and grounded him permanently. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Christopher Kraft, NASA’s Face and Voice of Mission Control, Dies at 95," 22 July 2019 According to Foles, none of that would have happened if not for his determination to ground himself in his faith, family and strict mental and physical health regiments. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "As his Jaguars chapter begins, QB Nick Foles focuses on physical, spiritual health," 21 July 2019 American had 24 Boeing 737 Max jets when the FAA grounded them, but were expected to take another 40 for delivery in 2019, according to SEC filings. Dallas News, "Southwest Airlines puts new pilot training, promotions on hold with 737 Max still grounded," 15 July 2019 Matching the vibes of the room, Lauren Nash of Black Girl in Om led a moving meditation encouraging the room to ground themselves and remember the unconditional love in their lives. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "Lauren Nash of 'Black Girl in Om' Brings a Moment of Meditation to ESSENCE Festival," 7 July 2019 The hourlong class, led by Amy Castillo of The Quantum Yurt & Healing, is held for students to ground themselves and set intentions for the coming week. Ellen Banner, The Seattle Times, "Baby’s rockin’ it at yoga by the beach," 2 July 2019 Pixar made its name by taking wild scenarios that could only happen in animation — toys wake up, bugs have a secret society, there are monsters in the closet, etc. — and grounding them in old-fashioned, classic Hollywood storytelling. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of ground

Noun

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

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for ground

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English grund; akin to Old High German grunt ground

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ground

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ground

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the surface of the earth
: the soil that is on or under the surface of the earth
: an area of land

ground

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ground (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide a basis or reason for (something)
: to cause a ship or boat to hit the ground below the water so that it cannot move
: to prevent (an aircraft or a pilot) from flying

ground

noun
\ ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce ground (audio) \

Kids Definition of ground

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the surface of the earth Leaves fell to the ground.
2 : soil entry 2 sense 1, earth The beans themselves popped out of the ground.— Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie
3 : the bottom of a body of water The boat struck ground.
4 : an area of land sacred ground
5 : an area used for some purpose a hunting ground
6 grounds plural : the land around and belonging to a building the school grounds
8 : a reason for a belief, action, or argument What is the ground for your complaint?
9 : an area of knowledge We covered a lot of ground in class.
10 : a level of achievement or success The company is losing ground.
11 grounds plural : material in a liquid that settles to the bottom coffee grounds

ground

verb
grounded; grounding

Kids Definition of ground (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to provide a reason for The practices are grounded in tradition.
2 : to instruct in basic knowledge or understanding The students are well grounded in math.
3 : to run or cause to run aground ground a ship
4 : to connect electrically with the ground
5 : to prevent (a plane or pilot) from flying
6 : to prohibit from taking part in certain activities as punishment My parents grounded me for a week.

ground

Kids Definition of ground (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of grind

ground

Medical Definition of ground

past and past part of grind

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ground

noun

Legal Definition of ground

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the foundation or basis on which knowledge, belief, or conviction rests : a premise, reason, or collection of data upon which something (as a legal action or argument) relies for validity sued the city on the ground that the city…had wrongfully released…recordsCity of Lawton v. Moore, 868 P.2d 690 (1993) listed adultery and alcoholism as the grounds for divorce
2 : a piece or parcel of land the design being to create high ground for use during overflow periodsBright v. Perkins, 239 S.W.2d 281 (1951) a sudden disruption of a piece of ground from one man's landPorter v. Arkansas Western Gas Co., 482 S.W.2d 598 (1972)

Other Words from ground

groundless adjective
groundlessly adverb
groundlessness noun

Legal Definition of ground (Entry 2 of 2)

: to furnish a ground for : set on a basis that court grounded the disclosure requirement in negligence lawScott v. Bradford, 606 P.2d 554 (1979) an argument grounded on falsehoods

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