ground·​ing | \ˈgrau̇n-diŋ \

Definition of grounding 

: training or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge

Examples of grounding in a Sentence

The job requires a thorough grounding in the history of the region. classes that give students a good moral grounding

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Many times my white colleagues don’t have the same grounding or sensibilities. Glamour, "Follow Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Summit Live," 11 Nov. 2018 The grounding comes amid a debate over the reliability and safety of U.S. military aircraft. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Pentagon Grounds F-35 Fleet After Crash," 11 Oct. 2018 The Pentagon office overseeing the fighter program linked the grounding to the F-35’s first crash last month in September. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire U.S. F-35 Fleet Is on Worldwide Stand Down," 11 Oct. 2018 Daisy’s Jewish life has had less context, less grounding. Peggy Orenstein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why I Took My Daughter to Auschwitz," 11 Oct. 2018 The storm is the fourth nor’easter to paralyze travel all along the corridor this month, with high winds shutting down bridges, grounding flights and disrupting train service from Washington to Boston. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Spring snowstorm snarls air travel in the Northeast," 21 Mar. 2018 Rather than worrying about robo-taxis, groups around the world are working on making ships—large and small—self-piloting, which could save fuel, prevent expensive accidents and groundings, and relieve crews of some of mundanity of life on the water. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Forget Robo-Cars and Hit the Water on an Autonomous Boat," 28 May 2018 Evan Gattis twice was the culprit, popping up in the first after a walk to Altuve and a Gurriel base hit and grounding into a double play in the third after one-out walks to Altuve and Gurriel. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Yuli Gurriel's walkoff single sends Astros past White Sox," 5 July 2018 Lastly, there’s news fabrication, the definition of fake news which swirled prominently around the 2016 U.S. presidential election in reference to pieces with no factual grounding that attempted to pass as legitimate news items. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "The Age-Old Problem of “Fake News”," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of grounding

1644, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grounding was in 1644

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English Language Learners Definition of grounding

: training or instruction that gives someone basic knowledge of a particular subject

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