ground·​ing | \ ˈgrau̇n-diŋ How to pronounce grounding (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Indianapolis was within a touchdown late in the third quarter when Garrett pressured QB Phillip Rivers into an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone for a safety. Joe Noga, cleveland, "Here’s how the Cleveland Browns reached the 2021 NFL Playoffs: Their journey week by week," 6 Jan. 2021 Such issues were at the heart of Boeing’s MAX crisis, which resulted in global grounding of the fleet for some 20 months. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Congress Raises Standards for Assessing New Airliner Designs," 22 Dec. 2020 An intentional grounding call stalled a promising Pickens County drive on its next possession and two sacks forced a punt from Linden on the Patriots’ ensuing drive. Evan Dudley, al, "Linden dominates Pickens County with 32-8 win in Class 1A title game," 4 Dec. 2020 Montgomery was able to parlay his claim into millions of dollars in government security contracts, and his warnings once led to an apparently baseless grounding of airline flights in 2003. John D'anna, The Arizona Republic, "Man behind vote fraud conspiracy theory previously pushed debunked info with CIA, Joe Arpaio," 13 Nov. 2020 The airline has one of the largest 737 Max fleets in the U.S., with 24 planes at the time of the aircraft's grounding in March 2019. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Boeing 737 Max returns to US skies with first commercial flight on American Airlines," 30 Dec. 2020 Mayfield’s most important throw might have been on third-and-12 with 8:29 left in the third quarter after the intentional grounding penalty. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Kareem Hunt loves football and more observations rewatching Sunday’s Browns win," 10 Dec. 2020 The Bruins committed their own blunder three plays later when Thompson-Robinson was called for an intentional grounding penalty while under pressure in the end zone, resulting in a safety that shaved the Bruins’ advantage to 17-12. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA scores on late drive to beat Arizona State, giving Chip Kelly first winning record with the Bruins," 5 Dec. 2020 No pollution was released into the water as a result of the freighter's grounding. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Nearly 500-foot freighter runs aground in Detroit River near Grosse Ile," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

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“Grounding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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