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

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As the public came to depend on the grounding wisdom of his saxophone sound in the late 1950s and ’60s, Coltrane kept shifting and expanding it. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Lost John Coltrane Recording From 1963 Will Be Released at Last," 7 June 2018 Three other airports, the U.K.'s Gatwick and Heathrow, and Newark International in New Jersey, have all experienced the sudden grounding of flights due to unauthorized drone activity in recent months. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Rogue Drone Sighting Shut Down All Fights at Dubai International," 15 Feb. 2019 But the Panthers took issue with another call a few plays later – an intentional grounding on Cam Newton when the quarterback was under heavy pressure. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Officiating decisions in the final 2 minutes vs. Saints? Panthers’ Ron Rivera has questions," 8 Jan. 2018 In another small study of adults, one two-hour session of grounding reduced inflammation and improved blood flow. Carrie Dennett,, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018 Mitchell estimated that the grounding of vessels has cost the city’s businesses about $500,000 a day. Danny Mcdonald And John R. Ellement,, "In civil action, feds seeks new penalties for New Bedford fishing mogul," 12 Jan. 2018 Mexico is something of a reboot (and cleverly requires no grounding in what’s come before). Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "The Last Kingdom," 21 Nov. 2018 Groening and his team just don’t seem to have a good grounding in fantasy tropes or history in the same way they’re grounded in mainstream social issues. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Disenchantment lacks the magic of Netflix’s other animated originals," 7 Aug. 2018 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

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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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