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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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 With such an extensive grounding, Eisner doesn’t so much document his subject as inhabit it. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Neruda' plumbs the man behind the legend," 10 Apr. 2018 One reason the administration’s trade warriors are sticking to their guns is a grounding belief that China is more vulnerable than the United States. Evan Horowitz,, "There are no bullets or bombs, but trade wars have real casualties," 6 July 2018 Inclusivity, a nascent trend among beauty brands of late, has always been the grounding philosophy of the company. Jasmine Sanders, The Cut, "How to Look Perfect in the Summer," 21 June 2018 This six-week introductory course provides a solid grounding in the Atelier method and teaches students to experience drawing and painting from the beginning. Sarah Bonnette,, "Artscape: Busy spring showcases arts culture on the North Shore," 1 June 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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