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 Parts of the story can lean into the fantastical, but Herbers, with her expressive eyes and cool dialogue delivery, is a grounding constant. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Stumptown,' 'Evil' and 'Emergence' are the three broadcast shows worth your time," 19 Nov. 2019 The groundings and the failure to get many new orders for new planes has cut at least $225 million from the airline’s operating income and caused tens of thousands of flight cancellations. Jef Feeley, Fortune, "Boeing Directors Sued for Rushing 737 Max 8 to Market," 18 Nov. 2019 The crashes forced the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max fleet around the world. Aya Batrawy,, "Boeing lands order for 10 of its grounded 737 Max jets, but Airbus outpacing it at Dubai Airshow," 18 Nov. 2019 Public perception about the MAX and Boeing's trustworthiness seemed to calcify within weeks after the MAX's grounding. Anchorage Daily News, "As Boeing’s 737 MAX nears a return to service, will flyers return to it?," 17 Nov. 2019 About 70% of airlines and lessors surveyed by Citi Research said groundings caused by engine issues were a key concern. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Are Passenger Jet Engines Hitting Their Technical Limits?," 13 Nov. 2019 The move by India’s regulator is another headache for Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., which has endured delivery delays and groundings in India. Stephen Singer,, "Pratt & Whitney faces more trouble as India’s regulator orders fix to Airbus engines by Jan. 31 or be grounded," 1 Nov. 2019 But criminal inquiries tend to require better grounding than this. The Economist, "The Justice Department opens a criminal investigation into itself," 31 Oct. 2019 One technique, called grounding, involves focusing on an object or my breathing. Weng Ian Cheong,, "It Took 2 Years of Suffering Panic Attacks Before I Finally Sought Help for My Anxiety," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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29 Nov 2019

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“Grounding.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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