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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The extended grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max jets has forced them to rejigger their schedules — and even cancel some routes. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "The grounding of the Boeing 737 Max jet and summer storms have affected travel on American and other airlines.," 28 Aug. 2019 The grounding of Boeing's 737 Max jet—whose fuel efficiency is especially popular with low-cost carriers in competitive markets—is the focus of this earnings season, as is the lingering financial pain the crisis is likely to cause. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "It’s a Cruel Summer for Europe’s Discount Airlines—Not Just Because of Boeing," 31 July 2019 Michael O’Leary, the boss of Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost airline, said that around 900 jobs might be shed, including 500 pilots, in part because the grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft has caused Ryanair to cut flights. The Economist, "Business this week," 3 Aug. 2019 American Airlines said Thursday that the long grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets will cut its pretax earnings for 2019 by about $400 million, including $175 million in the second quarter., "American Airlines says 737 Max groundings will cost it $400 million," 25 July 2019 American Airlines, also on Wednesday, said the grounding of the 737 Max would cut its profits by $400 million. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Southwest Airlines Ending Flights to Newark," 25 July 2019 Boeing said Thursday the grounding of its 737 Max jets would reduce its revenue and earnings by $5.6 billion in the second quarter, the largest financial impact of two deadly crashes of the jetliner so far. Washington Post, "737 Max woes to slash Boeing profit, revenue," 19 July 2019 The grounding of the 737 MAX has hit Boeing ’s business for example, and analysts polled by FactSet estimate its net income fell by nearly half, or about $1 billion, in the second quarter from a year earlier. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "After Fed Euphoria, Weak Earnings Could Bring Down the Mood," 12 July 2019 The grounding of the MAX has entered its 15th week. Anchorage Daily News, "The inside story of MCAS: How Boeing’s 737 MAX system gained power and lost safeguards," 13 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of grounding

1644, in the meaning defined above

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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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