ground

noun, often attributive
\ ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce ground (audio) \

Definition of ground

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : the surface of a planet (such as the earth or Mars)
b : an area used for a particular purpose the parade ground fishing grounds
c grounds plural : the area around and belonging to a house or other building
d : an area of knowledge or special interest covered a lot of ground in his lecture
e : an area to be won or defended in or as if in battle
2a : soil, earth
b : a special soil
3a : the bottom of a body of water
b grounds plural
(1) : ground coffee beans after brewing
4a : a basis for belief, action, or argument ground for complaint often used in pluralsufficient grounds for divorce
b(1) : a fundamental logical condition
(2) : a basic metaphysical (see metaphysical sense 2) cause
5a : an object that makes an electrical connection with the earth
b : a large conducting body (such as the earth) used as a common return for an electric circuit and as an arbitrary zero of potential
c : electric connection with a ground
6a : a surrounding area : background
b : material that serves as a substratum
7 : a football offense utilizing primarily running plays
from the ground up
1 : entirely new or afresh The car has been redesigned from the ground up.
2 : from the very beginning : thoroughly built the resort from the ground up
into the ground
: beyond what is necessary or tolerable : to exhaustion labored an issue into the groundNewsweek
off the ground
: in or as if in flight : off to a good start the program never got off the ground
on the ground
: at the scene of action
to ground
1 : into a burrow the fox went to ground
2 : into hiding … might need to make a run for it and go to ground someplace …— Edward Hoagland

ground

verb
grounded; grounding; grounds

Definition of ground (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to provide a reason or justification for our fears about technological change may be well grounded— L. K. Williams
b : to furnish with a foundation of knowledge : base an understanding … that is grounded in fact— Michael Kimmelman
2a : to cause to run aground
b : to bring to or place on the ground
3a : to restrict to the ground ground a pilot
b : to prohibit from taking part in some usual activities grounded her for a week
4 : to connect electrically with a ground
5 : to throw (a football) intentionally to the ground to avoid being tackled for a loss

intransitive verb

1 : to run aground The ship grounded on a mud bank.
2 : to hit a grounder grounded back to the pitcher
3 : to have a ground or basis : rely

ground

adjective

Definition of ground (Entry 3 of 4)

: reduced to small pieces or a powder by a grinding process ground beef ground coffee beans

ground

Definition of ground (Entry 4 of 4)

past tense and past participle of grind

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Synonyms for ground

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of ground in a Sentence

Noun An apple fell to the ground. Mechanical problems kept the plane on the ground. They were lying on the ground. The flight was watched by many observers on the ground. planting seeds in the ground She drove a spike into the ground. They built their house on bare ground. We realized that we were on hallowed ground. They built their house on high ground. Each fall the birds return to their wintering grounds. Verb They grounded the ship on a sandbar. The plane was grounded by mechanical problems. Bad weather grounded his flight. a pilot grounded by health problems
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The attack created a large hole in the ground and caused severe damage to an airport hall, according to footage from Saudi state broadcaster Al-Ekhbraiya. Mostafa Salem, CNN, "At least 22 killed in attack on Yemen's Aden airport after new government arrives," 30 Dec. 2020 The numbers backed up what was evident to the naked eye as the Saints consistently walked the Vikings’ defensive players backwards, sometimes planting them in the ground. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "The Saints rushing attack is peaking exactly when it's supposed to. 'We were all clicking'," 29 Dec. 2020 Leave every third onion in the ground to develop a full bulb by May. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: How to kill the pests eating your winter garden in San Antonio," 26 Dec. 2020 The crops on Brown's boulevard — tomatoes, cabbages, peppers, squash, broccoli and basil — are planted in burlap bags filled with soil rather than directly in the ground. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities gardeners grow food for their neighbors on city boulevards," 25 Dec. 2020 Indian Health Services hired Emerman to collect samples of soil and floodwater to determine how much lead is currently in the ground and how much floodwaters are likely to bring in. Popular Science, "Oklahoma floods are poisoning tribal lands," 23 Dec. 2020 My great-great-great grandparents are in the ground in Colma. Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, "Billions of dollars spent on fighting California wildfires, but little on prevention," 23 Dec. 2020 But the fine print of the new regulations show the Trump EPA effectively delayed lead pipe replacements for up to three decades and, in some cases, allowed cities to keep toxic pipes in the ground indefinitely. Michael Hawthorne, chicagotribune.com, "Trump EPA overhaul of lead pipe regulations allows toxic plumbing to stay in the ground in Chicago and other cities," 22 Dec. 2020 The original 1967 house sits off to one side, next to tennis courts and near an in-ground trampoline. oregonlive, "Top 10 most expensive Portland-area homes that sold in 2020: ‘More demand over $3 million’," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Britain has now ground to a halt just two days after it was revealed a variant of COVID-19 was spreading like wildfire. Imtiaz Tyab, CBS News, "At least 40 nations ban travel with Britain over new COVID-19 strain," 22 Dec. 2020 Japanese forces had been ground down by American technological superiority and the overwhelming production capacity of the U.S. war machine. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "He Escaped Death as a Kamikaze Pilot. 70 Years Later, He Told His Story.," 3 Dec. 2020 Aranya peppercorns from Diaspora Company ($12 and up) are harvested from a family farm in Kerala, India, and—upon being crushed or ground—release a floral fire and a dusky, spicy roundness that verges on intoxicating. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Just Buy Your Loved Ones Eleven Feet of Salami: A Food-Themed Gift Guide," 19 Dec. 2020 Cut trees are usually collected in early January and are ground up into compost or mulch or used in other ways. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "Holiday recycling tips, from gift wrap to gadgets," 16 Dec. 2020 For starters, Hadid didn’t wear any ol’ denim trucker jacket to ground the look. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Gives the Canadian Tuxedo a Preppy Twist," 14 Dec. 2020 But the court date kept getting delayed until March 2020, when COVID-19 hit and the courts ground to a halt. Michelle Conlin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Small-scale landlords, renters both struggling during pandemic," 8 Dec. 2020 To add fresh salt or pepper to your dish, just flip the grinder upside down and the machine will light up, beginning to dash finely ground seasoning out of the spout. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 13 best things our editors bought in 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 With counting operations all but ground to a halt in the spring, the administration asked Congress in April to extend the legal deadline for delivering reapportionment totals to April 2021, rather than Dec. 31. New York Times, "Flaws in Census Count Imperil Trump Plan to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ground

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2b

Adjective

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ground

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English grund; akin to Old High German grunt ground

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The first known use of ground was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Ground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ground. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for ground

ground

noun
How to pronounce ground (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ground

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the surface of the earth
: the soil that is on or under the surface of the earth
: an area of land

ground

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ground (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide a basis or reason for (something)
: to cause a ship or boat to hit the ground below the water so that it cannot move
: to prevent (an aircraft or a pilot) from flying

ground

noun
\ ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce ground (audio) \

Kids Definition of ground

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the surface of the earth Leaves fell to the ground.
2 : soil entry 2 sense 1, earth The beans themselves popped out of the ground.— Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie
3 : the bottom of a body of water The boat struck ground.
4 : an area of land sacred ground
5 : an area used for some purpose a hunting ground
6 grounds plural : the land around and belonging to a building the school grounds
8 : a reason for a belief, action, or argument What is the ground for your complaint?
9 : an area of knowledge We covered a lot of ground in class.
10 : a level of achievement or success The company is losing ground.
11 grounds plural : material in a liquid that settles to the bottom coffee grounds

ground

verb
grounded; grounding

Kids Definition of ground (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to provide a reason for The practices are grounded in tradition.
2 : to instruct in basic knowledge or understanding The students are well grounded in math.
3 : to run or cause to run aground ground a ship
4 : to connect electrically with the ground
5 : to prevent (a plane or pilot) from flying
6 : to prohibit from taking part in certain activities as punishment My parents grounded me for a week.

ground

Kids Definition of ground (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of grind

ground

Medical Definition of ground

past and past part of grind

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ground

noun

Legal Definition of ground

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the foundation or basis on which knowledge, belief, or conviction rests : a premise, reason, or collection of data upon which something (as a legal action or argument) relies for validity sued the city on the ground that the city…had wrongfully released…recordsCity of Lawton v. Moore, 868 P.2d 690 (1993) listed adultery and alcoholism as the grounds for divorce
2 : a piece or parcel of land the design being to create high ground for use during overflow periodsBright v. Perkins, 239 S.W.2d 281 (1951) a sudden disruption of a piece of ground from one man's landPorter v. Arkansas Western Gas Co., 482 S.W.2d 598 (1972)

Other Words from ground

groundless adjective
groundlessly adverb
groundlessness noun

Legal Definition of ground (Entry 2 of 2)

: to furnish a ground for : set on a basis that court grounded the disclosure requirement in negligence lawScott v. Bradford, 606 P.2d 554 (1979) an argument grounded on falsehoods

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