An example of Earth is the third planet from the sun.
An example of Earth is the dirt or mud in your garden.
The earth received the news with joy.
She sighed when the plane's wheels finally touched earth.
That noise is because the amplifier is not properly earthed.
- Among all the possibilities:.Why on earth did you put on that outfit?.
- To stop being impractical; return to reality.
- Practical; realistic.
- Sincere; without affectation.
- To go into hiding.
- Of all things.What on earth do you mean?.
- To hunt down.
- To find by search.
Origin of earth
- Middle English erthe from Old English eorthe er-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English erthe, from Old English eorþe (“earth, ground, soil, dry land”), from Proto-Germanic *erþō (“earth, ground, soil”) (compare West Frisian ierde, Low German Er(de)/Ir(de), Dutch aarde, German Erde, Danish jord), related to *erwōn 'earth' (compare Old High German ero, perhaps Old Norse jǫrfi 'gravel'), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁er- (compare Ancient Greek *ἔρα (*era) in ἔραζε (eraze, “on the ground”), perhaps Tocharian B yare 'gravel'; probably unrelated though of unknown etymology: Old Armenian երկիր (erkir, “earth”)). The phonologically similar Proto-Semitic *ʾarṣ́- and its reflexes (Arabic أَرْضٌ (ʾarḍ), Hebrew אֶרֶץ (ʾereṣ)) are probably not related.
- From Old English eorþe.