An example of ground is the first class in a set course of several classes.
An example of ground is dirt.
An example of ground are the powdery structure of spices after they have been crushed into particles.
An example of ground is the action by a grinder to cut up the coffee particles used to brew coffee.
An example of ground is to tell an aircraft pilot that his plane cannot take off until the fog lifts.
A burial ground; parade grounds.
A ground of white paint under the mural.
Level the ground for a lawn.
A guesthouse on the grounds of the mansion.
The soldiers held their ground against the enemy. Character witnesses helped the defendant stand her ground in the trial.
Grounds for suspicion; a ground for divorce.
The professor covered new ground in every lecture.
Grounded to the second baseman.
Arguments covering the same ground.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 23, The Mirror and the Lamp.If the afternoon was fine they strolled together in the park, very slowly, and with pauses to draw breath wherever the ground sloped upward. The slightest effort made the patient cough.
- 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52.From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts.
Crimson flowers on a white ground.
If you don't clean your room, I'll be forced to ground you.
Carla, you are grounded until further notice for lying to us about where you were yesterday.
My kids are currently grounded from television.
Jim was grounded in maths.
The ship grounded on the bar.
Ground mustard seed.
Lenses of ground glass.
- To belabor (an issue or a subject).
- From the most basic level to the highest level; completely:.Designed the house from the ground up; learned the family business from the ground up.
- Under way, as if in flight:.Because of legal difficulties, the construction project never got off the ground.
- In a situation where one has knowledge or competence:.A sculptor back on her own ground after experiments with painting.
- At a place that is exciting, interesting, or important:.A reporter who wanted to be on the ground when the story broke.
- Into a den or burrow:.A fox going to ground.
- Into hiding.
- To dig; excavate.
- To plow.
- To start building.
- To start any undertaking.
- To innovate or pioneer.
- To move or traverse a certain distance.
- To make a certain amount of progress.
- To deprive someone of effective defense or argument.
- From the first or elementary principles, methods, etc. to the last or most advanced; completely; thoroughly.
- To move forward.
- To make progress.
- To gain in strength, extent, popularity, etc.
- To get (something) started; begin or cause to begin to make progress.
- To withdraw under attack; retreat; yield.
- To go into hiding or seclusion.
- To keep one's position against attack or opposition; not withdraw or retreat.
- To drop back; fall behind.
- To lose in strength, extent, popularity, etc.
- To reduce the distance by which one has fallen behind.
- In a situation requiring tact.
- In a safe situation.
- Firmly supported by facts or evidence.
- Dealing with a situation or subject that one knows well.
- At home.
- At the site of the action.Wartime journalists on the ground.
- Under practical conditions; in actual practice.
- To do too long or too often; overdo.
- To mismanage to the point of ruin or near-ruin; destroy.
- To change one's argument or defense.
- To suit completely.
- Plentiful; common.
- Scarce; uncommon.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of ground
- Middle English from Old English grund
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition