Ground Definition

ground
grounded, grounds
noun
grounds
The lowest part, base, or bottom of anything.
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The surface of the earth, specif. the solid surface.
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The bottom of a body of water.
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The soil of the earth; earth; land.
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Any particular piece of land; esp., one set aside for a specified purpose.
A hunting ground.
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verb
grounded, grounds
To set on, or cause to touch, the ground.
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To found on a firm basis; establish.
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To be put out on a grounder.
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To provide with a background.
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To throw an incomplete pass intentionally, to avoid being sacked.
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adjective
Of, on, or near the ground.
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Growing or living in or on the ground.
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Designating the part of the offensive game plan using running plays.
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The definition of ground refers to being cut up into small pieces or into a powder.
An example of ground are the powdery structure of spices after they have been crushed into particles.
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Processed by grinding.
Lenses of ground glass.
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idiom
drive
  • To belabor (an issue or a subject).
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from the ground up
  • 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.

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off the ground
  • Under way, as if in flight:

    Because of legal difficulties, the construction project never got off the ground.

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on (one's) own ground
  • In a situation where one has knowledge or competence:

    a sculptor back on her own ground after experiments with painting.

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on the ground
  • At a place that is exciting, interesting, or important:

    a reporter who wanted to be on the ground when the story broke.

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Origin of Ground

  • From Old English grund, from Proto-Germanic *grunduz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰr̥mtu-. Cognate with West Frisian grûn, Dutch grond and German Grund. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian grundë (“brittle earth”) and gryej (“to erode, crumble”).

    From Wiktionary

  • inflected form of grind See also milled.

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  • Middle English from Old English grund

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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