adjective Date: 1907 markedly innovative <
has written a groundbreaking work

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  • groundbreaking — ground break ing n. The ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project. It is sometimes carried out by an official who digs the first spadeful of dirt from the ground, to begin the preparatory excavation work. Syn:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • groundbreaking — [ground′brāk΄iŋ] adj. 1. designating or of the ceremony of breaking ground, as for a new building 2. pioneering n. a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building groundbreaker n …   English World dictionary

  • groundbreaking — 1907 as a figurative adjective, from expression to break ground, either for planting or for building; see GROUND (Cf. ground) (n.) + BREAK (Cf. break) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • groundbreaking — [adj] pioneering avant garde, cutting edge, innovating, innovative, leadingedge, radical, revolutionary, spearheading, trailblazing, trendsetting; concepts 529,578,589,797 …   New thesaurus

  • Groundbreaking — Ground breaking ceremony for Hunts Point produce market, New York City, 1962 External images …   Wikipedia

  • groundbreaking — [[t]gra͟ʊndbreɪkɪŋ[/t]] also ground breaking ADJ: usu ADJ n You use groundbreaking to describe things which you think are significant because they provide new and positive ideas, and influence the way people think about things. ...his… …   English dictionary

  • groundbreaking — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun Groundbreaking is used before these nouns: ↑ceremony {{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}} adj. Groundbreaking is used with these nouns: ↑report, ↑research, ↑work …   Collocations dictionary

  • groundbreaking — ground|break|ing [ˈgraundˌbreıkıŋ] adj groundbreaking work involves making new discoveries, using new methods etc ▪ groundbreaking research …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • groundbreaking — /grownd bray king/, n. 1. the act or ceremony of breaking ground for a new construction project. adj. 2. of or pertaining to such a ceremony. 3. originating or pioneering a new endeavor, field of inquiry, or the like: Pasteur s groundbreaking… …   Universalium

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