ground
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English grund; akin to Old High German grunt ground Date: before 12th century 1. a. the bottom of a body of water b. plural (1) sediment 1 (2) ground coffee beans after brewing 2. a. a basis for belief, action, or argument <
ground for complaint
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— often used in plural <
sufficient grounds for divorce
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b. (1) a fundamental logical condition (2) a basic metaphysical cause 3. a. a surrounding area ; background b. material that serves as a substratum 4. a. the surface of the earth b. an area used for a particular purpose <
the parade ground
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<
fishing grounds
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c. plural the area around and belonging to a house or other building d. an area to be won or defended in or as if in battle e. an area of knowledge or special interest <
covered a lot of ground in his lecture
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5. a. soil, earth b. a special soil 6. a. an object that makes an electrical connection with the earth b. a large conducting body (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 7. a football offense utilizing primarily running plays II. verb Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to bring to or place on the ground b. to cause to run aground 2. a. to provide a reason or justification for <
our fears about technological change may be well grounded — L. K. Williams
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b. to furnish with a foundation of knowledge ; base <
an understanding…that is grounded in fact — Michael Kimmelman
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3. to connect electrically with a ground 4. a. to restrict to the ground <
ground a pilot
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b. to prohibit from taking part in some usual activities <
grounded her for a week
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5. to throw (a football) intentionally to the ground to avoid being tackled for a loss intransitive verb 1. to have a ground or basis ; rely 2. to run aground 3. to hit a grounder <
grounded back to the pitcher
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III. past and past participle of grind

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  • ground — (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of the earth; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ground — ground1 [ground] n. [ME grund < OE, ground, bottom, akin to Ger grund, ON grunnr: for IE base see GRIND] 1. a) Obs. the lowest part, base, or bottom of anything b) the bottom of a body of water 2. the surface of the earth, specif. the solid… …   English World dictionary

  • ground — [1] ► NOUN 1) the solid surface of the earth. 2) land of a specified kind: marshy ground. 3) an area of land or sea with a specified use: fishing grounds. 4) (grounds) an area of enclosed land surrounding a large house. 5) (grounds …   English terms dictionary

  • ground — 1 n 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… …   Law dictionary

  • Ground — may refer to: * The surface of the Earth * Soil, a mixture of sand and organic material present on the surface of the Earth * Ground (electricity), in electrical engineering, something that is connected to the Earth or at the voltage defined as… …   Wikipedia

  • ground — (ground), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {grounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {grounding}.] 1. To lay, set, or run, on the ground. [1913 Webster] 2. To found; to fix or set, as on a foundation, reason, or principle; to furnish a ground for; to fix firmly. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ground — ground, imp. & p. p. of {Grind}. [1913 Webster] {ground cock}, a cock, the plug of which is ground into its seat, as distinguished from a compression cock. Knight.{Ground glass}, glass the transparency of which has been destroyed by having its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ground — s.n. (Sport; rar) Teren de joc. [pron. graund. / < engl. ground]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 20.04.2005. Sursa: DN  GROUND /gráund/ s. n. 1. Teren de sport, gazonat. 2. (muz.) Basso ostinato. Din engl. Ground Trimis de bla …   Dicționar Român

  • ground — ground, grounds Both the singular and the plural are used in the expressions on the ground (or grounds) that, and grounds is more common in the expression grounds for (complaint etc.): • Occupations that various insurance companies consider to be …   Modern English usage

  • ground — [n] earth, land arena, dirt, dust, field, landscape, loam, old sod, park, real estate, sand, sod, soil, terra firma, terrain, turf; concept 509 Ant. heavens, sky ground [v1] base, set; educate acquaint, bottom, coach, discipline, establish,… …   New thesaurus

  • ground — ground, v. i. To run aground; to strike the bottom and remain fixed; as, the ship grounded on the bar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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