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Meaning & Definition of Ground in English

English

Ground

/graʊnd/

noun

1. The solid part of the earth's surface

  • "The plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land"
  • "The earth shook for several minutes"
  • "He dropped the logs on the ground"
    synonym:
  • land
  • ,
  • dry land
  • ,
  • earth
  • ,
  • ground
  • ,
  • solid ground
  • ,
  • terra firma

2. A rational motive for a belief or action

  • "The reason that war was declared"
  • "The grounds for their declaration"
    synonym:
  • reason
  • ,
  • ground

3. The loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface

  • "They dug into the earth outside the church"
    synonym:
  • earth
  • ,
  • ground

4. A relation that provides the foundation for something

  • "They were on a friendly footing"
  • "He worked on an interim basis"
    synonym:
  • footing
  • ,
  • basis
  • ,
  • ground

5. A position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)

  • "They gained ground step by step"
  • "They fought to regain the lost ground"
    synonym:
  • ground

6. The part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground

  • "He posed her against a background of rolling hills"
    synonym:
  • background
  • ,
  • ground

7. Material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)

  • "The land had never been plowed"
  • "Good agricultural soil"
    synonym:
  • land
  • ,
  • ground
  • ,
  • soil

8. A relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused

    synonym:
  • ground

9. A connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)

    synonym:
  • ground
  • ,
  • earth

10. (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting

    synonym:
  • ground

11. The first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface

    synonym:
  • flat coat
  • ,
  • ground
  • ,
  • primer
  • ,
  • priming
  • ,
  • primer coat
  • ,
  • priming coat
  • ,
  • undercoat

verb

1. Fix firmly and stably

  • "Anchor the lamppost in concrete"
    synonym:
  • anchor
  • ,
  • ground

2. Confine or restrict to the ground

  • "After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot"
    synonym:
  • ground

3. Place or put on the ground

    synonym:
  • ground

4. Instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject

    synonym:
  • ground

5. Bring to the ground

  • "The storm grounded the ship"
    synonym:
  • ground
  • ,
  • strand
  • ,
  • run aground

6. Hit or reach the ground

    synonym:
  • ground
  • ,
  • run aground

7. Throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage

    synonym:
  • ground

8. Hit a groundball

  • "He grounded to the second baseman"
    synonym:
  • ground

9. Hit onto the ground

    synonym:
  • ground

10. Cover with a primer

  • Apply a primer to
    synonym:
  • prime
  • ,
  • ground
  • ,
  • undercoat

11. Connect to a ground

  • "Ground the electrical connections for safety reasons"
    synonym:
  • ground

12. Use as a basis for

  • Found on
  • "Base a claim on some observation"
    synonym:
  • establish
  • ,
  • base
  • ,
  • ground
  • ,
  • found

Examples of using

This coat is so long it reaches the ground.
Let the ground be wool to you, father!
The tree fell to the ground.