Definition of Ground in English :

Define Ground in English

Ground meaning in English

Meaning of Ground in English

Pronunciation of Ground in English

Ground pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of ground


1. dry land, earth, ground, land, solid ground, terra firma

the solid part of the earth's surface

Example Sentences:
'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'

2. ground, reason

a rational motive for a belief or action

Example Sentences:
'the reason that war was declared'
'the grounds for their declaration'

3. earth, ground

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

Example Sentences:
'they dug into the earth outside the church'

4. basis, footing, ground

a relation that provides the foundation for something

Example Sentences:
'they were on a friendly footing'
'he worked on an interim basis'

5. ground

a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)

Example Sentences:
'they gained ground step by step'
'they fought to regain the lost ground'

6. background, ground

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

Example Sentences:
'he posed her against a background of rolling hills'

7. ground, land, soil

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

Example Sentences:
'the land had never been plowed'
'good agricultural soil'

8. ground

a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused

9. earth, ground

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

10. ground

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

11. flat coat, ground, primer, primer coat, priming, priming coat, undercoat

the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface


12. anchor, ground

fix firmly and stably

Example Sentences:
'anchor the lamppost in concrete'

13. ground

confine or restrict to the ground

Example Sentences:
'After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot'

14. ground

place or put on the ground

15. ground

instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject

16. ground, run aground, strand

bring to the ground

Example Sentences:
'the storm grounded the ship'

17. ground, run aground

hit or reach the ground

18. ground

throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage

19. ground

hit a groundball

Example Sentences:
'he grounded to the second baseman'

20. ground

hit onto the ground

21. ground, prime, undercoat

cover with a primer; apply a primer to

22. ground

connect to a ground

Example Sentences:
'ground the electrical connections for safety reasons'

23. base, establish, found, ground

use as a basis for; found on

Example Sentences:
'base a claim on some observation'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of ground
the land surface
earth or soil
he dug into the ground outside his house
3. (plural)
the land around a dwelling house or other building
4. (sometimes plural)
an area of land given over to a purpose
football ground
burial grounds
land having a particular characteristic
level ground
high ground
matter for consideration or debate; field of research or inquiry
the lecture was familiar ground to him
the report covered a lot of ground
a position or viewpoint, as in an argument or controversy (esp in the phrases give ground, hold, stand, or shift one's ground)
position or advantage, as in a subject or competition (esp in the phrases gain ground, lose ground, etc)
9. (often plural)
reason; justification
grounds for complaint
10. arts
the prepared surface applied to the support of a painting, such as a wall, canvas, etc, to prevent it reacting with or absorbing the paint
the support of a painting
the background of a painting or main surface against which the other parts of a work of art appear superimposed
the first coat of paint applied to a surface
(as modifier)
ground colour
the bottom of a river or the sea
13. (plural)
sediment or dregs, esp from coffee
14. mainly British
the floor of a room
15. cricket
the area from the popping crease back past the stumps, in which a batsman may legally stand
ground staff
16.  ground bass
a mesh or network supporting the main pattern of a piece of lace
18. electrical, US and Canadian
a connection between an electrical circuit or device and the earth, which is at zero potential
b. Also called: earth
a terminal to which this connection is made
19.  above ground
20.  below ground
21.  break new ground
22.  cut the ground from under someone's feet
23.  to the ground
24.  get off the ground
25.  go to ground
26.  hit the ground running
27.  into the ground
28.  meet someone on his own ground
29.  the high ground
30.  touch ground
31. (modifier)
situated on, living on, or used on the ground
ground frost
ground forces
32. (modifier)
concerned with or operating on the ground, esp as distinct from in the air
ground crew
ground hostess
33. (modifier)
(used in names of plants) low-growing and often trailing or spreading
34. (transitive)
to put or place on the ground
35. (transitive)
to instruct in fundamentals
36. (transitive)
to provide a basis or foundation for; establish
37. (transitive)
to confine (an aircraft, pilot, etc) to the ground
38. (transitive) informal
to confine (a child) to the house as a punishment
39.  the usual US word for earth (sense 16)
40. (transitive) nautical
to run (a vessel) aground
41. (transitive)
to cover (a surface) with a preparatory coat of paint
42. (intransitive)
to hit or reach the ground
1.  the past tense and past participle of grind
having the surface finished, thickness reduced, or an edge sharpened by grinding
reduced to fine particles by grinding

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see synonyms of ground
a.  Obsolete
the lowest part, base, or bottom of anything
the bottom of a body of water
the surface of the earth, specif. the solid surface
the soil of the earth; earth; land
any particular piece of land; esp., one set aside for a specified purpose
a hunting ground
b.  [pl.]
land surrounding or attached to a house or other building; esp., the lawns, garden, etc. of an estate
any particular area of reference, discussion, work, etc.; topic; subject
arguments covering the same ground
6.  [often pl.]
basis; foundation
the logical basis of a conclusion, action, etc.; valid reason, motive, or cause
often used in pl.
the background or surface over which other parts are spread or laid, as the main surface of a painting
9.  [pl.]
the particles that settle to the bottom of a liquid; dregs; sediment
coffee grounds
10.  Electricity
a conducting body (as the earth, or an object connected with the earth) whose potential is taken as zero and to which an electric circuit can be connected
the connection of an electrical conductor with a ground
a device, as a stake, iron pipe, etc., that makes such a connection
of, on, or near the ground
growing or living in or on the ground
13.  US, American Football
designating the part of the offensive game plan using running plays
verb transitive
to set on, or cause to touch, the ground
to cause (a ship, etc.) to run aground
to found on a firm basis; establish
to base (a claim, argument, etc.) on something specified
to instruct (a person) in the elements or first principles of
to provide with a background
to keep (an aircraft or pilot) from flying
b.  US, Informal
to punish (a young person, esp. a teenager) by not permitting him or her to leave home to engage in social activity
21.  Electricity
to connect (an electrical conductor) to a ground
22.  US, American Football
to throw or knock (an opposing player) to the ground
verb intransitive
to strike the bottom or run ashore
said of a ship
24.  US, Baseball
to hit a grounder
to be put out on a grounder
usually with out
25.  US, American Football
to throw an incomplete pass intentionally, to avoid being sacked
verb transitive, verb intransitive
pt. & pp. of

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of ground
a. The solid surface of the earth.
b. The floor of a body of water, especially the sea.
2. Soil; earth: level the ground for a lawn.
3. often grounds An area of land designated for a particular purpose: a burial ground; parade grounds.
4. often grounds The land surrounding or forming part of a house or another building: a guesthouse on the grounds of the mansion.
5. An area or a position that is contested in or as if in battle: The soldiers held their ground against the enemy. Character witnesses helped the defendant stand her ground in the trial.
6. Something that serves as a foundation or means of attachment for something else: a ground of white paint under the mural.
7. A surrounding area; a background.
8. often grounds The foundation for an argument, belief, or action; a basis.
9. often grounds The underlying condition prompting an action; a cause: grounds for suspicion; a ground for divorce. See Synonyms at base1.
10. An area of reference or discussion; a subject: The professor covered new ground in every lecture.
11. grounds
a. The sediment at or from the bottom of a liquid: coffee grounds.
b. Particles of ground coffee beans for use in making coffee for drinking.
12. Electricity
a. A large conducting body, such as the earth or an electric circuit connected to the earth, used as an arbitrary zero of potential.
b. A conducting object, such as a wire, that is connected to such a position of zero potential.
13. A mesh background upon which patterns are worked in lace-making.
v. ground·ed, ground·ing, grounds
1. To place on or cause to touch the ground.
2. To provide a basis for (a theory, for example); justify.
3. To supply with basic information; instruct in fundamentals.
a. To prevent (an aircraft or a pilot) from flying.
b. Informal To restrict (someone) especially to a certain place as a punishment.
5. Electricity To connect (an electric circuit) to a ground.
6. Nautical To run (a vessel) aground.
a. Baseball To hit (a ball) onto the ground.
b. Football To throw (a ball) to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage.
1. To touch or reach the ground.
2. Baseball To hit a ground ball: grounded to the second baseman.
3. Nautical To run aground.
Past tense and past participle of grind.

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