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    ground - Dictionary definition and meaning for word ground

    Definition
    (noun) the solid part of the earth's surface
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    Definition
    (noun) a rational motive for a belief or action
    Synonyms : reason
    Example Sentence
    • the reason that war was declared
    • the grounds for their declaration
    Definition
    (noun) the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface
    Synonyms : earth
    Example Sentence
    • they dug into the earth outside the church
    Definition
    (noun) a relation that provides the foundation for something
    Synonyms : basis , footing
    Example Sentence
    • they were on a friendly footing
    • he worked on an interim basis
    Definition
    (noun) a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)
    Example Sentence
    • they gained ground step by step
    • they fought to regain the lost ground
    Definition
    (noun) the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
    Synonyms : background
    Example Sentence
    • he posed her against a background of rolling hills
    Definition
    (noun) material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
    Synonyms : land , soil
    Example Sentence
    • the land had never been plowed
    • good agricultural soil
    Definition
    (noun) a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused Definition
    (noun) a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)
    Synonyms : earth
    Definition
    (noun) (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting Definition
    (noun) the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface Definition
    (verb) fix firmly and stably
    Synonyms : anchor
    Example Sentence
    • anchor the lamppost in concrete
    Definition
    (verb) confine or restrict to the ground
    Example Sentence
    • After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot
    Definition
    (verb) place or put on the ground Definition
    (verb) instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject Definition
    (verb) bring to the ground
    Synonyms : run aground , strand
    Example Sentence
    • the storm grounded the ship
    Definition
    (verb) hit or reach the ground
    Synonyms : run aground
    Definition
    (verb) throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage Definition
    (verb) hit a groundball
    Example Sentence
    • he grounded to the second baseman
    Definition
    (verb) hit onto the ground Definition
    (verb) cover with a primer; apply a primer to
    Synonyms : prime , undercoat
    Definition
    (verb) connect to a ground
    Example Sentence
    • ground the electrical connections for safety reasons
    Definition
    (verb) use as a basis for; found on
    Synonyms : base , establish , found
    Example Sentence
    • base a claim on some observation
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