ground (See grind)
1 an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or studying excessively [syn: swot, nerd, wonk, dweeb]
2 make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together; "grate one's teeth in anger" [syn: grate]
3 reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading; "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic" [syn: mash, crunch, bray, comminute]
4 work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long" [syn: labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, drudge, dig, moil]
5 dance by rotating the pelvis in an erotically suggestive way, often while in contact with one's partner such that the dancers' legs are interlaced [also: ground]ground adj : broken or pounded into small fragments; used of e.g. ore or stone; "paved with crushed bluestone"; "ground glass is used as an abrasive" [syn: crushed]
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" [syn: land, dry land, earth, solid ground, terra firma]
2 a rational motive for a belief or action; "the reason that war was declared"; "the grounds for their declaration" [syn: reason]
3 the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface; "they dug into the earth outside the church" [syn: earth]
4 a relation that provides the foundation for something; "they were on a friendly footing"; "he worked on an interim basis" [syn: footing, basis]
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"
6 the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; "he posed her against a background of rolling hills" [syn: background]
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" [syn: land, soil]
8 a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused [ant: figure]
9 a connection between an electrical device and the earth (which is a zero voltage) [syn: earth]
10 (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting
11 the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface [syn: flat coat, primer, priming, primer coat, priming coat, undercoat]
1 fix firmly and stably; "anchor the lamppost in concrete" [syn: anchor]
2 confine or restrict to the ground; "After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot"
3 place or put on the ground
4 instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
5 bring to the ground; "the storm grounded the ship" [syn: run aground]
6 hit or reach the ground [syn: run aground]
7 throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
8 hit a groundball; "he grounded to the second baseman"
9 hit onto the ground
11 connect to a ground; "ground the electrical connections for safety reasons"
- /'gɹaʊnd/, /"graUnd/
Etymology 1Old English grund
- The surface of the Earth.
- Soil, earth.
- The worm crawls through the ground.
- The bottom of a body of water.
- Basis, foundation, groundwork, legwork.
- Background, context, framework, surroundings.
- A soccer stadium.
- Manchester United's ground is known as Old Trafford.
- An electrical
conductor connected to
- The British equivalent is earth.
- A level of electrical potential used as a zero reference.
- The area of grass on which a match is played (a cricket field); the entire arena in which it is played; that part of the field behind a batsman's popping crease where he can not be run out (hence to make one's ground)
The surface of the Earth
Basis, foundation, groundwork
- Finnish: peruste, syy
- Greek: έδαφος
- Korean: 바탕 (batang)
- Swedish: grund
Background, context, framework, surroundings
Electrical conductor connected to point of zero potential
- ttbc Arabic:
- ttbc Dutch: aarde (2, 5), terrein (3)
- ttbc Esperanto: grundo
- ttbc French: sol
- ttbc Indonesian: tanah, lapangan
- ttbc Italian: suolo (1, 3), terreno (1, 3), terra (1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
- ttbc Japanese: 地面 (じめん, jimen), グラウンド (guraundo)
- ttbc Latin: humus terra
- ttbc Polish: ziemia
- ttbc Navajo: ni'
- ttbc Slovak: zem pôda
- ttbc Telugu: నేల (nEla)
- To connect (an electrical conductor or device) to a ground.
- To require a disobedient child to
remain at home or refrain from other
privileges such as uses of the Internet, phone, TV, or music,
usually as a punishment.
- The teenager's father decided to ground him for two weeks after he broke curfew again.
- To forbid (an
aircraft or pilot) to
- Because of the bad weather, all flights were grounded.
- to hit a ground ball;
to hit a ground ball
which results in an out. Compare fly (verb(regular)) and line (verb).
- Jones grounded to second in his last at-bat.
- (of a batsman) to place his bat, or part of his body, on the ground behind the popping crease so as not to be run out
To connect an electrical conductor
- Czech: uzemnit
- Dutch: aarden
- Finnish: maattaa, maadoittaa
- Hungarian: leföldel
- Swedish: jorda
To require a child to remain at home
To forbid an aircraft or pilot to fly
- Dutch: vliegverbod opleggen
- Swedish: belägga med flygförbud, ställa på marken
- past of grind
- I ground the coffee up nicely.
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 zero (in the U.S., called ground; in the UK, called earth). See:
- In surveying, Ground refers to a unit of land approximately equal to 223.2 square meters or 0.0551 acres. This unit is widely used in the Indian real estate parlance.
- Ground (often grounds), in law, a rational motive, basis for a belief or conviction, for an action taken, such as a legal action or argument; reason or cause: (sued for divorce on the ground of adultery) (listed alcoholism and adultery as the grounds for divorce) (grounds for dismissal)
- In philosophy, socially grounded arguments are those which take as their starting point social conditions
- Ground bass, in music, a bass part that continually repeats, while the melody and harmony over it change
- Ground tissue, one of the three types of tissue systems in a plant
- Lace ground, the mesh surrounding the design
- To punish a child by prohibiting them from leaving home and/or restricting other privileges for a specified time period
- To prohibit a pilot or airplane from flying, such as the national ground stop on September 11, 2001 in the United States.
- In symbolic logic, a "ground term" is a term with no variables
- A Football stadium
ground in German: Gelände
ground in French: Terrain
ground in Japanese: グラウンド
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