Definition of Ground

1. Noun. The solid part of the earth's surface. "He dropped the logs on the ground"

2. Verb. Fix firmly and stably. "Anchor the lamppost in concrete"
Exact synonyms: Anchor
Generic synonyms: Fasten, Fix, Secure
Derivative terms: Anchor

3. Noun. A rational motive for a belief or action. "The grounds for their declaration"
Exact synonyms: Reason
Generic synonyms: Rational Motive
Specialized synonyms: Occasion, Account, Score, Wherefore, Why
Derivative terms: Reason

4. Verb. Confine or restrict to the ground. "After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot"
Generic synonyms: Confine, Hold, Restrain

5. Noun. The loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface. "They dug into the earth outside the church"
Exact synonyms: Earth
Specialized synonyms: Moraine, Diatomaceous Earth, Diatomite, Kieselguhr, Saprolite, Dirt, Soil
Generic synonyms: Material, Stuff
Derivative terms: Earth, Earth, Earthy

6. Verb. Place or put on the ground.
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set

7. Noun. A relation that provides the foundation for something. "He worked on an interim basis"
Exact synonyms: Basis, Footing
Generic synonyms: Foundation
Specialized synonyms: Common Ground

8. Verb. Instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject.
Generic synonyms: Instruct, Learn, Teach

9. Noun. A position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle). "They fought to regain the lost ground"
Generic synonyms: Military Position, Position

10. Verb. Bring to the ground. "The storm grounded the ship"
Exact synonyms: Run Aground, Strand
Causes: Run Aground
Generic synonyms: Land

11. Noun. The part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground. "He posed her against a background of rolling hills"
Exact synonyms: Background
Generic synonyms: Aspect, Panorama, Prospect, Scene, View, Vista

12. Verb. Hit or reach the ground.
Exact synonyms: Run Aground
Generic synonyms: Arrive At, Attain, Gain, Hit, Make, Reach

13. 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). "Good agricultural soil"

14. Verb. Throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage.
Category relationships: Football, Football Game
Generic synonyms: Throw

15. Noun. A relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused.
Generic synonyms: Percept, Perception, Perceptual Experience
Antonyms: Figure

16. Verb. Hit a groundball. "He grounded to the second baseman"
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Generic synonyms: Hit
Derivative terms: Grounder

17. Noun. A connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage).
Exact synonyms: Earth
Generic synonyms: Connecter, Connection, Connective, Connector, Connexion
Category relationships: Electricity

18. Verb. Hit onto the ground.
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Generic synonyms: Hit

19. Noun. (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting.
Category relationships: Art, Artistic Creation, Artistic Production
Generic synonyms: Surface

20. Verb. Cover with a primer; apply a primer to. "They want to ground the doors"
Exact synonyms: Prime, Undercoat
Generic synonyms: Paint
Derivative terms: Primer, Undercoat, Undercoat

21. Noun. The first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface.
Exact synonyms: Flat Coat, Primer, Primer Coat, Priming, Priming Coat, Undercoat
Generic synonyms: Coat Of Paint
Specialized synonyms: Couch
Derivative terms: Prime, Undercoat

22. Verb. Connect to a ground. ; "Ground the electrical connections for safety reasons"
Specialized synonyms: Earth
Generic synonyms: Connect, Link, Link Up, Tie
Derivative terms: Grounding

23. Verb. Use as a basis for; found on. "Base a claim on some observation"
Exact synonyms: Base, Establish, Found
Specialized synonyms: Build
Derivative terms: Base, Foundation, Foundation

Definition of Ground

1. n. The surface of the earth; the outer crust of the globe, or some indefinite portion of it.

2. v. t. To lay, set, or run, on the ground.

3. v. i. To run aground; to strike the bottom and remain fixed; as, the ship grounded on the bar.

Definition of Ground

1. Noun. The surface of the Earth, as opposed to the sky or water or underground. ¹

2. Noun. Terrain. ¹

3. Noun. Soil, earth. ¹

4. Noun. The bottom of a body of water. ¹

5. Noun. Basis, foundation, groundwork, legwork. ¹

6. Noun. Background, context, framework, surroundings. ¹

7. Noun. A soccer stadium. ¹

8. Noun. (electricity Canadian and US) An electrical conductor connected to the ground. ¹

9. Noun. (electricity Canadian and US) A level of electrical potential used as a zero reference. ¹

10. Noun. (countable cricket) 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'') ¹

11. Verb. To connect (an electrical conductor or device) to a ground. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To punish a child or teenager by forcing him/her to stay at home and/or take away certain privileges. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To forbid (an aircraft or pilot) to fly. ¹

14. Verb. To gain a basic education (of a particular subject). ¹

15. Verb. (baseball) to hit a ground ball; to hit a ground ball which results in an out. Compare fly (verb(regular)) and line (verb). ¹

16. Verb. (cricket) (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 ¹

17. Verb. (past of grind) ¹

18. Adjective. Crushed, or reduced to small particles. ¹

19. Adjective. Processed by grinding. ¹

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Definition of Ground

1. to place on a foundation [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Ground

1. 1. The surface of the earth; the outer crust of the globe, or some indefinite portion of it. "There was not a man to till the ground." (Gen. Ii. 5) "The fire ran along upon the ground." (Ex. Ix. 23) Hence: A floor or pavement supposed to rest upon the earth. 2. Any definite portion of the earth's surface; region; territory; country. Hence: A territory appropriated to, or resorted to, for a particular purpose; the field or place of action; as, a hunting or fishing ground; a play ground. "From . . . Old Euphrates, to the brook that parts Egypt from Syrian ground." (Milton) 3. Land; estate; possession; field; especially. (pl), the gardens, lawns, fields, etc, belonging to a homestead; as, the grounds of the estate are well kept. "Thy next design is on thy neighbor's grounds." (Dryden. 4) 4. The basis on which anything rests; foundation. Hence: The foundation of knowledge, belief, or conviction; a premise, reason, or datum; ultimate or first principle; cause of existence or occurrence; originating force or agency; as, the ground of my hope. 5. That surface upon which the figures of a composition are set, and which relieves them by its plainness, being either of one tint or of tints but slightly contrasted with one another; as, crimson Bowers on a white ground. See Background, Foreground, and Middle-ground. In sculpture, a flat surface upon which figures are raised in relief. In point lace, the net of small meshes upon which the embroidered pattern is applied; as, Brussels ground. See Brussels lace, under Brussels. 6. A gummy composition spread over the surface of a metal to be etched, to prevent the acid from eating except where an opening is made by the needle. 7. One of the pieces of wood, flush with the plastering, to which moldings, etc, are attached; usually in the plural. Grounds are usually put up first and the plastering floated flush with them. 8. A composition in which the bass, consisting of a few bars of independent notes, is continually repeated to a varying melody. The tune on which descants are raised; the plain song. "On that ground I'll build a holy descant." (Shak) 9. A conducting connection with the earth, whereby the earth is made part of an electrical circuit. 10. Sediment at the bottom of liquors or liquids; dregs; lees; feces; as, coffee grounds. 11. The pit of a theater. Ground angling, angling with a weighted line without a float. Ground annual, a small California bird (Chamaea fasciata) allied to the wrens and titmice. It inhibits the arid plains. Called also gronnd tit, and wren lit. To bite the ground, To break ground. See Bite, Break. To come to the ground, To fall to the ground, to come to nothing; to fail; to miscarry. To gain ground. To advance; to proceed forward in confict; as, an army in battle gains ground. To obtain an advantage; to have some success; as, the army gains ground on the enemy. To gain credit; to become more prosperous or influential. To get, or To gather, ground, to gain ground. "Evening mist . . . Gathers ground fast." . "There is no way for duty to prevail, and get ground of them, but by bidding higher." (South) To give ground, to recede; to yield advantage. "These nine . . . Began to give me ground." (Shak) To lose ground, to retire; to retreat; to withdraw from the position taken; hence, to lose advantage; to lose credit or reputation; to decline. To stand one's ground, to stand firm; to resist attack or encroachment. To take the ground to touch bottom or become stranded; said of a ship. Origin: 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. To lay, set, or run, on the ground. 2. To found; to fix or set, as on a foundation, reason, or principle; to furnish a ground for; to fix firmly. "Being rooted and grounded in love." (Eph. Iii. 17) "So far from warranting any inference to the existence of a God, would, on the contrary, ground even an argument to his negation." (Sir W. Hamilton) 3. To instruct in elements or first principles. 4. To connect with the ground so as to make the earth a part of an electrical circuit. 5. To cover with a ground, as a copper plate for etching (see Ground, 5); or as paper or other materials with a uniform tint as a preparation for ornament. Origin: Grounded; Grounding. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ground

ground-controlled approach
ground-effect machine
ground-effect vehicle
ground-emplaced mine
ground-service crew
ground almond

Literary usage of Ground

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1. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1839)
"... into one heavy blow, felled him to the ground. A minute ago the boy had looked the quiet, mild, dejected creature that harsh treatment had made him. ..."

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