Definition of Run aground

1. Verb. Bring to the ground. "The storm grounded the ship"

Exact synonyms: Ground, Strand
Causes: Ground
Generic synonyms: Land
Derivative terms: Ground

2. Verb. Hit or reach the ground.
Exact synonyms: Ground
Generic synonyms: Arrive At, Attain, Gain, Hit, Make, Reach
Derivative terms: Ground

Definition of Run aground

1. Verb. (intransitive) For a vessel to be immobilized by water too shallow to allow it to float. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To cause a vessel to run aground. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Run Aground

run-time error
run a bath
run a mile
run a red light
run a risk
run about
run across
run afoul
run afoul of
run after
run aground (current term)
run along
run amok
run and gun
run around
run around after
run around like a chicken with its head cut off
run around with
run away
run away with
run back
run bases
run batted in
run book
run by

Literary usage of Run aground

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1846)
"... steered and paddled on ; but knowing nothing of flats and shoals, my raft suddenly run aground on the edge of a rock or something. ..."

2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"Grounder (nautical), a ship that is liable to be run aground through bad seamanship. Unfortunately these rejoicings have been marred through the loss of ..."

3. Through Siberia, the Land of the Future by Fridtjof Nansen (1914)
"... a hermit : Difficult navigation, we run aground : Meeting with the tug and lighters from the south : Prospects of delay ~TN the course of the morning of ..."

4. Principles of Geology: Or, The Modern Changes of the Earth and Its by Charles Lyell (1840)
"... glaciers and icebergs — Their effects on the bottom when they run aground — Packing of coast ice — Boulders drifted by ice on coast of Labrador — Blocks ..."

5. Life on the Plains of the Pacific. Oregon: Its History, Condition and by Gustavus Hines (1852)
"... the river—Fort George—run aground — Difficulty of ascending—Arrival at Vancouver — Meeting called — Missionaries receive their appointments — Sent off ..."

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