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Definitions of earth

  1. ( archaic) once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe ( Empedocles)
  2. hide in the earth, as of a hunted fox
  3. a connection between an electrical device and the earth ( which is a zero voltage)
  4. the concerns of the world as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife; " they consider the church to be independent of the world"
  5. the abode of mortals ( as contrasted with heaven or hell); " it was hell on earth"
  6. the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet on which we live; " the Earth moves around the sun"; " he sailed around the world"
  7. the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface; " they dug into the earth outside the church"
  8. connect to the earth, as of a circuit
  9. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe ( Empedocles)
  10. connect to the earth; " earth the circuit"
  11. hide in the earth like a hunted animal
  12. The globe or planet which we inhabit; the world, in distinction from the sun, moon, or stars. Also, this world as the dwelling place of mortals, in distinction from the dwelling place of spirits.
  13. The solid materials which make up the globe, in distinction from the air or water; the dry land.
  14. A part of this globe; a region; a country; land.
  15. Worldly things, as opposed to spiritual things; the pursuits, interests, and allurements of this life.
  16. The people on the globe.
  17. Any earthy- looking metallic oxide, as alumina, glucina, zirconia, yttria, and thoria.
  18. A similar oxide, having a slight alkaline reaction, as lime, magnesia, strontia, baryta.
  19. A hole in the ground, where an animal hides himself; as, the earth of a fox.
  20. To hide, or cause to hide, in the earth; to chase into a burrow or den.
  21. To burrow.
  22. A plowing.
  23. The connection of any part an electric conductor with the ground; specif., the connection of a telegraph line with the ground through a fault or otherwise.
  24. To cover with earth or mold; to inter; to bury; - sometimes with up.
  25. The globe or planet on which we live; the solid materials which compose the globe; ground; soil; a region or land; worldly things or interests; the inhabitants of the globe.
  26. 1. The globe, world. 2. Soil, dirt, the loose material on the surface of the earth. 3. An insoluble oxide of aluminum or of certain other elements.
  27. The matter on the surface of the globe: soil: dry land, as opposed to sea: the world: the people of this world.
  28. To hide or cause to hide in the earth: to bury.
  29. Soil; dry land; the world.
  30. The globe on which we dwell; the world; ground; land; soil.
  31. The particles which compose the solid mass of the globe; the particles which form the fine mould on its surface; any indefinite mass or portion of that matter; certain metallic oxides; the globe as a planet; the world, as opposed to other scenes of existence; its inhabitants; dry land, opposed to the sea; country, region, or a distinct part of the globe; the ground; a low condition.
  32. To hide in the earth, as to earth a fox; to cover with earth.
  33. To retire underground; to burrow.
  34. Mould; hole of a fox; the mass of the globe; the ground; land; the world; its inhabitants; in chem., a solid, opaque, friable substance, without lustre, and incombustible.
  35. To hide in the ground; to cover with mould; to burrow.
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Usage examples for earth

  1. I wonder who on earth it can be!" – Dr. Jolliffe's Boys by Lewis Hough
  2. What on earth did you do it for? – A Thief in the Night by E. W. Hornung
  3. But what on earth was she doing that for? – Miss Mapp by Edward Frederic Benson
  4. Why on earth not? – Jan and Her Job by L. Allen Harker
  5. But why on earth didn't you say so before?" – St. Peter's Umbrella by Kálmán Mikszáth
  6. Now what on earth does it mean, Jill? – Jill's Red Bag by Amy Le Feuvre
  7. What on earth have you got in there? – Good Old Anna by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  8. What on earth are you afraid of?" – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  9. Pity a man who can't work on along when he has nothing else on earth to do! – Vailima-Letters by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  10. " The earth will not die," answered Elisaveta no less quietly. – The Created Legend by Feodor Sologub
  11. By all he has on earth. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  12. Where on earth am I? – The Boy Scouts On The Range by Lieut. Howard Payson
  13. What on earth can I do with the house? – The Boy Scouts Book of Stories by Various
  14. Could you see the earth? – The Boy Volunteers with the French Airmen by Kenneth Ward
  15. I can't do it and live on this earth. – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage
  16. We are of the earth. – Mrs. Falchion, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  17. There's a debt I've got to settle on Earth. – Beyond The Thunder by H. B. Hickey
  18. No hope in herself; no hope in her friends; no hope any where on earth. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  19. " Not a thing on earth. – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
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