Definitions of ground

  1. fix firmly and stably; " anchor the lamppost in concrete"
  2. the part of a scene ( or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; " he posed her against a background of rolling hills"
  3. broken or pounded into small fragments; used of e. g. ore or stone; " paved with crushed bluestone"; " ground glass is used as an abrasive"
  4. a connection between an electrical device and the earth ( which is a zero voltage)
  5. the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface; " they dug into the earth outside the church"
  6. use as a basis for; found on; " base a claim on some observation"
  7. the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
  8. bring to the ground, as of vessels
  9. ( art) the surface ( as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting
  10. a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused
  11. 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"
  12. a rational motive for a belief or action; " the reason that war was declared"; " the grounds for their declaration"
  13. 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"
  14. cover with a primer; apply a primer to
  15. hit or reach the ground
  16. a relation that provides the foundation for something; " they were on a friendly footing"; " he worked on an interim basis"
  17. instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
  18. connect to a ground; " ground the electrical connections for safety reasons"
  19. hit onto the ground
  20. hit a groundball; " he grounded to the second baseman"
  21. throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
  22. place or put on the ground
  23. confine or restrict to the ground; " After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot"
  24. bring to the ground; " the storm grounded the ship"
  25. The softer inorganic matter composing part of the surface of the globe, in distinction from the firm rock; soil of all kinds, including gravel, clay, loam, and the like; sometimes, soil favorable to the growth of plants; the visible surface of the globe; the ground; as, loose earth; rich earth.
  26. The surface of the earth; the outer crust of the globe, or some indefinite portion of it.
  27. A floor or pavement supposed to rest upon the earth.
  28. 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.
  29. Land; estate; possession; field; esp. ( pl.), the gardens, lawns, fields, etc., belonging to a homestead; as, the grounds of the estate are well kept.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. In sculpture, a flat surface upon which figures are raised in relief.
  33. In point lace, the net of small meshes upon which the embroidered pattern is applied; as, Brussels ground. See Brussels lace, under Brussels.
  34. 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.
  35. A composition in which the bass, consisting of a few bars of independent notes, is continually repeated to a varying melody.
  36. The tune on which descants are raised; the plain song.
  37. A conducting connection with the earth, whereby the earth is made part of an electrical circuit.
  38. Sediment at the bottom of liquors or liquids; dregs; lees; feces; as, coffee grounds.
  39. The pit of a theater.
  40. To lay, set, or run, on the ground.
  41. To found; to fix or set, as on a foundation, reason, or principle; to furnish a ground for; to fix firmly.
  42. To instruct in elements or first principles.
  43. To connect with the ground so as to make the earth a part of an electrical circuit.
  44. To cover with a ground, as a copper plate for etching ( see Ground, n., 5); or as paper or other materials with a uniform tint as a preparation for ornament.
  45. To run aground; to strike the bottom and remain fixed; as, the ship grounded on the bar.
  46. imp. & amp; p. p. of Grind.
  47. One of the pieces of wood, flush with the plastering, to which moldings, etc., are attached; - usually in the plural.
  48. imp. & p. p. of Grind.
  49. Of grind.
  50. The earth or soil; surface of a floor or pavement; land; territory; country; estate; usually in plural; foundation; cause or reason; origin; original principle.
  51. To place or set on or in the earth; teach the first principles to.
  52. To run on to land; said of vessels.
  53. Fundamental.
  54. Pa. t. and pa. p. of GRIND.
  55. The surface of the earth: a portion of the earth's surface: land: field: the floor, etc.: position: field or place of action: ( lit. or fig.) that on which something is raised: foundation: reason: ( art.) the surface on which the figures are represented.
  56. To fix on a foundation or principle: to instruct in first principles.
  57. To strike the bottom and remain fixed.
  58. To run aground.
  59. Of to grind.
  60. Surface of the earth; soil; land; foundation.
  61. To fix as a foundation; instruct in principles.
  62. To strike the bottom, as a ship.
  63. To found; establish; train in first principles.
  64. To fix in the ground; run aground.
  65. To run aground; fall to the ground.
  66. Imp & pp. of GRIND, v.
  67. The surface of the earth; land.
  68. A base; starting point; reason.
  69. Dregs.
  70. On the ground; radical; fundamental. To break ground, to be the first to open up. To gain ground, to advance; to proceed forward; to gain credit; to prevail. To lose ground, to retire; to retreat; to lose credit; to decline. To give ground, to recede; to yield advantage.
  71. The surface of the earth; territory; land; the surface of a floor or pavement; foundation; cause or reason; first principle; that which is first put on the surface on which a figure or object is represented; the principal colour, to which others are considered as ornamental; composition spread over the surface of the metal to be etched; field or place of action; the name given to a composition in which the base, consisting of a few bars of independent notes, is continually repeated to a continually varying melody.
  72. To lay or set on the ground; to base; to instruct in first principles; to run aground.
  73. Did grind.
  74. The earth or soil, as distinguished from air or water; the surface or upper part of the earth; soil; territory or region; estate or possession; that which supports anything; fundamental cause; primary reason; in a painting, the primary or principal colour; fundamental substance.
  75. To lay or place on the ground; to settle in first principles; to fasten or strike on the bottom, as a ship in too shallow water.

Quotes of ground

  1. The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. – Douglas Adams
  2. As a consequence, the Court ruled that the limits on campaign spending violated the First Amendment, but it accepted the $1, 000 limit on individual contributions on the ground that the need to avoid the appearance of corruption justified this limited constraint on speech. – James L. Buckley
  3. In fiction, too, after the death of Cooper the main tendency for nearly a generation was away from the conquest of new borders to the closer cultivation, east of the Mississippi, of ground already marked. – Carl Clinton Van Doren
  4. The anchors now made are contrived so as to sink into the ground as soon as they reach it, and to hold a great strain before they can be loosened or dislodged from their station. – William Falconer
  5. The bodies lay on the ground like damaged goods from a warehouse. – Peter Goldman
  6. Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road. – Dag Hammarskjold
  7. We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted. – Napoleon Hill
  8. We had a couple of minor coups that made a big difference. We snared away from a competitor a correspondent already on the ground in Afghanistan. That was an enormous help to us, because there we were. – Brit Hume
  9. I have a much better relationship with the press than I did, I think because I stood my ground – Elton John
  10. There is no doubt that we should take solar radiation into account. We have seen ground temperatures rising since 1975, and it is important to know to what extent that has been caused by the sun or by carbon dioxide. – Bjorn Lomborg
  11. What I would say to the young men and women who are beset by hopelessness and doubt is that they should go and see what is being done on the ground to fight poverty, not like going to the zoo but to take action, to open their hearts and their consciences. – Abbe Pierre
  12. One falls to the ground in trying to sit on two stools. – Francois Rabelais
  13. A free economy is as essential to society as democratic political institutions. A strong market -based economy is the fertile ground for democratic freedoms that we think are important. – Lee R. Raymond
  14. I try to ask visual questions. I'll ask what someone was wearing, if that seems relevant. If possible, I'll walk over the same ground that they're depicting. Of course, I can never get it precisely as it was. – Joe Sacco
  15. I never eat in a restaurant that's over a hundred feet off the ground and won't stand still. – Calvin Trillin

Usage examples for ground

  1. You have yet one strong ground of hope." – The House of Martha by Frank R. Stockton
  2. There were only two rooms on the ground floor. – A Man's Hearth by Eleanor M. Ingram
  3. The other side of the sea is my Father's ground as well as this side. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  4. When he came to David, he fell on the ground before him. – The Children's Bible by Henry A. Sherman Charles Foster Kent
  5. Oh, I'll play her own game and meet her on her own ground – Patty's Suitors by Carolyn Wells
  6. Charlotte, said he, presently, it seems to me I've lost ground with you. – Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
  7. But this ground is not very safe. – Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2 by Ernst Hengstenberg
  8. I live on the ground floor of this house. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  9. It's not going to leave the ground – Martyr by Alan Edward Nourse
  10. She just stood there- like she'd been run to ground – Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher by Eleanor Gates
  11. " Look down," Westy said; " I can't see the ground – Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  12. But Ulenspiegel stood his ground – The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere by Charles de Coster
  13. It was as though he had said: " I was told from the very beginning that I was to be made a fighting- ground of. – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  14. Looking over the ground – The Inside of the Cup, Volume 5 by Winston Churchill
  15. I am pleased to find that you yet keep your ground – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  16. She must come to his ground – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  17. The wildmen have no other then ground for their table. – Voyages of Peter Esprit Radisson by Peter Esprit Radisson
  18. " I must go," said Feversham, and he lifted himself up from the ground – The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason
  19. I felt as if I could sink into the ground – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  20. On what ground I asked. – In Direst Peril by David Christie Murray