ground ground  /ˈɡraʊnd/


  1. (n) the solid part of the earth's surface
  2. (n) a rational motive for a belief or action
  3. (n) the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface
  4. (n) a relation that provides the foundation for something
  5. (n) a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)
  6. (n) the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
  7. (n) material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
  8. (n) a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused
  9. (n) a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)
  10. (n) (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting
  11. (n) the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
  12. (v) fix firmly and stably
  13. (v) confine or restrict to the ground
  14. (v) place or put on the ground
  15. (v) instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
  16. (v) bring to the ground
  17. (v) hit or reach the ground
  18. (v) throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
  19. (v) hit a groundball
  20. (v) hit onto the ground
  21. (v) cover with a primer; apply a primer to
  22. (v) connect to a ground
  23. (v) use as a basis for; found on
  24. (n) an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious
  25. (n) the grade of particle fineness to which a substance is ground
  26. (n) hard monotonous routine work
  27. (n) the act of grinding to a powder or dust
  28. (v) press or grind with a crushing noise
  29. (v) make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
  30. (v) work hard
  31. (v) 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
  32. (v) reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
  33. (v) created by grinding
  34. (v) shape or form by grinding


  1. Two were later dragged to a command post and dumped on the ground for mujahidin fighters to gawk at.
  2. Ground zero has inspired dozens of books, several documentaries and passionate calls to rebuild and reclaim the hole in the ground with something both respectful and profitable.
  3. Ground zero has become both a tourist-thronged landmark and an exclusive downtown club.


  1. Ground breaking set for Springfield Hyvee

    Springfield – A ground breaking that has been a long time coming is set for the Hyvee supermarket in Springfield.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: WAND TV 17 Decatur

  2. Ground Broken for New Clinic: Rural Medical's new facility to be completed by next year

    Rural Medical Services, Inc. broke ground for its newest facility on Monday. Pictured from left are Dr. Nathan DeWitt, RMS Board Member Bertalee Quary, RMS Board Chair Bill George, RMS Board Member Gladys Coggins, RMS Board Member Janella Carr, RMS CFO Frances Shelley, RMS Operations Director Kelly Melear-Hough, FNP Rachel Mathers, Board Member Mary Frances Brooks, RMS CEO Larry Stanifer, Board ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Newport Plain Talk

  3. Ground breaking for roadwork

    Ground will be broken today for the reconstruction of South Purcell Boulevard.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Pueblo Chieftain


  1. Assuming command Sunday, Petraeus told his troops that while civilian safety remains a critical consideration, "as you and our Afghan partners on the ground get into tough situations, we must employ all assets to ensure your safety."
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: David Petraeus Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments no longer apply," Obama said. "The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it...
    on Jan 21, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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