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aground

[uh-ground] /əˈgraʊnd/
adverb, adjective
1.
on or into the ground; in a stranded condition or state:
The ship ran aground.
Origin of aground
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English. See a-1, ground1
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  • The landing boat was aground, having removed the two passengers.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • This ship, also aground in the Middle Channel, now came into action with a roar.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The ship was plunging fore and aft—a sure sign that she was not now aground.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • You threatened to drown Tony, and if your boat had not got aground you would have run him down.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • "Well, Bob, we must come about or get aground," I continued.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • Two of them are aground, and it is not expected they will be got off.

  • The situation of a vessel when she is aground at the height of spring-tides.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • First, the sail-boat checked and slewed; 'aground,' I concluded.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • That is to say, the ship appeared to be floating—or was she aground?

    Overdue Harry Collingwood
  • We're out here waiting for it, instead of aground as they'll expect.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for aground

aground

/əˈɡraʊnd/
adverb, adjective
1.
(postpositive) on or onto the ground or bottom, as in shallow water
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Word Origin and History for aground
adv.

late 13c., "on the ground," from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + ground (n.). Of ships and boats, "stranded," from c.1500.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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