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[uh-ground] /əˈgraʊnd/
adverb, adjective
on or into the ground; in a stranded condition or state:
The ship ran aground.
Origin of aground
1250-1300; Middle English. See a-1, ground1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for aground
Historical Examples
  • 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


adverb, adjective
(postpositive) on or onto the ground or bottom, as in shallow water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aground

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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