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groundwork

[ground-wurk] /ˈgraʊndˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
foundation or basis:
He laid the groundwork for an international conference.
Origin of groundwork
1540-1550
1540-50; ground1 + work
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  • Honiton guipure lace is distinguished by the groundwork being of various stitches, in place of being sewn upon a net ground.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • Though there may be a mistake in the application, the groundwork is strong and secure.

  • My groundwork for this marble would be exactly the same as that used for oak—a rich cream colour.

    Where Art Begins Hume Nisbet
  • The groundwork of the material therefore is of a mineral nature.

  • This constitutes the groundwork of their religion, sacrifices and worship.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
British Dictionary definitions for groundwork

groundwork

/ˈɡraʊndˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
preliminary work as a foundation or basis
2.
the ground or background of a painting, etc
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Word Origin and History for groundwork
n.

mid-15c., from ground (n.) + work (n.). Cf. Middle Dutch grontwerck, Dutch grondwerk, German grundwerk. Originally "the solid base on which a structure is built;" figurative sense is from 1550s.

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