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soft ground

an etching ground usually mixed with tallow.
Compare hard ground.
a technique of etching in which a design is drawn on paper placed on a plate covered with a soft ground, resulting in a granular effect resembling pencil, chalk, or crayon. Unabridged
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  • He had not even heard a footfall on the soft ground between the trees!

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • It brought him to a stretch of soft ground at the edge of a wash.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • And on the soft ground of these cañons he had begun to recover from his lameness.

  • Still there was no reply, and Scarlett gave an angry stamp on the soft ground.

    Crown and Sceptre George Manville Fenn
  • They did not run as horses do to-day, but they plodded along on the soft ground.

    The Tree-Dwellers Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • He, too, made a clean leap, landing on the soft ground below.

  • Vexed beyond measure, he crushed his heel into the soft ground.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • The pole was placed on an iron dish that it might not sink into the soft ground.

  • Evidently it had noticed the prints their feet left in the soft ground.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • They unloaded some cases from the piroque and dumped them on the soft ground.

    A Little Girl in Old St. Louis

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

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