Nearby words

  1. grotty,
  2. grouch,
  3. grouchy,
  4. grouchy, emmanuel, marquis de,
  5. grough,
  6. ground alert,
  7. ground bait,
  8. ground ball,
  9. ground bass,
  10. ground beam

Idioms

Origin of ground

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English grownd, grund, Old English grund; cognate with Dutch grond, German Grund; (verb) Middle English grundien, grownden “to set on a foundation, establish,” derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cover ground

ground

1
/ (ɡraʊnd) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for ground

Old English grund; related to Old Norse grunn shallow, grunnr, grund plain, Old High German grunt

ground

2
/ (ɡraʊnd) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of grind

adjective

having the surface finished, thickness reduced, or an edge sharpened by grinding
reduced to fine particles by grinding
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Word Origin and History for cover ground
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for cover ground

ground

[ ground ]

A connection between an electrical conductor and the Earth. Grounds are used to establish a common zero-voltage reference for electric devices in order to prevent potentially dangerous voltages from arising between them and other objects. Also called earth
The set of shared points in an electrical circuit at which the measured voltage is taken to be zero. The ground is usually connected directly to the power supply and acts as a common “sink” for current flowing through the components in the circuit.
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Idioms and Phrases with cover ground

cover ground

Also, cover the ground or a lot of ground.

1

Go a given extent or considerable distance, especially at a satisfactory speed. For example, She really knows how to cover ground with her studies, or This outfielder covers a lot of ground. [Early 1800s]

2

Deal with or accomplish in a certain way, as in This history text covers the ground quite well. [Late 1800s] Also see cover the field.

ground

In addition to the idioms beginning with ground

  • ground floor, get in on the
  • ground rules

also see:

  • both feet on the ground
  • break ground
  • common ground
  • cover ground
  • cover the field (ground)
  • cut the ground from under
  • down to the ground
  • ear to the ground
  • from the ground up
  • gain ground
  • get off the ground
  • give ground
  • happy hunting ground
  • hit the ground running
  • lose ground
  • on one's home ground
  • run into the ground
  • run to earth (ground)
  • stamping ground
  • stand one's ground
  • worship the ground someone walks on
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