verb (used with object)
- Hunting.to chase (an animal) into its hole or burrow: to run a fox to earth.
- to search out; track down: They ran the fugitive to earth in Algiers.
Origin of earth
Synonyms for earth
Related Words for earthplanet, dust, globe, land, dirt, terrain, shore, surface, coast, mud, clay, turf, gravel, sand, star, universe, creation, sphere, macrocosm, cosmos
Examples from the Web for earth
Contemporary Examples of earth
The questions going through my mind are: How on earth are there Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers in the heart of Paris?Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
One is forced to ask, what on earth was Andrew doing hanging out with scantily clad teenagers?Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’
January 4, 2015
They carved a refuge out of the wilderness and then, in 200 years, built it into the most powerful nation on earth.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
Once giants walked this earth, and some of them were Democrats.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Woods were shredded, the earth trembled and the ground exploded in showers of stone and red-hot metal splinters.Hitler’s Hail Mary
James A. Warren
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of earth
The earth was like a slumbering babe, smiling in its sleep, because it dreams of Heaven.
Their freshness soon withered, on account of the shallowness of the earth.
I want him to think he ain't got a friend on earth but himself.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
That he is afraid to trust banks, and hides his money in the earth.
He don't trust any banks, but keeps his money concealed in the earth.
- a connection between an electrical circuit or device and the earth, which is at zero potential
- a terminal to which this connection is madeUS and Canadian equivalent: ground
- to hunt (an animal, esp a fox) to its earth and trap it there
- to find (someone) after searching
Word Origin for earth
Old English eorþe "ground, soil, dry land," also used (along with middangeard) for "the (material) world" (as opposed to the heavens or the underworld), from Proto-Germanic *ertho (cf. Old Frisian erthe "earth," Old Saxon ertha, Old Norse jörð, Middle Dutch eerde, Dutch aarde, Old High German erda, German Erde, Gothic airþa), from PIE root *er- (2) "earth, ground" (cf. Middle Irish -ert "earth"). The earth considered as a planet was so called from c.1400.
see down to earth; ends of the earth; four corners of the earth; move heaven and earth; not have an earthly chance; on earth; run to earth; salt of the earth.