verb (used with object)
- ears are burning, one's,
- earth almond,
- earth art,
- earth auger,
- earth closet,
- earth day
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
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’|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They carved a refuge out of the wilderness and then, in 200 years, built it into the most powerful nation on earth.
Once giants walked this earth, and some of them were Democrats.
Woods were shredded, the earth trembled and the ground exploded in showers of stone and red-hot metal splinters.
Thus kept he his word to the Earth Mother, and gave her light, that she might see.In the Time That Was|James Frederic Thorne
Deucalion and Pyrrha saw the bright waste of water sink and grow dim and the hills emerge, and the earth show green once more.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew|Josephine Preston Peabody
In an instant the whips ceased to fall and the man with the dead soul saw all the Earth before him—and understood.The City and the World and Other Stories|Francis Clement Kelley
(This was the age after the all devouring conflagration on earth).
The Cross has broken all the chains which once bound him to earth.Elijah the Tishbite|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
- 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.