earth

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noun

verb (used with object)

Chiefly British Electronics. to ground.

Idioms

    move heaven and earth. heaven(def 8).
    on earth, in the world: Where on earth have you been?
    run to earth,
    1. Hunting.to chase (an animal) into its hole or burrow: to run a fox to earth.
    2. to search out; track down: They ran the fugitive to earth in Algiers.

Origin of earth

before 950; Middle English erthe, Old English eorthe; cognate with German Erde, Dutch aarde, Old Norse jǫrth, Danish jord, Gothic airtha

Synonyms for earth

3. Earth, globe, world are terms applied to the planet on which we dwell. Earth is used especially in speaking of a condition of existence contrasted with that in heaven or hell: those who are yet on earth. Globe formerly emphasized merely the roundness of the earth: to circumnavigate the globe. It is now used more like world, with especial application to the inhabitants of the earth and their activities, interests, and concerns. In this sense, both globe and world are more inclusive than earth and are used more abstractly: the politics of the globe; the future of the world; One World.
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Examples from the Web for earth-color

Historical Examples of earth-color

  • They were impatient to change their civilian uniform for the earth-color uniforms.

    Ways of War and Peace

    Delia Austrian

  • The well-to-do ride by in white, and the rest of the population goes mournfully in earth-color.

    In Morocco

    Edith Wharton



British Dictionary definitions for earth-color

earth

noun

(sometimes capital) the third planet from the sun, the only planet on which life is known to exist. It is not quite spherical, being flattened at the poles, and consists of three geological zones, the core, mantle, and thin outer crust. The surface, covered with large areas of water, is enveloped by an atmosphere principally of nitrogen (78 per cent), oxygen (21 per cent), and some water vapour. The age is estimated at over four thousand million years. Distance from sun: 149.6 million km; equatorial diameter: 12 756 km; mass: 5.976 × 10 24 kg; sidereal period of axial rotation: 23 hours 56 minutes 4 seconds; sidereal period of revolution about sun: 365.256 daysRelated adjectives: terrestrial, tellurian, telluric, terrene
the inhabitants of this planetthe whole earth rejoiced
the dry surface of this planet as distinguished from sea or sky; land; ground
the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the surface of the ground and consists of disintegrated rock particles, mould, clay, etc; soil
worldly or temporal matters as opposed to the concerns of the spirit
the hole in which some species of burrowing animals, esp foxes, live
  1. a connection between an electrical circuit or device and the earth, which is at zero potential
  2. a terminal to which this connection is madeUS and Canadian equivalent: ground
Also called: earth colour any of various brown pigments composed chiefly of iron oxides
(modifier) astrology of or relating to a group of three signs of the zodiac, Taurus, Virgo, and CapricornCompare air (def. 20), fire (def. 24), water (def. 12)
cost the earth informal to be very expensive
come back to earth or come down to earth to return to reality from a fantasy or daydream
on earth used as an intensifier in such phrases as what on earth, who on earth, etc
run to earth
  1. to hunt (an animal, esp a fox) to its earth and trap it there
  2. to find (someone) after searching

verb

(intr) (of a hunted fox) to go to ground
(tr) to connect (a circuit, device, etc) to earth
See also earth up

Word Origin for earth

Old English eorthe; related to Old Norse jorth, Old High German ertha, Gothic airtha, Greek erā
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Word Origin and History for earth-color

earth

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for earth-color

earth

[ûrth]

n.

Any of several metallic oxides, such as alumina or zirconia, from which it is difficult to remove oxygen. No longer in technical use.
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Science definitions for earth-color

Earth

[ûrth]

The third planet from the Sun and the densest planet in the solar system. Earth is a terrestrial or inner planet consisting of a thin outer crust, an intermediate mantle, and a dense inner core. It has an atmosphere composed primarily of nitrogen and oxygen and is the only planet on which water in liquid form exists, covering more than 70 percent of its surface. It is also the only planet on which life is known to have evolved, occupying the relatively thin region of water, land, and air known as the biosphere. Earth has a single, relatively large natural satellite, the Moon. See more at atmosphere core crust mantle. See Table at solar system.
earth
Electricity See ground.
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Culture definitions for earth-color

Earth

The planet on which we live — the third planet from the sun.

Note

The Earth was formed at the same time as the sun, about 4.6 billion years ago.

Note

It consists of an inner core made of iron and nickel, an outer core of liquid metal, a mantle, and, on the outside, a crust.

Note

The surface of the solid Earth is in a state of constant change as the rock is moved around by the processes of plate tectonics.

Note

On the Earth's surface, the oceans and the continents form the stage on which the evolution of life takes place. The atmosphere above the surface circulates, producing the daily weather.
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Idioms and Phrases with earth-color

earth

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.

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