Idioms about earth
- 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
synonym study for earth
Words nearby earth
MORE ABOUT EARTH
What does earth mean?
Earth with a capital E refers to the third planet from our sun, as in Mars fascinates me, but Earth will always be my home.
Lowercased, earth most often refers to the surface material of our planet, including rock, soil, and dirt, as in The bulldozer moved so much earth out of the building lot that if I jumped in the hole, I couldn’t get out again.
Earth can also refer to the entire human population, representing the Earth as a planet of people, rather than a giant rock floating in space, as in The whole earth was worried about COVID-19.
Example: Earth revolves around the sun about every 365 days.
Where does earth come from?
The first records of the term earth come from before 950. It comes from the Old English eorthe.
The Earth we live on and the earth we stand on are so much a part of our lives that it’s no wonder we have so many senses of this word. In chemistry, earth refers to some metallic oxides that are hard to reduce, such as alumina and zirconia. In hunting, earth is an animal’s den that is low to the ground. In the fine arts, earth can be a color that tends to be a brown hue. And if a food has an earthy smell, it will smell of moist dirt, such as potatoes and carrots sometimes do.
You’ll see earth used in figurative senses, too. If your friend “moves heaven and earth” to get tickets for the big concert, they are making a huge effort to get those tickets. If your mother asks you, “Where on earth have you been?” she is using earth to emphasize her question about your location. If someone says you’re a “down to earth” person, they mean that you’re practical and realistic. And if you hear news that is “earth-shattering,” the news is shocking or traumatic.
Did you know … ?
What are some other forms related to earth?
- earthling (noun)
- earthly (adverb)
- earthwards (adverb)
- earthen (adjective)
What are some synonyms for earth?
What are some words that share a root or word element with earth?
What are some words that often get used in discussing earth?
How is earth used in real life?
Earth is a common word used to talk about the planet we live on or its surface.
Never let a soul on this earth make you feel like you aren’t enough.
— Unkonfined (@unkonfined) June 5, 2020
i paid off my car and my credit score went down, these things are the biggest scam on earth
— Natalie Weiner (@natalieweiner) August 13, 2020
California is the only U.S. state to have a chemical element named after it.
"Californium" is a radioactive rare earth metal and a biological hazard.
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) April 16, 2020
Try using earth!
Which of the following is NOT a synonym for earth?
How to use earth in a sentence
While shares of Gamestop are now coming down to earth at about $50 apiece, the former rally’s impact has been far from negligible.Reddit gets a Gamestop boost|Lucinda Shen|February 9, 2021|Fortune
In recent standoffs, the NBA has been willing to move heaven and earth to maximize its television revenue.Four options for an NBA All-Star Game that the star players don’t seem to want|Ben Golliver|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
With only one mining firm currently producing rare earths in the US, Round Top—which the company hopes to have in operation by 2023—would play a significant role in helping diversify supplies.The US is taking steps towards breaking China’s rare earths monopoly|Mary Hui|February 5, 2021|Quartz
Sophie Murguia, assistant editorThere are some writers you discover and subsequently decide you must follow to the ends of the earth.Everything Our Editors Loved in January|The Editors|February 4, 2021|Outside Online
Over the past several decades, China has built up and cemented its dominance in global rare earths, and at its peak the country accounted for almost 98% of the world’s raw rare earths production.China is feeling insecure about its global rare earths dominance|Mary Hui|January 28, 2021|Quartz
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.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light|Mike Barnicle|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Once giants walked this earth, and some of them were Democrats.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats|Joel Kotkin|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The most High hath created medicines out of the earth, and a wise man will not abhor them.
The Majesty on high has a colony and a people on earth, which otherwise is under the supremacy of the Evil One.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
All things that are of the earth, shall return to the earth again, and all waters shall return to the sea.
It was difficult, with the mean appliances of the time, to wring subsistence from the reluctant earth.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
He felt himself the meanest, vilest thing a-crawl upon this sinful earth, and she—dear God!St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for 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
Scientific definitions for earth
Cultural definitions for earth
notes for Earth
notes for Earth
notes for Earth
notes for Earth
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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.