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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Definition for gain ground (2 of 2)

gain

1
[ geyn ]
/ geɪn /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Origin of gain

1
1425–75; late Middle English (noun) < Middle French, contraction of Old French gaaing, noun derivative of gaaignier to till, earn, win < Germanic; compare Old High German weidanōn to hunt, forage for food
SYNONYMS FOR gain
1 procure. Gain, attain, earn, win imply obtaining a reward or something advantageous. Gain carries the least suggestion of method or of effort expended. Attain emphasizes the reaching of a goal. Earn emphasizes the exertions and labor expended that deserve reward. Win emphasizes attainment in spite of competition or opposition.
7 attain.
13 addition, increment, acquisition.
Related formsgain·a·ble, adjectiveun·gain·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gain ground (1 of 5)

GAIN

/ (ɡeɪn) /

n acronym for (in Canada)

Guaranteed Annual Income

British Dictionary definitions for gain ground (2 of 5)

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

British Dictionary definitions for gain ground (3 of 5)

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

British Dictionary definitions for gain ground (4 of 5)

gain

1
/ (ɡeɪn) /

verb

noun

See also gains
Derived Formsgainable, adjective

Word Origin for gain

C15: from Old French gaaignier, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German weidenen to forage, hunt

British Dictionary definitions for gain ground (5 of 5)

gain

2
/ (ɡeɪn) /

noun

a notch, mortise, or groove, esp one cut to take the flap of a butt hinge

verb

(tr) to cut a gain or gains in

Word Origin for gain

C17: of obscure origin
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Medicine definitions for gain ground

gain

[ gān ]

n.

An increase in amount or degree.
Progress; advancement.
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Science definitions for gain 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 gain ground (1 of 3)

gain ground


1

Advance, make progress; also, win acceptance. For example, The new conservation policy is gaining ground among the voters. This expression alludes to a military advance in which an army literally takes territory from the enemy. Its figurative use dates from about 1800. For an antonym, see lose ground.

2

gain ground on or upon. Encroach on, advance at the expense of. For example, Door-to-door canvassing helped them gain ground on the opposition.

Idioms and Phrases with gain ground (2 of 3)

gain


In addition to the idiom beginning with gain

  • gain ground

also see:

  • ill-gotten gains
  • no pain, no gain
  • nothing ventured, nothing gained

Idioms and Phrases with gain ground (3 of 3)

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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