- a coating of some substance serving as a surface for paint, ink, or other media in art: Lead white is a traditional ground for oil paintings.
- ground color (def. 2).
- a strip of wood to which woodwork can be attached, set flush with the plaster finish of a room.
- a strip of wood or length of corner bead used at an opening as a stop for plasterwork.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to hit a ground ball.
- to ground out.
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Idioms for ground
- to plow.
- to begin excavation for a construction project.
- to begin upon or take preparatory measures for any undertaking.
- to pass or travel over a certain area.
- to make a certain amount of progress in dealing with a piece of work, subject, treatise, or the like: He talked for two hours without covering much ground.
- gradually from the most elementary level to the highest level: She learned the business from the ground up.
- extensively; thoroughly: The professor knew his subject from the ground up.
- to make progress; advance.
- to gain approval or acceptance: The case for air-pollution control is gaining ground throughout the country.
- to retreat or be forced back.
- to lose one's advantage; suffer a reverse.
- to wane in popularity or acceptance; begin to fail: Our candidate is losing ground in industrial areas.
- into a den, burrow, shelter, or the like: a fox gone to ground.
- into concealment or hiding: Rather than take the witness stand, she went to ground in another country.
Origin of ground1
OTHER WORDS FROM ground
Words nearby ground
Definition for ground (2 of 2)
Origin of ground2
How to use ground in a sentence
His brother was a miner, and Stearns himself spent a year below ground.A day’s drive from Chicago, exploring a very different Illinois|Carson Vaughan|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
However, the group revised its policy later that year so that an English bird name that causes “sufficient offense” could be changed solely on those grounds.Inside the Movement to Abolish Colonialist Bird Names|Nathalie Alonso|February 12, 2021|Outside Online
Those echoes, scientists say, occur as the whale’s call bounces off of rock layers within Earth’s crust — producing seismic images of the layers similar to those obtained by aiming sound waves at the ground with an air gun.Fin whale songs can reveal hidden features of the ocean floor|Carolyn Gramling|February 11, 2021|Science News
It’s another three hours toward the Texas border to reach New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park, where you can tour several of the underground caves on your own, along with miles of above-ground hiking trails across the Chihuahuan Desert.
Whatever rabbit hole I had fallen down, the flavor was familiar enough to be grounding.‘Cereal snacks’ are just bigger cereal for people too lazy to add milk|Emily Heil|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
For every nanosecond that I miraculously lift off the ground, I land with an inordinately loud thud.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That article noted that the F-35 does not currently have the ability to down-link live video to ground troops,.
That ground hold was to stop you flying through weather that could kill you and everyone else aboard.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Eighty-ninth Congress was potentially more fertile ground for the broad range of controversial programs on his dream agenda.
“I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on,” Carson tells Mrs. Hughes with trepidation.
A desultory conversation on politics, in which neither took the slightest interest, was a safe neutral ground.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
He didn't need to wait—as the birds did—until an angleworm stuck his head above ground.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
The Vine is a universal favorite, and rarely out of view; while it often seems to cover half the ground in sight.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Entrez donc, 'tis the work of one of your compatriots; and here, though a heretic, you may consider yourself on English ground.
Then the enemy's howitzers and field guns had it all their own way, forcing attack to yield a lot of ground.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for ground (1 of 2)
- the prepared surface applied to the support of a painting, such as a wall, canvas, etc, to prevent it reacting with or absorbing the paint
- the support of a painting
- the background of a painting or main surface against which the other parts of a work of art appear superimposed
- the first coat of paint applied to a surface
- (as modifier)ground colour
- the area from the popping crease back past the stumps, in which a batsman may legally stand
- ground staff
- a connection between an electrical circuit or device and the earth, which is at zero potential
- Also called: earth a terminal to which this connection is made
- (of a ship) to strike the sea bed
- to arrive at something solid or stable after discussing or dealing with topics that are abstract or inconclusive
Word Origin for ground
British Dictionary definitions for ground (2 of 2)
Scientific definitions for ground
Idioms and Phrases with ground
In addition to the idioms beginning with ground
- ground floor, get in on the
- ground rules
- 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