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[ ground-brey-king ]


  1. the act or ceremony of breaking ground for a new construction project.


  1. of or relating to such a ceremony.
  2. originating or pioneering a new endeavor, field of inquiry, or the like:

    Pasteur's groundbreaking work in bacteriology.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of groundbreaking1

First recorded in 1905–10; ground 1 + break + -ing 1, -ing 2

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Example Sentences

While Nobel prizes are often granted for work done decades ago—that’s typically how long it takes for a finding to prove to be truly groundbreaking for the field—Doudna and Charpentier made these contributions just a few years ago.

Doudna’s groundbreaking paper on CRISPR was published in 2012, and Oakes immediately saw the potential, so he joined her lab at Berkeley.

Adding a time element to data content may not seem groundbreaking, but it can be overlooked when hunting for takeaways.

Meanwhile, China is spending billions of dollars of its own and publishing groundbreaking experiments headed by its leading scientific light, the quantum physicist Pan Jianwei.

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Pat Brown is a long-time Stanford biomedical researcher who’s done groundbreaking work in genetics.

It marked a groundbreaking moment in how the country viewed Jews, especially Jewish women.

She is groundbreaking on the problem of methane leaks in natural-gas fracking, an exception that swallows the rule.

The ABC comedy, while still entertaining, stopped being groundbreaking long ago, and serves largely as comedy comfort food.

This is number four on my list, and it is politically groundbreaking.

The lab has amassed over 60,000 DNA samples and pioneered some groundbreaking scientific advances.

This was a time of many innovations and groundbreaking scientific theories.


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