- 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.
- 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
Definition for grounding (2 of 2)
Origin of ground2
Examples from the Web for grounding
In grounding the 787, the FAA declared that the fires represented an “unsafe condition.”NTSB Doesn’t Think the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Is Safe Enough to Fly|Clive Irving|May 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The lithium-ion batteries that caused the grounding last year of the entire Boeing 787 fleet weigh 60 pounds on each plane.Flight 370 Was Carrying 440 Pounds of Dangerous Batteries|Clive Irving|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is his place for replenishment, for grounding, for rest, and for joy.Joshua DuBois Got Schooled by Obama, the Marriage Counselor in Chief|Joshua DuBois|October 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One imagines exactly this consideration for the needs of another as grounding his transformation.‘The Attack’ Filmmaker Boycotted for Filming in Israel|Ralph Seliger|June 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yesterday marked the inaugural fulfillment of that grounding vision.
The canoe had been capsized by the shock of grounding, and, but for the assistance of Wilkins, Ruth must have been lost.The Kangaroo Hunters|Anne Bowman
The central-office carbon arrester will operate, grounding the line and increasing the amount of current flowing.Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1|Kempster Miller
The former received a grounding in grammar, reading, and writing.The Curse of Education|Harold E. Gorst
Its object is to restrict the water to such compartments as (through collision or grounding) may have been opened to the sea.An Unsinkable Titanic|John Bernard Walker
When the grounding is finished, cut under the slope, half way up.A Manual of Wood Carving|Charles G. Leland
British Dictionary definitions for grounding (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for grounding (2 of 3)
- 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 grounding (3 of 3)
Science definitions for grounding
Idioms and Phrases with grounding
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