- 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
Definition for ground (2 of 2)
Origin of ground2
Example sentences from the Web for ground
They do this, Rogers explains, by forcing coastal wetlands to store carbon below ground and within the living plants.Soggy coastal soils? Here’s why ecologists love them|Alison Pearce Stevens|September 17, 2020|Science News For Students
This is where the golden spike is driven—ground zero for a major course change in Earth history.
There are rovers tasked with understanding organics on the ground and looking for signs of life.
They focused on his feet positioning on sprints, having him start either on the ground or with his two feet on a line, as opposed to a natural sprinting position with one foot in front of the other.A Canadian Teenager Is One Of The Fastest Soccer Players In The World|Julian McKenzie|September 16, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Hoist the bag up until the cache hangs at least 12 feet off the ground and five feet below the branch.This essential survival tool can save your life 10 different ways|By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life|September 15, 2020|Popular Science
But for me, this admittance of uncertainty and doubts grounds Serial in reality.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End|Emily Shire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By 27 September, there were 1,400 people in the grounds of the embassy, creating a small humanitarian crisis.
Though this might easily have been grounds for dismissal or reassignment, nothing of the sort happened.
“They cannot go to the European Court because they have no grounds,” she says.In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU|Anthony Haden-Guest|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Green-Wood has its own catacombs, which grounds keepers will unlock for tour groups.
The tea was all laid on tables in the garden, and the sausages were cooking over a fire made on the grounds.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
He has taken down its fences, and "boulevarded" its grounds till it merges into those of his neighbors.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
I've seen him prowling about the grounds: and the night of the marriage he was mounted up at the chapel window.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
He was hurrying towards the corner of the palace grounds when a shriek from Winifred set his teeth on edge.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
But for the trees, these sullen skies and level grounds would render England dreary enough.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
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