soft ground

  1. an etching ground usually mixed with tallow.: Compare hard ground.

  2. a technique of etching in which a design is drawn on paper placed on a plate covered with a soft ground, resulting in a granular effect resembling pencil, chalk, or crayon.

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How to use soft ground in a sentence

  • Now the lads are in the meadow; very soon they feel their feet sinking in the soft ground where the rank grass grows.

  • The animals slid on stiff legs, hoofs plowing the soft ground, raising a cloud of dust which dimmed the riders momentarily.

  • “We shall trace them till we come to soft ground and make certain,” said Biarne.

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  • It abounds in soft ground, in which it can dig with ease, and which furnishes it with a great supply of food.

  • Many of us were killed; others fell upon soft ground and lived.