ground meaning

[ graʊnd ] Pronunciation:   "ground" in a sentence
Noun: ground  grawnd
  1. The solid part of the earth's surface
    "he dropped the logs on the ground"
Verb: ground  grawnd
  1. Fix firmly and stably
    - anchor 
  2. Confine or restrict to the ground
    "After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot" 
  3. Place or put on the ground 
  4. Instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject 
  5. Bring to the ground
    "the storm grounded the ship"
    - strand, run aground 
  6. Hit or reach the ground
    - run aground 
  7. Throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage 
  8. Hit a groundball
    "he grounded to the second baseman" 
  9. Hit onto the ground 
  10. Cover with a primer; apply a primer to
    - prime, undercoat 
  11. Connect to a ground
    "ground the electrical connections for safety reasons" 
  12. Use as a basis for; found on
    - establish, base, found
Verb: grind (ground)  grInd
  1. Press or grind with a crushing noise
    - crunch, cranch, craunch 
  2. Make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
    - grate 
  3. Work hard
    - labor [US], labour [Brit, Cdn], toil, fag, travail, drudge, dig, moil [N. Amer] 
  4. Dance by rotating the pelvis in an erotically suggestive way, often while in contact with one's partner such that the dancers' legs are interlaced 
  5. Reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
    "grind the spices in a mortar"
    - mash, crunch, bray [archaic], comminute 
  6. Create by grinding
    "grind designs into the glass bowl" 
  7. Shape or form by grinding
    "grind lenses for glasses and cameras"

Derived forms: grounding, grounds, grounded

See also: grind down, grinder, grinding, grounder, grounding

Type of: arrive at, aspect, attain, break up, coat of paint, confine, connect, connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion [Brit], create, dance, do work, fasten, fix, forge, form, foundation, fragment, fragmentise [Brit], fragmentize, gain, hit, hold, instruct, land, lay, learn, link, link up, make, material, military position, mold [N. Amer], mould [Brit, Cdn], object, paint, panorama, percept, perception, perceptual experience, physical object, place, pose, position, press, prospect, put, rational motive, reach, restrain, scene, secure, set, shape, stuff, surface, teach, throw, tie, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, view, vista, work

Antonym: figure

Part of: Earth, globe, world

Encyclopedia: Grind



A nailing strip fixed in a masonry or concrete wall as a means of attaching wood trim or furring strips; also called a common ground, rough ground, fixing, fixing fillet, fixing slip.


A plaster ground.


The side of an electric circuit connected to the earth, used as a common return.

ground, 2

noun, verb

noun [C, usually pl.]


a good or true reason for saying, doing or believing sth:

You have no grounds for complaint.

He retired from the job on health grounds.

Employers cannot discriminate on grounds of age.

The case was dismissed on the grounds that there was not enough evidence.


drive/run/work sb/yourself into the ground

to work sb/yourself so hard that they or you become extremely tired and unable to work:

She was working herself into the ground.

gain/make up ground


to rise in value:

The yen has gained ground against the euro.


to gradually become more powerful or successful in relation to a competitor:

The supermarket chain is determined to gain ground on its main rival.

get (sth) off the ground

to start happening successfully; to make sth start happening successfully:

Without more money, the project is unlikely to get off the ground.

to get a new company off the ground

give/lose ground (to sb/sth)

to allow sb to have an advantage; to lose an advantage for yourself:

They are not prepared to give ground on tax cuts.

The company has lost a lot of ground to its rival.

hold/stand your ground

to continue with your opinions or intentions when sb is opposing you and wants you to change:

The government has stood its ground despite industry pressure.

Managers must hold their ground and force employees to change working practice.

run/drive sth/sb into the ground

to use sth so much that it is broken or damaged; to make sb work so hard that they are no longer able to work:

The country has been overtaxed and almost run into the ground.

Dan let his business be run into the ground.

BREAK verb, BREAK verb, HIT verb, LOSE verb

verb [+ obj]

to prevent an aircraft from taking off:

All planes out of Heathrow have been grounded by the strikes.

1. The earth in relation to electricity and magnetism.
2. An electrical connection to the earth.
3. The return point in a circuit.
4. A short-circuit to the earth or to a circuit return point.
5. A short-circuit to the metal chassis, case, or panel of a piece of equipment.

past and past part of GRIND


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  1. then he would beat his arms on the ground.
  2. anything grows in this fertile ground.
  3. rain washed channels in the ground.
  4. the hen ate the grains of corn on the ground.
  5. i sat on the ground late in the cool air.

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