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 ground ground

noun

  • () the solid part of the earth's surface  ( dry land, solid ground, terra firma, land, earth, ground )
    the solid part of the earth's surface
     the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land
    the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land
     the earth shook for several minutes
    the earth shook for several minutes
     he dropped the logs on the ground
    he dropped the logs on the ground
  • () a rational motive for a belief or action  ( ground, reason )
    a rational motive for a belief or action
     the reason that war was declared
    the reason that war was declared
     the grounds for their declaration
    the grounds for their declaration
  • () the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface  ( ground, earth )
    the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface
     they dug into the earth outside the church
    they dug into the earth outside the church
  • () the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground  ( ground, background )
    the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
     he posed her against a background of rolling hills
    he posed her against a background of rolling hills
  • () a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)  ( ground )
    a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)
     they gained ground step by step
    they gained ground step by step
     they fought to regain the lost ground
    they fought to regain the lost ground
  • () a relation that provides the foundation for something  ( footing, ground, basis )
    a relation that provides the foundation for something
     they were on a friendly footing
    they were on a friendly footing
     he worked on an interim basis
    he worked on an interim basis
  • the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface  ( flat coat, ground, primer, primer coat, priming, priming coat, undercoat )
    the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
  • (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting  ( ground )
    (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting
  • a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)  ( earth, ground )
    a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)
  • a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused  ( ground )
    a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused
  • material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)  ( ground, soil, land )
    material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
     the land had never been plowed
    the land had never been plowed
     good agricultural soil
    good agricultural soil
  • verb

  • () fix firmly and stably  ( ground, anchor )
    fix firmly and stably
     anchor the lamppost in concrete
    anchor the lamppost in concrete
  • () instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject  ( ground )
    instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
  • () place or put on the ground  ( ground )
    place or put on the ground
  • () confine or restrict to the ground  ( ground )
    confine or restrict to the ground
     After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot
    After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot
  • use as a basis for; found on  ( found, ground, establish, base )
    use as a basis for; found on
     base a claim on some observation
    base a claim on some observation
  • connect to a ground  ( ground )
    connect to a ground
     ground the electrical connections for safety reasons
    ground the electrical connections for safety reasons
  • cover with a primer; apply a primer to  ( ground, prime, undercoat )
    cover with a primer; apply a primer to
  • hit onto the ground  ( ground )
    hit onto the ground
  • hit a groundball  ( ground )
    hit a groundball
     he grounded to the second baseman
    he grounded to the second baseman
  • throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage  ( ground )
    throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
  • hit or reach the ground  ( ground, run aground )
    hit or reach the ground
  • bring to the ground  ( ground, run aground, strand )
    bring to the ground
     the storm grounded the ship
    the storm grounded the ship


  •  grind grind

    noun

  • the act of grinding to a powder or dust  ( grind, mill, pulverisation, pulverization )
    the act of grinding to a powder or dust
  • hard monotonous routine work  ( donkeywork, drudgery, grind, plodding )
    hard monotonous routine work
  • the grade of particle fineness to which a substance is ground  ( grind )
    the grade of particle fineness to which a substance is ground
     a coarse grind of coffee
    a coarse grind of coffee
  • an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious  ( dweeb, grind, nerd, swot, wonk )
    an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious
  • verb

  • () press or grind with a crushing noise  ( cranch, craunch, crunch, grind )
    press or grind with a crushing noise
  • () make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together  ( grate, grind )
    make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
     grate one's teeth in anger
    grate one's teeth in anger
  • () reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading  ( bray, comminute, crunch, mash, grind )
    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
     grind the spices in a mortar
    grind the spices in a mortar
     mash the garlic
    mash the garlic
  • () 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  ( grind )
    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
  • () work hard  ( dig, drudge, fag, labour, moil, travail, grind, labor, toil )
    work hard
     She was digging away at her math homework
    She was digging away at her math homework
     Lexicographers drudge all day long
    Lexicographers drudge all day long
  • shape or form by grinding  ( grind )
    shape or form by grinding
     grind lenses for glasses and cameras
    grind lenses for glasses and cameras
  • created by grinding  ( grind )
    created by grinding
     grind designs into the glass bowl
    grind designs into the glass bowl