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GROUND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ground mean? 

GROUND (noun)
  The noun GROUND has 11 senses:

1. the solid part of the earth's surface
2. a rational motive for a belief or action
3. the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface
4. a relation that provides the foundation for something
5. a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)
6. the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
7. material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
8. a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused
9. a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)
10. (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting
11. the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface

  Familiarity information: GROUND used as a noun is familiar.


GROUND (verb)
  The verb GROUND has 12 senses:

1. fix firmly and stably
2. confine or restrict to the ground
3. place or put on the ground
4. instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
5. bring to the ground
6. hit or reach the ground
7. throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
8. hit a groundball
9. hit onto the ground
10. cover with a primer; apply a primer to
11. connect to a ground
12. use as a basis for; found on

  Familiarity information: GROUND used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


GROUND (noun)


Sense 1ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The solid part of the earth's surface

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

dry land; terra firma; ground; solid ground; land; earth

Context examples:

the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land / the earth shook for several minutes / he dropped the logs on the ground

Hypernyms ("ground" is a kind of...):

object; physical object (a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ground"):

landmass (a large continuous extent of land)

mainland (the main land mass of a country or continent; as distinguished from an island or peninsula)

neck (a narrow elongated projecting strip of land)

oxbow (the land inside an oxbow bend in a river)

peninsula (a large mass of land projecting into a body of water)

champaign; field; plain (extensive tract of level open land)

slash (an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind))

wonderland (a place or scene of great or strange beauty or wonder)

isthmus (a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas)

island (a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water)

forest; timber; timberland; woodland (land that is covered with trees and shrubs)

archipelago (a group of many islands in a large body of water)

beachfront (a strip of land running along a beach)

cape; ness (a strip of land projecting into a body of water)

coastal plain (a plain adjacent to a coast)

floor (the ground on which people and animals move about)

foreland (land forming the forward margin of something)

Instance hyponyms:

America (North America and South America and Central America)

Holonyms ("ground" is a part of...):

Earth; globe; world (the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on)


Sense 2ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rational motive for a belief or action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting goals

Synonyms:

reason; ground

Context examples:

the reason that war was declared / the grounds for their declaration

Hypernyms ("ground" is a kind of...):

rational motive (a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ground"):

occasion (reason)

account; score (grounds)

wherefore; why (the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase 'the whys and wherefores')


Sense 3ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

earth; ground

Context example:

they dug into the earth outside the church

Hypernyms ("ground" is a kind of...):

material; stuff (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ground"):

dirt; soil (the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock)

saprolite (a deposit of clay and disintegrating rock that is found in its original place)

diatomaceous earth; diatomite; kieselguhr (a light soil consisting of siliceous diatom remains and often used as a filtering material)

moraine (accumulated earth and stones deposited by a glacier)


Sense 4ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A relation that provides the foundation for something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

basis; footing; ground

Context examples:

they were on a friendly footing / he worked on an interim basis

Hypernyms ("ground" is a kind of...):

foundation (the basis on which something is grounded)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ground"):

common ground (a basis agreed to by all parties for reaching a mutual understanding)


Sense 5ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Context examples:

they gained ground step by step / they fought to regain the lost ground

Hypernyms ("ground" is a kind of...):

military position; position (a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons)


Sense 6ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

background; ground

Context example:

he posed her against a background of rolling hills

Hypernyms ("ground" is a kind of...):

aspect; panorama; prospect; scene; view; vista (the visual percept of a region)


Sense 7ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

land; soil; ground

Context examples:

the land had never been plowed / good agricultural soil

Hypernyms ("ground" is a kind of...):

object; physical object (a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ground"):

wetland (a low area where the land is saturated with water)

greensward; sod; sward; turf (surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots)

scablands ((geology) flat elevated land with poor soil and little vegetation that is scarred by dry channels of glacial origin (especially in eastern Washington))

rangeland (land suitable for grazing livestock)

polder (low-lying land that has been reclaimed and is protected by dikes (especially in the Netherlands))

permafrost (ground that is permanently frozen)

overburden (the surface soil that must be moved away to get at coal seams and mineral deposits)

cultivated land; farmland; ploughland; plowland; tillage; tilled land; tilth (arable land that is worked by plowing and sowing and raising crops)

coastland (land in a coastal area)

bottom; bottomland (low-lying alluvial land near a river)

badlands (deeply eroded barren land)


Sense 8ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("ground" is a kind of...):

percept; perception; perceptual experience (the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept)

Antonym:

figure (a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground)


Sense 9ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

earth; ground

Hypernyms ("ground" is a kind of...):

connecter; connection; connective; connector; connexion (an instrumentality that connects)

Domain category:

electricity (a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons)


Sense 10ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("ground" is a kind of...):

surface (the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary)

Domain category:

art; artistic creation; artistic production (the creation of beautiful or significant things)


Sense 11ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

flat coat; priming coat; primer coat; undercoat; priming; primer; ground

Hypernyms ("ground" is a kind of...):

coat of paint (a layer of paint covering something else)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ground"):

couch (a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer)


GROUND (verb)


Sense 1ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fix firmly and stably

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

anchor; ground

Context example:

anchor the lamppost in concrete

Hypernyms (to "ground" is one way to...):

fasten; fix; secure (cause to be firmly attached)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Confine or restrict to the ground

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot

Hypernyms (to "ground" is one way to...):

confine; hold; restrain (to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place or put on the ground

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "ground" is one way to...):

lay; place; pose; position; put; set (put into a certain place or abstract location)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "ground" is one way to...):

instruct; learn; teach (impart skills or knowledge to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring to the ground

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

run aground; ground

Context example:

the storm grounded the ship

Hypernyms (to "ground" is one way to...):

land (bring ashore)

Cause:

ground; run aground (hit or reach the ground)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hit or reach the ground

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

run aground; ground

Hypernyms (to "ground" is one way to...):

arrive at; attain; gain; hit; make; reach (reach a destination, either real or abstract)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 7ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "ground" is one way to...):

throw (project through the air)

Domain category:

football; football game (any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 8ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hit a groundball

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

he grounded to the second baseman

Hypernyms (to "ground" is one way to...):

hit (cause to move by striking)

Domain category:

baseball; baseball game (a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs)

Sentence frame:

It is ----ing


Sense 9ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hit onto the ground

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "ground" is one way to...):

hit (cause to move by striking)

Domain category:

baseball; baseball game (a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 10ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover with a primer; apply a primer to

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

undercoat; prime; ground

Hypernyms (to "ground" is one way to...):

paint (apply paint to; coat with paint)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They want to ground the doors


Sense 11ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Connect to a ground

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

ground the electrical connections for safety reasons

Hypernyms (to "ground" is one way to...):

connect; link; link up; tie (connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "ground"):

earth (connect to the earth)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 12ground [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Use as a basis for; found on

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

base; found; establish; ground

Context example:

base a claim on some observation

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "ground"):

build (found or ground)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


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