Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
  2. (noun, artifact) (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting
  3. (noun, artifact) a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)
  4. (noun, cognition) a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused
  5. (noun, cognition) the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
  6. (noun, location) a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)
    they fought to regain the lost ground
  7. (noun, motive) a rational motive for a belief or action
    the grounds for their declaration
  8. (noun, object) the solid part of the earth's surface
    the earth shook for several minutes
    he dropped the logs on the ground
  9. (noun, object) material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
    good agricultural soil
  10. (noun, linkdef) a relation that provides the foundation for something
    he worked on an interim basis
  11. (noun, substance) the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface
  12. (verb, cognition) use as a basis for; found on
  13. (verb, communication) instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
  14. (verb, contact) connect to a ground
  15. (verb, contact) fix firmly and stably
  16. (verb, contact) cover with a primer; apply a primer to
  17. (verb, contact) hit onto the ground
  18. (verb, contact) hit a groundball
  19. (verb, contact) throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
  20. (verb, contact) place or put on the ground
  21. (verb, contact) confine or restrict to the ground
  22. (verb, motion) hit or reach the ground
  23. (verb, motion) bring to the ground

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Ground


Origin of the word Ground

  1. O.E. grund "foundation, ground, surface of the earth," especially "bottom of the sea" (a sense preserved in run aground), from P.Gmc. *grundus, which seems to have meant "deep place" (cf. O.Fris. grund, Du. grond, Ger. Grund "ground, soil, bottom;" O.N. grunn "a shallow place, grund "field, plain," grunnr "bottom").… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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