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  Definition of ground
  1. the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
  2. (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting
  3. a connection between an electrical device and the earth (which is a zero voltage)
  4. a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused
  5. the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; "he posed her against a background of rolling hills"
  6. a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle); "they gained ground step by step"; "they fought to regain the lost ground"
  7. a rational motive for a belief or action; "the reason that war was declared"; "the grounds for their declaration"
  8. the solid part of the earth''s surface; "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"
  9. 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"; "good agricultural soil"
  10. a relation that provides the foundation for something; "they were on a friendly footing"; "he worked on an interim basis"
  11. the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface; "they dug into the earth outside the church"
  12. use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation"
  13. instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
  14. connect to a ground; "ground the electrical connections for safety reasons"
  15. fix firmly and stably; "anchor the lamppost in concrete"
  16. cover with a primer; apply a primer to
  17. hit onto the ground
  18. hit a groundball; "he grounded to the second baseman"
  19. throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
  20. place or put on the ground
  21. confine or restrict to the ground; "After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot"
  22. hit or reach the ground
  23. bring to the ground; "the storm grounded the ship"
  24. broken or pounded into small fragments; used of e.g. ore or stone; "paved with crushed bluestone"; "ground glass is used as an abrasive"
Similar Words: flat coat, primer, priming, primer coat, priming coat, undercoat, earth, background, reason, land, dry land, solid ground, terra firma, soil, footing, basis, establish, base, found, anchor, prime, run aground, crushed


Hyponyms: couch, occasion, score, account, why, wherefore, America, the Americas, archipelago, beachfront, cape, ness, coastal plain, floor, foreland, forest, woodland, timberland, timber, hills, island, isthmus, landmass, mainland, neck, oxbow, peninsula, plain, field, champaign, slash, wonderland, badlands, bottomland, bottom, coastland, cultivated land, farmland, plowland, ploughland, tilled land, tillage, tilth, overburden, permafrost, rangeland, turf, sod, sward, greensward, wetland, common ground, moraine, diatomaceous earth, diatomite, kieselguhr, saprolite, soil, dirt, build, earth


Part Meronyms: Earth, world, globe


Derivational Morphology: prime, undercoat, establish, base, found, reason, reason out, conclude, run aground, earth, down, shoot down, land, set ashore, shore, put down, bring down, set down, foundation, basis, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone, grounding, earthing, anchor, mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin, lynchpin, underseal, flat coat, primer, priming, primer coat, priming coat, dry land, solid ground, terra firma, grounder, ground ball, groundball, hopper


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