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Etymology 1

Old English grund

Noun

Singular
ground

Plural
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ground ({{{1}}})
  1. The surface of the Earth.
  2. Terrain.
  3. Soil, earth.
    The worm crawls through the ground.
  4. The bottom of a body of water.
  5. Basis, foundation, groundwork, legwork.
  6. Background, context, framework, surroundings.
  7. A soccer stadium.
    Manchester United's ground is known as Old Trafford.
  8. (US) An electrical conductor connected to the ground.
    • The British equivalent is earth.
  9. (US) A level of electrical potential used as a zero reference.
  10. (cricket) The area of grass on which a match is played (a cricket field); the entire arena in which it is played; that part of the field behind a batsman's popping crease where he can not be run out (hence to make one's ground)
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Verb

Infinitive
to ground

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to ground (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To connect (an electrical conductor or device) to a ground.
  2. (transitive) To require a disobedient child to remain at home or refrain from other privileges such as uses of the Internet, phone, TV, or music, usually as a punishment.
    The teenager's father decided to ground him for two weeks after he broke curfew again.
  3. (transitive) To forbid (an aircraft or pilot) to fly.
    Because of the bad weather, all flights were grounded.
  4. (baseball) to hit a ground ball; to hit a ground ball which results in an out. Compare fly (verb(regular)) and line (verb).
    Jones grounded to second in his last at-bat.
  5. (cricket) (of a batsman) to place his bat, or part of his body, on the ground behind the popping crease so as not to be run out
Translations

Etymology 2

Verb

ground

  1. Simple past tense and past participle of grind.
    I ground the coffee up nicely.

Adjective

ground (not comparable)

Positive
ground

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Crushed, or reduced to small particles.
    ground mustard seed
  2. Processed by grinding.
    lenses of ground glass
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