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Ground appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • How much ground could a grounghog grind if a groundhog could grind ground?
  • How much ground would a groundhog hog, if a groundhog could hog ground? A groundhog would hog all the ground he could hog, if a groundhog could hog ground.
  • A tree toad loved a she-toad,
    Who lived up in a tree.
    He was a three-toed tree toad,
    But a two-toed toad was she.
    The three-toed tree toad tried to win,
    The two-toed she-toad's heart,
    For the three-toed tree toad loved the ground,
    That the two-toed tree toad trod.
    But the three-toed tree toad tried in vain.
    He couldn't please her whim.
    From her tree toad bower,
    With her two-toed power,
    The she-toad vetoed him.

Usage statistics for the noun ground:

spoken English30.18%written English69.82% conversational speech29.35%task-oriented speech70.65% imaginative writing47.64%informational writing52.36%
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The word ground is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun ground

What does ground mean as a name of something?

Ground is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: grounds

  1. the solid part of the earth's surface
    • example: he dropped the logs on the ground
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonyms of ground: dry land / earth / land / solid ground / terra firma
    • more generic terms: object / physical object = a tangible and visible entity
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • timberland / woodland / forest / timber = land that is covered with trees and shrubs
      • island = a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
      • isthmus = a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas
      • land mass / landmass = a large continuous extent of land
      • mainland = the main land mass of a country or continent
      • 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
      • wonderland = a place or scene of great or strange beauty or wonder
    • instance: America = North America and South America and Central America
    • part of: earth / globe / world = the 3rd planet from the sun
  2. a rational motive for a belief or action
    • example: the grounds for their declaration
    • lexical domain: Motives - nouns denoting goals
    • synonym of ground: reason
    • more generic term: rational motive = a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument
    • more specific words:
      • occasion = reason
      • account / score = grounds
      • wherefore / why = the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'
  3. the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of ground: earth
    • more generic words: material / stuff = the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
    • more specific terms:
      • moraine = accumulated earth and stones deposited by a glacier
      • diatomaceous earth / kieselguhr / diatomite = a light soil consisting of siliceous diatom remains and often used as a filtering material
      • saprolite = a deposit of clay and disintegrating rock that is found in its original place
      • dirt / soil = the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
  4. a relation that provides the foundation for something
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • synonyms of ground: basis / footing
    • more generic word: foundation = the basis on which something is grounded
    • more specific term: common ground = a basis agreed to by all parties for reaching a mutual understanding
  5. a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)
    • examples: they gained ground step by step | they fought to regain the lost ground
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic terms: military position / position = a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons
  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

Alternative definition of the noun ground


  1. [uncountable] The surface of the Earth, as opposed to the sky or water or underground.
  2. [uncountable] Terrain.
  3. [uncountable] Soil, earth.
  4. [countable] The bottom of a body of water.
  5. Basis, foundation, groundwork, legwork.
  6. Background, context, framework, surroundings.
  7. [countable] A soccer stadium.
  8. [electricity, Canadian, and, US] An electrical conductor connected to the ground.
  9. [electricity, Canadian, and, US] A level of electrical potential used as a zero reference.
  10. [countable, 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)

Specialised definition of the noun ground

Glossary of sports / cricket

a batsman's ground is the space behind the popping crease with which the batsman must be in touch by bat or person if he is not to be stumped or run out (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective ground

What does ground mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. Crushed, or reduced to small particles.
  2. Processed by grinding.

Definition of the verb ground

What does ground mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: grounded | grounding | grounds

  1. fix firmly and stably
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - human or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Lydia pocketed the change
      [Agent - human or organization] [Verb] [Theme] in / on / under [Location]Lydia pocketed the change in her left pocket
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb]The plane landed
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Location]I landed there
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] in / on / under [Location]I landed in Russia

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): berth, dock, drydock, land, lodge, stable.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of ground: anchor
    • more generic words: fasten / fix / secure = cause to be firmly attached
  2. confine or restrict to the ground
    • example: After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: confine / constrain / hold / restrain = to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement
  3. place or put on the ground
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
  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
    • example: he grounded to the second baseman
    • domain: ball / baseball / baseball game
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: hit = cause to move by striking
  9. hit onto the ground
  10. cover with a primer; apply a primer to
    • example: They want to ground the doors
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of ground: prime / undercoat
    • more generic word: paint = apply paint to
  11. connect to a ground
    • example: ground the electrical connections for safety reasons
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: connect / link / link up / tie = connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces
    • more specific word: earth = connect to the earth
  12. use as a basis for; found on
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme 1] on [Theme 2]We based our plans on his information
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme 1] on [Theme 2, accusative with -ing]They based their plans on him getting in on time
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme 1] on [Theme 2, possessive with -ing]They based their plan on his seizing the base
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme 1] on [Theme 2, wh-complement clause]They based their decision on whether he happened to come or not

      Verbs of Basing (with the same syntax): base, build, construe, establish, format, found.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of ground: base / establish / found
    • more specific word: build = found or ground

Alternative definition of the verb ground


  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.
  3. [transitive] To forbid (an aircraft or pilot) to fly.
  4. To gain a basic education (of a particular subject).
  5. [baseball] to hit a ground ball; to hit a ground ball which results in an out. Compare fly (verb(regular)) and line (verb).
  6. [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
  7. past of grind

Phrases with Ground

Phrases starting with the word Ground:

  1. Ground Bar
  2. ground fir
  3. ground ivy
  4. ground out
  5. Ground-ivy
  6. ground bait
  7. ground ball
  8. ground bass
  9. ground beef
  10. ground crew
  11. ground fire
  12. ground game
  13. ground loop
  14. Ground Nama
  15. ground pine
  16. ground pink

Phrases ending with the word Ground:

  1. to ground
  2. bed ground
  3. bed-ground
  4. gain ground

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Ground

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Google previewWithout Site Investigation, Ground is a Hazard (1993)

by Site Investigation Steering Group

Associates, Environmental Specialists Without site investigation ground is a hazard This document has 45.

Google previewGreat Lakes & Rugged Ground (2010)

Imagining Ontario by Sarah N. Harvey

Combining evocative haiku, informative text and luminous illustrations, Great Lakes and Rugged Ground is a celebration, for our youngest readers, of more than four hundred years of Ontario's history.

Google previewLectures on Metaphysics (2001)

by Immanuel Kant, Karl Ameriks, Steve Naragon

A ground is that whereby, 28:549 when it is posited, another thing is determinately posited <ratio est id, quo posito determinate ponitur aliud>;. But there are cases where something is posited, and another thing is posited after, yet where the ...

Google previewDisarmament and Economic Development (1966)

by Richard Anderson Falk, Samuel S. Kim, Saul H. Mendlovitz

The first ground is that disarmament contributes to international security: that armaments, or particular kinds or levels of armaments, or armaments races,

The third ground is the moral one: that war, or THE OBJECTIVES OF ARMS CONTROL.

Google previewObjections to Phrenology. Being the substance of a series of papers communicated to the Calcutta Phrenological Society, etc (1829)

by David DRUMMOND (of the Durrumtollah Academy.)

The third ground is that of experience, by which we find that other sects of worshippers are engaged in disputes, and sometimes even in wars one with unother ; for as, among the difl'erent sccls that worship God under particular names and ...

Google previewThe Resurrection of Theism (2009)

Prolegomena to Christian Apology by Stuart C. Hackett

since the effect to be accounted for is itself finiteā€”a finite universe does not require explana~ tion by positing the existence of an absolutely infinite being; the second ground is that any argument to a first cause, being based on experience, ...

Google previewIllustrated Encyclopedia of Applied and Engineering Physics, Three-Volume Set (2017)

by Robert Splinter

G Ground state Ground state [atomic, general, solid-state, thermodynamics] Stable energy configuration for atomic or molecular configuration with respect to the lowest level of energy that does not allow for perturbations. Any energy levels ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1987)

Volume 18 - Supplement 3: Computers in SPateflight: The NASA Experience by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

Ground-Based. Computers. For. Spaceflight. Operations. NASA's ground computer systems are characterized by large size, by the implementation of real- time programming, and by the use of many computers connected together. The need for ...

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Usage statistics about ground

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun ground:

spoken English30.18%written English69.82% conversational speech29.35%task-oriented speech70.65% imaginative writing47.64%informational writing52.36%

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Sign language

Kenyan Sign Language: Ground

oth hands are in Full Closed Handshapes with palms facing down. Hands start side by side and move out away from one another in a straight line. Memory Aid: ...

Quotes about Ground

No sensible man watches his feet hit the ground. He looks ahead to see what kind of ground they'll hit next. (Ernest Haycox)
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Scrabble value of G2R1O1U1N1D2

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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