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ground1

ground1

 
pronunciation:
graUnd
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the earth's solid surface; land.
synonyms:
earth, land, soil
similar words:
clay, shore, sod, terrain, turf
definition 2: (often plural) a piece of land that has a special purpose.
There are several gardens on the grounds of the estate.
synonyms:
property, tract
similar words:
commons, estate, farm, land, park, plot, sod, terrain, turf
definition 3: (sometimes plural) the reason or basis for saying or doing something.
What are the grounds for your argument?
synonyms:
basis, foundation, reason, root
similar words:
argument, base, evidence, premise, proof
definition 4: (always plural: grounds) tiny bits that settle at the bottom of a liquid.
There were coffee grounds in the bottom of the cup.
synonyms:
dregs, sediment
similar words:
deposit
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: grounded, grounding, grounds
definition 1: to make the basis for; establish.
He grounded his argument in facts.
synonyms:
base, establish, institute
similar words:
consolidate, organize, settle
definition 2: to run against the ground.
We grounded the boat on the beach.
synonyms:
beach, strand
definition 3: to connect to an electrical ground.
The farmer grounded his barn with a lightning rod to protect it from fire.
similar words:
connect
definition 4: to keep from flying.
Bad weather grounded the airplane.
similar words:
limit, restrict
ground or land?
Use land when talking or writing about a part of the earth that is not water. Use ground when talking or writing about the surface of the earth, not the air.
Compare:
  • Our family bought some land to start a farm.
  • The leaves fell to the ground.
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