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parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb, intransitive verb
cover ground, get off the ground
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the earth's solid surface; land.
The leaves fell to the ground.
earth, land, soil, terra firma
similar words:
clay, loam, shore, sod, terrain, turf
definition 2: dirt; earth.
First you prepare the ground for planting the seeds.
dirt, earth, soil
similar words:
clay, loam, sod, turf
definition 3: (often pl.) a plot of land serving a special purpose.
These woods are part of the grounds of the estate.This area of land will serve as the grounds for the festival.
acres, property, tract
similar words:
commons, estate, farm, land, park, plot, sod, terrain, turf
definition 4: (often pl.) the basis of an argument or stated position.
The theory is claimed to be based on scientific grounds.On what grounds are you making this complaint?Cruelty is a ground for divorce.
basis, foundation, rationale, reason, root
similar words:
argument, base, evidence, premise, proof, warrant
definition 5: an electrically conducting body, such as the earth, that completes an electric circuit.
definition 6: (pl.) sediment, esp. that in coffee.
There were coffee grounds in the bottom of the cup.
dregs, sediment, settlings
similar words:
deposit, lees, precipitate
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phrase: cover ground
phrase: get off the ground
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: on or near the earth's surface.
the ground floor of the building
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definition 2: relating to the ground.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: grounds, grounding, grounded
definition 1: to make the basis for; establish.
He grounded his opinion in facts.His life's philosophy was grounded in his difficult childhood.
base, establish, found, institute, predicate
similar words:
consolidate, organize, settle
definition 2: to run (a ship or boat) against the ground.
beach, strand
definition 3: to connect (a wire or the like) to an electrical ground.
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definition 4: to prevent (an airplane or pilot) from flying.
similar words:
limit, restrict
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to come down to or strike the ground.
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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.
  • Our family bought some land to start a farm.
  • The leaves fell to the ground.
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