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English noun: ground

1. ground (object) the solid part of the earth's surface


SamplesThe plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land.
The earth shook for several minutes.
He dropped the logs on the ground.


Synonymsdry land, earth, land, solid ground, terra firma


Broader (hypernym)object, physical object


Narrower (hyponym)archipelago, beachfront, cape, champaign, coastal plain, field, floor, foreland, forest, island, isthmus, land mass, landmass, mainland, neck, ness, oxbow, peninsula, plain, slash, timber, timberland, wonderland, woodland


Instance hyponymAmerica


Part meronymEarth, globe, world

2. ground (motive) a rational motive for a belief or action


SamplesThe reason that war was declared.
The grounds for their declaration.


Synonymsreason


Broader (hypernym)rational motive


Narrower (hyponym)account, occasion, score, wherefore, why

3. ground (substance) the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface


SamplesThey dug into the earth outside the church.


Synonymsearth


Broader (hypernym)material, stuff


Narrower (hyponym)diatomaceous earth, diatomite, dirt, kieselguhr, moraine, saprolite, soil

4. ground a relation that provides the foundation for something


SamplesThey were on a friendly footing.
He worked on an interim basis.


Synonymsbasis, footing


Broader (hypernym)foundation


Narrower (hyponym)common ground

5. ground (location) a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)


SamplesThey gained ground step by step.
They fought to regain the lost ground.


Broader (hypernym)military position, position

6. ground (cognition) the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground


SamplesHe posed her against a background of rolling hills.


Synonymsbackground


Broader (hypernym)aspect, panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista

7. ground (object) material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)


SamplesThe land had never been plowed.
Good agricultural soil.


Synonymsland, soil


Broader (hypernym)object, physical object


Narrower (hyponym)badlands, bottom, bottomland, coastland, cultivated land, farmland, greensward, overburden, permafrost, ploughland, plowland, polder, rangeland, scablands, sod, sward, tillage, tilled land, tilth, turf, wetland

8. ground (cognition) a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused


Broader (hypernym)percept, perception, perceptual experience


Antonymsfigure

9. ground (artifact) a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)


Synonymsearth


Broader (hypernym)connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion


Domain categoryelectricity

10. ground (artifact) (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting


Broader (hypernym)surface


Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

11. ground (artifact) the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface


Synonymsflat coat, primer, primer coat, priming, priming coat, undercoat


Broader (hypernym)coat of paint


Narrower (hyponym)couch


English verb: ground

1. ground (contact) fix firmly and stably


SamplesAnchor the lamppost in concrete.


Synonymsanchor


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

2. ground (contact) confine or restrict to the ground


SamplesAfter the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)confine, hold, restrain

3. ground (contact) place or put on the ground


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

4. ground (communication) instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)instruct, learn, teach

5. ground (motion) bring to the ground


SamplesThe storm grounded the ship.


Synonymsrun aground, strand


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)land


Causeground, run aground

6. ground (motion) hit or reach the ground


Synonymsrun aground


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)arrive at, attain, gain, hit, make, reach

7. ground (contact) throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)throw


Verb groupground


Domain categoryfootball, football game

8. ground (contact) hit a groundball


SamplesHe grounded to the second baseman.


Pattern of useIt is ----ing


Broader (hypernym)hit


Verb groupground


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

9. ground (contact) hit onto the ground


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hit


Verb groupground, ground


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

10. ground (contact) cover with a primer; apply a primer to


ExamplesThey want to ground the doors


Synonymsprime, undercoat


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)paint

11. ground (contact) connect to a ground


SamplesGround the electrical connections for safety reasons.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)connect, link, link up, tie


Narrower (hyponym)earth

12. ground (cognition) use as a basis for; found on


SamplesBase a claim on some observation.


Synonymsbase, establish, found


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Narrower (hyponym)build









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