Definition of aground in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈɡround/

adjective& adverb

(With reference to a ship) on or onto the bottom in shallow water: [as adverb]: the ships must slow to avoid running aground [as predicative adjective]: a cargo ship aground in the Mediterranean
More example sentences
  • There was no chance of saving the ship and by low water she was hard aground, her propellers embedded in the sand.
  • This cargo ship ran aground on the shallow rocks during the 1960s.
  • When ships go aground for failing to observe the dates of low water level, they might have to wait weeks before new water arrives to lift them off the sand banks.
grounded, ashore, beached, stuck, shipwrecked, high and dry, on the rocks, on the ground/bottom


Middle English (in the sense 'on the ground'): from a-2 'on' + ground1.

Words that rhyme with aground

abound, around, astound, bound, compound, confound, dumbfound, expound, found, ground, hound, impound, interwound, mound, pound, profound, propound, redound, round, sound, stoneground, surround, theatre-in-the-round (US theater-in-the-round), underground, wound

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Syllabification: a·ground

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