Definition of earthbound in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈərTHˌbound/


1Attached or restricted to the earth: a flightless earthbound bird
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  • They present recent advances due largely to the advent of massive earthbound and spaceborne telescopes.
  • So as the star spins around, the beams regularly sweep across earthbound telescopes, much the way a lighthouse beam regularly skims across a coastline.
  • The hawk's presence in the sky encouraged game birds to remain earthbound.
2Attached or limited to material existence as distinct from a spiritual or heavenly one: her earthbound view of the sacrament
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  • In terms of Irish stereotypes, Beowulf seems like a Gaelic rather than a Celtic piece of art - canny, virile and earthbound rather than dreamy, spiritual and involuted.
  • He may have left us but he did leave behind a slice of heaven for us to enjoy while we are still earthbound.
  • Wide and slow-flowing, it washes away all earthbound memories and desires, leaving the spirit clean once again.
2.1Lacking in imaginative reach or drive: an earthbound performance
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  • Kleiber's Ninth is also impressively and tautly conducted although I felt that the performance is slightly earthbound with others bringing a greater sense of purpose and urgency to this most seminal of symphonies.
  • The usual merits of Koopman's no-nonsense way with such works was in evidence but the performance remained disappointingly earthbound.
  • Other conductors such as Solti and Kempe have brought a clarity and power to the work but at the same, their performances were strangely earthbound.
3 (also earth-bound) Moving toward the earth: an earthbound spaceship

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Syllabification: earth·bound

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