Definition of earthbound in English:


Syllabification: earth·bound
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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