Definition of aground in English:


Line breaks: aground
Pronunciation: /əˈɡraʊnd

adjective& adverb

(With reference to a ship) on or on to the bottom in shallow water: [as adverb]: the ships must slow to avoid running aground [as predicative adjective]: a cargo ship aground in the Pentland Firth
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.


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

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