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ground1 British & World English

The solid surface of the earth

ground2 British & World English

past and past participle of grind.

ground English Thesaurus

she stumbled and then collapsed on the ground

ground in grind British & World English

Reduce (something) to small particles or powder by crushing it

grounds in ground1 British & World English

An area of land or sea used for a specified purpose

run someone/thing to earth British & World English

Chase a quarry to its lair

ground-in British & World English

(Of dirt or a stain) deeply embedded and difficult to remove

blue ground British & World English

Another term for kimberlite.

gain ground British & World English

Become more popular or accepted

give ground British & World English

Retreat or lose one’s advantage during a conflict or competition

ground down British & World English

Exhausted or worn down

ground ball British & World English

A ball hit along the ground

ground bass British & World English

A short theme, usually in the bass, which is constantly repeated as the other parts of the music vary

ground crew British & World English

A team of people who maintain and service an aircraft on the ground

ground dove British & World English

A small dove that spends much of its time on the ground, feeding and frequently nesting there

ground game British & World English

Game animals such as rabbits and hares that live in the ground

ground ivy British & World English

A creeping plant of the mint family, with bluish-purple flowers, native to Europe where it commonly grows on hedge banks and in woodland

ground loop British & World English

A violent, uncontrolled horizontal rotation of an aircraft while landing, taking off, or taxiing

ground pine British & World English

A small yellow-flowered Eurasian plant of the mint family, which resembles a pine seedling in appearance and smell

ground plan British & World English

The plan of a building at ground level

ground rent British & World English

Rent paid under the terms of a lease by the owner of a building to the owner of the land on which it is built

ground rule British & World English

A basic principle

ground run British & World English

The movement of an aircraft along the ground just before takeoff or just after landing

ground wave British & World English

A radio wave which reaches a receiver from a transmitter directly, without reflection from the ionosphere

ground wire British & World English

A wire that has an electrical connection to the ground, either directly or through another earthed conductor

ground zero British & World English

The point on the earth’s surface directly above or below an exploding nuclear bomb

high ground British & World English

Land that is higher than the surrounding area, especially that which stays dry

ground zero New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

point directly above or below an exploding nuclear bomb

below ground British & World English

Beneath the surface of the ground

burial ground British & World English

An area of ground set aside for the burying of human bodies

common ground British & World English

Opinions or interests shared by each of two or more parties

figure-ground British & World English

Relating to or denoting the perception of images by the distinction of objects from a background from which they appear to stand out, especially in contexts where this distinction is ambiguous

break ground British & World English

Do preparatory digging or other work prior to building or planting something

ground attack British & World English

A military campaign conducted using troops on the ground

ground-based British & World English

Located on the ground as opposed to in an aircraft or in space

ground beetle British & World English

Any of a number of beetles that live mainly on or near the ground, in particular:

ground cherry British & World English

An American plant of the nightshade family which resembles the Cape gooseberry

ground cloth British & World English

A waterproof cloth spread under a sleeping bag, directly on the ground or inside a tent

ground cover British & World English

Low-growing, spreading plants that help to stop weeds growing

ground effect British & World English

The effect of added aerodynamic buoyancy produced by a cushion of air below a vehicle moving close to the ground

ground elder British & World English

A common weed of the parsley family, with leaves that resemble those of the elder and spreading underground stems, native to Europe

ground floor British & World English

The floor of a building at ground level

ground forces British & World English

Troops and weaponry deployed on land rather than in the air or at sea

ground frost British & World English

Frost formed on the surface of the ground or in the top layer of soil

ground glass British & World English

Glass with a smooth ground surface that renders it non-transparent while retaining its translucency

ground level British & World English

The level of the ground

ground sloth British & World English

An extinct terrestrial edentate mammal of the Cenozoic era in America, typically of very large size

ground speed British & World English

An aircraft’s speed relative to the ground


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