- 1 uncountable (land, terrain) marshy groundhigh groundterreno pantanosoa patch of groundterreno elevadoto be on dangerous o slippery groundun área de terrenoto be on one's own groundpisar terreno peligrosoto be on safe o firm o solid groundestar en lo suyoonce he began talking about architecture, he was obviously on firmer groundpisar terreno firmeto be sure of one's groundse notó que estaba más seguro de lo que decía cuando empezó a hablar de arquitecturato change o shift one's groundsaber qué terreno se pisato fall on stony groundcambiar de posturato gain/lose groundcaer en saco rotothe Republicans have managed to regain ground lost in previous electionsganar/perder terrenothe treatment is gaining ground in the medical worldlos republicanos han logrado recuperar el terreno perdido en elecciones anterioresto give groundel tratamiento está ganando adeptos entre los médicos(in argument)ceder terreno(in battle)to make ground (Sport)replegarseceder terrenoto stand/hold one's groundacortar distancias(in argument)mantenerse firmeno ceder terreno(in battle)no ceder terrenoExample sentences
- While in the air, he watched as a tractor pulling a plow cut a dark line of earth across an expanse of ground.
- In 1757, he leased a back house and some ground adjoining his premises on Cork Hill.
- Grass surpluses have developed on grazing ground on many farms at present following recent good growth.
- Just before a cottage, go right at a green marker-post and follow a path across marshy ground to a gate in the fence to your right.
- Cross marshy ground to a cairn, and after 300 yards you will reach the trig point on top of Auchineden Hill.
- Houses included piled structures with stone hearths set in marshy ground.
- 2also: grounds plural(premises)(gardens)jardines (masculine plural)Example sentences
- The building, the grounds and surrounding area are untidy.
- In contrast to the grounds surrounding the house, this area had been neatly trimmed and landscaped.
- During their weeding and cleaning the pupils also learned much about the horticulture of the grounds surrounding the church buildings.
- 3 uncountable(surface of the earth)(soil)we sat on the groundthe ground was too hard to dignos sentamos en el suelothe eagle was soaring high above the groundla tierra estaba demasiado dura para cavarthe rail link runs below groundel águila volaba a gran alturaas soon as we got above groundel enlace ferroviario es subterráneothe ball ran along the grounden cuanto salimos a la superficieto fall/drop to the groundla pelota rodó por el sueloto crash to the groundcaer al suelothe house burned to the groundestrellarse contra el suelothe village was razed to the groundla casa quedó reducida a cenizasthe pilot was waiting for intructions from the groundel pueblo fue arrasado totalmenteI wished the ground would open up and swallow meel piloto estaba a la espera de instrucciones de tierrafrom the ground up on the ground (British English) thick/thin on the ground (British English) [colloquial]celebrities were thick on the ground at the premièrehubiera querido que la tierra me tragarapensé 'tierra, trágame'orders have been very thin on the ground recentlyhabía muchos famosos en el estrenoto break new o fresh ground to cut the ground from under somebody/somebody's feethis evidence cut the ground from under the prosecuting lawyer's feetúltimamente han escaseado mucho los pedidos or ha habido muy pocos pedidoshis sudden change of mind cut the ground from under mesus declaraciones echaron por tierra el argumento del fiscalto get off the ground (plan/project)su inesperado cambio de opinión echó por tierra todos mis planesit was a long time before the talks got off the groundllegar a concretarseto go to ground (British English)pasó mucho tiempo antes de que las conversaciones empezaran a encaminarse(fugitive)esconderse(fox)to prepare the ground for somethingmeterse en la madriguerato run somebody/something to groundpreparar el terreno para algoto run o work oneself into the groundyou're working yourself into the grounddar con algo/alguiento suit somebody down to the ground [colloquial]she said she wasn't going, which suited me down to the groundte estás dejando el pellejo en el trabajo [colloquial]that hat suits you down to the grounddijo que no iba, lo cual me vino de perillas or de perlas [colloquial]to worship the ground somebody walks onese sombrero te queda que ni pintado [colloquial]besar la tierra que pisa alguien(before noun) (conditions)del terreno(personnel/support)de tierra(attack)their ground game is suspectpor tierrasus pases bajos son bastante flojosExample sentences
- In spring you kill the vetch by simply cutting it close to the ground, and then lay it in place on the beds.
- He froze and lay close to the ground, his entire body choked up with uncontrollable fear.
- Light rails are too buslike to impress most commuters, too squished and close to the ground.
- 4 uncountable (matter, subject) See examples: it is impossible to cover all the ground in two lectureswe covered a lot of ground in our discussionses imposible desarrollar todos los aspectos del tema en dos conferenciaswe're going over the same ground againtratamos muchos puntos en nuestras conversacionesestamos volviendo sobre lo mismo
- 5 countable (outdoor site) See examples: football ground (British English)United has not been beaten on its own ground this seasoncampo (masculine) de fútbolcancha (feminine) de fútbol (Latin America)camping groundUnited no ha perdido en casa esta temporadatesting o proving groundzona (feminine) de acampadacampo (masculine) or terreno (masculine) de pruebas
- 6 uncountable(American English) (Electricity)a connection to grounduna conexión a tierra(before noun) (terminal/wire)de tierra
- 8 (justification) (usually plural) grounds for concerngrounds for divorcemotivos de preocupaciónon legal/financial groundscausal (masculine) de divorcioon grounds of ill healthpor motivos legales/económicospor razones legales/económicasthere are grounds for thinking o believing he's deadpor motivos de saludthey refused to do it, on the grounds that …existen razones para pensar or creer que ha muertose negaron a hacerlo, alegando or aduciendo que …Example sentences
- That may give them grounds for a constitutional challenge on the grounds of equality and of guarantees not to endow any religion.
- But in a case such as the present where the bad faith of the plaintiff is not alleged, I can see no basis for the implication of a representation of reasonable grounds for belief.
- However, interest-based financing systems can neither be justified on the grounds of efficiency nor on the basis of economic justice.
- 1 (usually passive) 1.1 (base) the events showed our fears to be well grounded1.2 (instruct) See examples:to ground somebodylos acontecimientos revelaron que nuestros temores eran fundados or justificados
insomethinghe is well grounded in Germandar a alguien buenos conocimientos or una buena base de algotiene una sólida base en alemánExample sentences
- The brilliant synthesis was grounded in his own practical experience.
- This radical political practice was grounded in an equally radical theology.
- The music is soulful while being grounded in the aesthetic and working practices of jazz.
- 2 2.1(plane)all flights are grounded on account of fogretirar del serviciothe captain will be grounded until after the investigationdebido a la niebla no despegará ningún vuelo2.2 (child/teenager) (especially American English) [colloquial]I can't go out tonight; I'm groundedel capitán permanecerá apartado de su cargo hasta una vez finalizada la investigaciónno puedo salir esta noche, estoy castigado or no me dejanExample sentences
- Being grounded by your parents will be treated as an unexcused absence.
- I was kicked out of the altar serving program and I was grounded by my parents for a good month.
- The social ostracism extends to grounding the child or even making him go to bed early.
- He had been praised for a mission where he rescued injured youngsters in atrocious flying conditions which had grounded every other aircraft.
- Some flights to the US could be grounded after the airline pilots' union called on its members not to fly with armed sky marshals on board.
- He said the airline has grounded the pilot with pay while executives investigate the incident.
- 3 (Nautical)(ship)hacer encallarExample sentences
- Initially it seems that the ship is grounded as solidly as a breakwater, but after a while the creaks and groans are evidence of movement, however slight this may be.
- Yesterday, salvors were also hard at work on the cargo ship Sagitarius, which is grounded on the rocks off Leaches Bay.
- If river levels sink too low, barges could be grounded and agriculture thrown into chaos.
- 4 (Sport) (in US football, rugby)(ball)poner en tierra(in baseball) (ball)he grounded the ball to short (stop)hacer rodarbateó un roletazo or (Venezuela) un rolling al short stopExample sentences
- However replays showed his foot went into touch as he grounded the ball.
- The irony is that he would have been two strokes better off had he not been penalised for grounding his club in a bunker during Thursday's first round.
- However, he made no attempt to ground the ball and ran touch in goal for what should have been a certain try.
- The batter grounded out, shortstop to first, and the runner from second rounded third and attempted to score on the play.
- He started Game 6 at first base and grounded out to first in his only at-bat.
- He ended the inning by grounding out to third.
- 5(American English) (Electricity)conectar a tierraExample sentences
- The method further includes contacting the second metallization layer with a conductive liquid that is electrically grounded.
- And since this pipe extended a considerable distance below ground, it served as an adequate basis for grounding the entire electrical system.
- The spark plugs must be grounded to complete the electrical circuit.
- past & past p→ grind
- (coffee/pepper)ground rice (British English)Example sentences
- This is not always necessary as some butchers sell finely ground mince.
- Richworth produce a fine ground up trout pellet that is ideal for my purposes.
- Remove from the oven, dry on paper towels and then toss them in the cumin, chilli and salt and freshly ground pepper.
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