• WordNet 3.6
    • v earth connect to the earth "earth the circuit"
    • v earth hide in the earth like a hunted animal
    • n earth a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)
    • n earth the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife "they consider the church to be independent of the world"
    • n Earth the abode of mortals (as contrasted with Heaven or Hell) "it was hell on earth"
    • n earth the abode of mortals (as contrasted with Heaven or Hell) "it was hell on earth"
    • n Earth the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on "the Earth moves around the sun","he sailed around the world"
    • n earth the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on "the Earth moves around the sun","he sailed around the world"
    • n earth the solid part of the earth's surface "the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land","the earth shook for several minutes","he dropped the logs on the ground"
    • n earth the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface "they dug into the earth outside the church"
    • n earth once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Chicago is the very centre of the earth." "Chicago is the very centre of the earth."
Making “trialls” of iron. Evidences of an earth oven or small furnace were discovered at Jamestown during archeological explorations. Small amounts of iron may have been smelted in the furnace during the early years of the settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Making “trialls” of iron. Evidences of an earth oven or small furnace were discovered at Jamestown during...
Immediately a genie of enormous size rose out of the earth Immediately a genie of enormous size rose out of the earth

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes eight and a half minutes for light to get from the sun to earth.
    • Earth A hole in the ground, where an animal hides himself; as, the earth of a fox. "They [ferrets] course the poor conies out of their earths ."
    • Earth A part of this globe; a region; a country; land. "Would I had never trod this English earth ."
    • n Earth A plowing. "Such land as ye break up for barley to sow,
      Two earths at the least, ere ye sow it, bestow."
    • Earth (Chem) A similar oxide, having a slight alkaline reaction, as lime, magnesia, strontia, baryta.
    • Earth (Chem) Any earthy-looking metallic oxide, as alumina, glucina, zirconia, yttria, and thoria.
    • Earth (Elec) The connection of any part an electric conductor with the ground; specif., the connection of a telegraph line with the ground through a fault or otherwise.
    • Earth The globe or planet which we inhabit; the world, in distinction from the sun, moon, or stars. Also, this world as the dwelling place of mortals, in distinction from the dwelling place of spirits. "That law preserves the earth a sphere
      And guides the planets in their course."
      "In heaven, or earth , or under earth , in hell."
    • Earth The people on the globe. "The whole earth was of one language."
    • Earth The softer inorganic matter composing part of the surface of the globe, in distinction from the firm rock; soil of all kinds, including gravel, clay, loam, and the like; sometimes, soil favorable to the growth of plants; the visible surface of the globe; the ground; as, loose earth; rich earth. "Give him a little earth for charity."
    • Earth The solid materials which make up the globe, in distinction from the air or water; the dry land. "God called the dry land earth .""He is pure air and fire, and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him."
    • v. i Earth To burrow.
    • Earth To cover with earth or mold; to inter; to bury; -- sometimes with up. "The miser earths his treasure, and the thief,
      Watching the mole, half beggars him ere noon."
      "Why this in earthing up a carcass?"
    • Earth To hide, or cause to hide, in the earth; to chase into a burrow or den. "The fox is earthed ."
    • Earth Worldly things, as opposed to spiritual things; the pursuits, interests, and allurements of this life. "Our weary souls by earth beguiled."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sharks have survived on earth for about 400 million years
    • n earth The terraqueous globe which we inhabit. It is one of the planets of the solar system, being the third in order from the sun. The figure of the earth is approximately that of an ellipsoid of revolution or oblate spheroid, the axes of which measure 12,756,506 meters and 12,713,042 meters, or 7,926 statute miles and 1,041 yards, and 7,899 statute miles and 1,023 yards, respectively, thus making the compression 1:293. The radius of the earth, considered as a sphere, is 3,958 miles. The mean density of the whole earth is 5.6, or about twice that of the crust, and its interior is probably metallic. The earth revolves upon its axis in one sidereal day, which is 3 minutes and 55.91 seconds shorter than a mean solar day. Its axis remains nearly parallel to itself, but has a large but slow gyration which produces the precession of the equinoxes. The whole earth revolves about the sun in an ellipse in one sidereal year, which is 365 days, 6, hours, 9 minutes, and 9 seconds. The ecliptic, or plane of the earth's orbit, is inclined to the equator by 23° 27° 12″ .68 mean obliquity for January 0, 1890, according to Hansen. The earth is distant from the sun by about 93,000,000 miles.
    • n earth One expression only in the Old Testament gives us the word earth in its astronomical meaning,—that in the twenty-sixth chapter of Job:—
    • n earth The solid matter of the globe, in distinction from water and air; the materials composing the solid parts of the globe; hence, the firm land of the earth's surface; the ground: as, he fell to the earth.
    • n earth The loose material of the earth's surface; the disintegrated particles of solid matter, in distinction from rock; more particularly, the combinations of particles constituting soil, mold, or dust, as opposed to unmixed sand or clay. Earth, being regarded by ancient philosophers as simple, was called an element; and in popular language we still hear of the four elements, fire, air, earth, and water.
    • n earth The inhabitants of the globe; the world.
    • n earth Dirt; hence, something low or mean.
    • n earth The hole in which a fox or other burrowing animal hides itself.
    • n earth In chem., a name formerly given to certain inodorous, dry, and uninflammable substances which are metallic oxids, but were formerly regarded as elementary bodies. They are insoluble in water, difficulty fusible, and not easily reduced to the metallic state. The most important of them are alumina, zirconia, glucina, yttria, and thorina. The alkaline earths, baryta, strontia, lime, and magnesia, have more the properties of the alkalins, being somewhat soluble in water, and having an alkaline taste and reaction.
    • n earth In electricity: The union of any point of a telegraph-line, submarine cable, or any system of conductors charged with or conveying electricity with the ground. It is generally made by joining the point at which the earth is to be established by means of a good conductor with a metallic plate buried in moist earth, or with metallic water-pipes or gas-pipes, which, on account of their large surface of contact with the earth, usually afford excellent earth-connections.
    • earth To hide in or as in the earth.
    • earth To put underground; bury; inter.
    • earth To cover with earth or mold; choke with earth.
    • earth In electricity, to put to earth; place in connection with the earth.
    • earth To retire underground; burrow, as a hunted animal.
    • n earth The act of plowing; a plowing.
    • n earth A day's plowing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Earth orbits the Sun at a speed of about 108,000 km per hour
    • n Earth ėrth the name applied to the third planet in order from the sun: the matter on the surface of the globe: soil: dry land, as opposed to sea: the world: the inhabitants of the world: dirt: dead matter: the human body: a fox's hole:
    • v.t Earth to hide or cause to hide in the earth: to bury
    • v.i Earth to burrow: to hide
    • n Earth ėrth (pl.) the name applied by the alchemists and earlier chemists to certain substances now known to be oxides of metal, which were distinguished by being infusible, and by insolubility in water
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  • Sir Walter Raleigh
    “There is nothing exempt from the peril of mutation; the earth, heavens, and whole world is thereunto subject.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “We are not put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.”
  • Martin Luther
    “An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects.”


Down-to-earth - Someone who's down-to-earth is practical and realistic. It can also be used for things like ideas.
Four corners of the earth - If something goes to, or comes from, the four corners of the earth, it goes or comes absolutely everywhere.
It cost the earth - If something costs the earth, it is very expensive indeed.
Move heaven and earth - This expression indicates a person's determined intention of getting a work done in spite of all odds he may face. He will use all and every means to accomplish the target. Example: He moved heaven and earth to get his literary work recognised by the committee of experts.
Salt of the earth - People who are salt of the earth are decent, dependable and unpretentious.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. eorðe,; akin to OS. ertha, OFries. irthe, D. aarde, OHG. erda, G. erde, Icel. jörð, Sw. & Dan. jord, Goth. aīrþa, OHG. ero, Gr. , adv., to earth, and perh. to E. ear, to plow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. eorthe; cf. Dut. aarde, Ger. erde.


In literature:

Gravitation affects everything connected with the earth; even our air is held to the earth by gravitation.
"The Children's Book of Stars" by G.E. Mitton
Earth would draw in closer to the sun due to loss of velocity and increased mass of the Earth-moon system.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
You put life in earth and sky and water.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
A spaceship, and obviously it had left the Earth!
"The World Beyond" by Raymond King Cummings
We were already five or ten miles above the earth and were ascending rapidly.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
They really believe they are chosen by God to perfect the earth.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
But I wanted to see this wise earth guy fail.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
He who spake thus out of the bush to Moses was the same who in the fullness of time appeared upon the earth in the form of man.
"The Lord of Glory" by Arno Gaebelein
We were well beyond the earth's atmosphere, heading out in the cone-path of the earth's shadow, in the direction of the moon.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
He had never known Earth life, and he was not to be measured by the common standards applicable on Earth.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various

In poetry:

I mean to rule the earth,
As he the sky -
We really know our worth,
The Sun and I!
"Proper Bride" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And the storms he weathered
And songs he sung,
In days long over,
When earth was young!
"Portrait Of A Lady-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
Safe from earthly scandal
My poor spirit hide
In the utter stillness
Of Thy wounded Side.
"Homo Factus Est" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
I, the invincible;
March, the earth-shaker;
March, the sea-lifter;
March, the sky-render;
"March" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Never on earth again
Shall I before her stand,
Touch lip or hand,--
Never on earth again.
"Una" by John Hay
Who'll put him to proof?
"I," said All Earth.
"Whatever he's worth,
"I'll put to the proof."
"The New Knighthood" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Men may be from Mars, and women from Venus – as the 1992 best-seller put it – but we deal with money matters on planet Earth.
Volcanic eruptions are one type of phenomena that have shaped the Earth over the past four billion years.
When Space Invaders Ruled Earth.
One looks like the Earth, and another has water with a fake fish inside.
Trailer for BBC documentary "Planet Earth".
I feel as if the earth needs this protective layer.
Google Earth Goes 3D, Time Honors Steve Jobs, Boxcar Update.
Ruth Grogan Brandenburg , 95, of Hunt County passed from this Earth to be with the Lord Oct 4, 2012.
Once the richest wildlife habitat in the Middle East, this "Garden of Eden" was reduced to mile after mile of scorched earth.
With so many problems here on Earth I wonder why we are spending so much money trying to see what Mars looks like or is made of.
An asteroid 30 to 50 feet across will pass by the Earth at just more than one-third the distance between the Earth and the moon on Wednesday.
"While Truline was developed as an earth -to-water product, we felt there was no reason the product couldn't adapt to an earth -to- earth application," Todd Hoffman, general manager of the company, told the district.
On Worldview's Global Activism segment, Holly Ezinga tells us about her company Fair Earth, a socially conscious and earth-friendly company that produces and markets high-quality Fair Trade merchandise from East Africa .
Remember Superman's Earth-One and Earth-Two.
Gliese 581g, a possible exoplanet orbiting the red dwarf star Gliese 581 20.5 light-years from Earth, may sustain Earth-like life.

In science:

The length of µµ → ντ oscillations nearly is equal to the Earth diameter, and the length of νe → ντ oscillations is more much than the Earth diameter.
Neutrino Oscillations. Theory and Experiment
Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths, edited by K. A. Gschneider, Jr., and L. Eyring (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1978), Vol. 1, p. 489; see also Magnetic Properties of Rare-Earth Metals, edited by R. J. Elliott (Plenum, New York, 1972); R. J. Elliott and F. A. Wedgewood, Proc.
Magnetic and transport anomalies in the compounds, RCuAs2 (R= Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er)
Since the equilibrium radius of the rotating Earth is Rλ0 Eq. (81), and a small calculation, now shows that Earth’s mean radius is 863 m larger due to rotation compared to the non-rotating case.
The physics of rotational flattening and the point core model
Indeed, it means that these formulas are valid only for the tra jectory of the Earth, because we observe from the Earth.
New Relativistic Equations of Motion and Their Comparison with the Equations from the General Relativity
Finally, if we measure from the Earth the tra jectory of another planet, then we should modify the formulas (5.1’) and (5.6’) because the tra jectory of the Earth is not a circle, the ”speed” of the time is proportional to (1 − GM rc2 )2 , where r is the distance from the Earth to the center of the Sun.
New Relativistic Equations of Motion and Their Comparison with the Equations from the General Relativity