• WordNet 3.6
    • n grounding fastening electrical equipment to earth
    • n grounding education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge "he lacks the foundation necessary for advanced study","a good grounding in mathematics"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

In the Grounds, Waverley Abbey In the Grounds, Waverley Abbey
Banking Grounds Banking Grounds
St. Nicholas' Burying Ground St. Nicholas' Burying Ground
The king's ship is grounded on a rock; a mermaid is nearby The king's ship is grounded on a rock; a mermaid is nearby

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Leaning Tower of Pisa is 58.36 metres above the ground
    • Grounding Elementary instruction; instruction in the basic concepts of a topic or skill.
    • Grounding The act or process of applying a ground, as of color, to wall paper, cotton cloth, etc.; a basis.
    • Grounding The act, method, or process of laying a groundwork or foundation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hills Brothers Ground Vacuum Packed Coffee was first introduced in 1900.
    • n grounding The background of any design, as in embroidery, especially when itself made of needlework.—2. The act of putting in or preparing such a background.—3. Alumina and oil applied to wall-paper which is to be satin-finished.—4. In ceramics, same as ground-laying.—5. In marble-working, the operation of smoothing the surface of the marble with a succession of fine emeries.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No high jumper has ever been able to stay off the ground for more than one second.
    • Grounding the background of embroidery, &c
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  • Virgil
    “I too must attempt a way by which I can raise myself above the ground, and soar triumphant through the lips of men.”
  • Aristotle
    “We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.”
  • Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    “To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.”
  • Stanislaw J. Lec
    Stanislaw J. Lec
    “When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet.”
  • Giambattista Vico
    Giambattista Vico
    “Uniform ideas originating among entire peoples unknown to each other must have a common ground of truth.”


Break ground - If you break ground, or break new ground, you make progress, taking things into a new area or going further than anyone has gone before.'Ground-breaking' is used an adjective.
Fall on stony ground - If an idea or plan falls on stony ground, it is received negatively by people in positions of power or fails to take off.
Feet on the ground - A practical and realistic person has their feet on the ground.
Get in on the ground floor - If you get in on the ground floor, you enter a project or venture at the start before people know how successful it might be.
Get off the ground - If a project or plan gets off the ground, it starts to be put into operation.
Hit the ground running - If someone hits the ground running, they start a new job or position in a very dynamic manner.
Keep your ear to the ground - If you keep your ear to the ground, you try to keep informed about something, especially if there are rumours or uncertainties.
Moral high ground - If people have/take/claim/seize, etc, the moral high ground, they claim that their arguments, beliefs, etc, are morally superior to those being put forward by other people.
On the ground - Events on the ground are where things are actually happening, not at a distance.
Run something into the ground - If people run something into the ground, they treat or manage it so badly that they ruin it.
Run to ground - If you run someone or something to ground, you pursue until you capture or find them or it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Nominalized form of ground3}, (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grund; most prob. grund-en, pa.p. of grindan, and orig. meaning 'earth ground small;' cog. with Ger. grund, Ice. grunnr.


In literature:

The snow, which had first been cleared away in the interior, was piled-up round the hut outside, and the ground was then beaten hard.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
The seeds may be sown early in frames, and the plants afterwards set in the open ground; or the sowing may be made in the open ground in May.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
The boxes and packs dropped from him and he slammed against Lea, knocking her to the ground.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
It was night when we reached the ground for our encampment on Meridian Hill.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Hewson's his name; solid as a tower; muscled like a bear; built from the ground up.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
On the drill ground he's 'Old Jack.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
He flew all over the earth, low down near the ground, and it was still soft.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
That plain would be fine exercise-ground for the cavalry of Sihon, king of the Amorites.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
To the west is the extensive drill ground for the Persian troops.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
In '52 I saw a party of Chippewa Indians hiding in the rough ground near Taylor's Falls.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various

In poetry:

The cross-boughed tree that marked the spot
And made it holy ground
He needs the earthly city not
Who hath the heavenly found.
"Norembega" by John Greenleaf Whittier
In heaven's tranquillity above,
The cold still ground below,
Its pensive self to think and breathe
Its dim self love and know;
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
A sensitive soul and tender
The flung—away lily found:
He had seen it in hours of splendour,
So he lifted it from the ground.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
And he shall have me, sworn and bound,
And I'll be done with Love.
And better I'll be below the ground
Than ever I'll be above.
"Liebestod" by Dorothy Parker
Their lifted eyes salute the skies,
Their bending knees the ground;
But God abhors the sacrifice,
Where not the heart is found.
"Hymn 136" by Isaac Watts
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.
"Psalm 98 part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Special Photo A 26,000-square-foot Alzheimer 's and dementia care facility recently broke ground at 1455 Satellite Blvd.
A woman in Mexico City is doing well after a recent heart transplant, even though two medics dropped the organ on the ground in a rush to get it to the hospital for surgery.
READERS' PICK (TIE): A sibling of the acclaimed Janos restaurant on the grounds of the Westin La Paloma, J Bar has an upscale casual atmosphere and a jazzy and improvisational Latin grill menu.
Dried, ground cayenne peppers have been spicing up cuisine for thousands of years.
A 3-year-old boy who refused to use his seatbelt never got off the ground when he and his father boarded an Alaska Airlines flight at an airport in Seattle.
The grounds of the Boca Grande Community Center will be crawling with witches, ghosts, ghouls and other creepy characters on Saturday, Oct 27 from 2 to 4 pm at the annual Halloween Carnival.
Boy Scout Troop 12 will manage a parking lot to the north of town on US Silica Company grounds and the festival will provide a free trolley shuttle into the festival.
The course "Analysis and Design of Aquifer Tests Including Slug Tests and Fracture Flow" will be offered Sept 15 to 16 in Columbus, Ohio, by the National Ground Water Assn.
When the then-34-year-old architect won the ground-zero-memorial competition, he looked like the Maya Lin of 9/11—a bright, shining star out of nowhere who would build a breathtaking new landmark.
An abundance of such craters can result when an asteroid or other projectile breaks up into many pieces in the atmosphere before crashing to the ground.
Whether you're taking a vacation around the world or just wish you could, these books will take you on an adventure without your feet ever leaving the ground.
Engine Woes Could Ground China's Stealth Armada .
During use, the slide can deflate, allowing the user to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured.
An SUV-sized lunar lander had barely gotten off the ground when a hardware failure sent it toppling to the ground, where it then proceeded to explode.
16 ounces of ground turkey- lean ground turkey also an option OR frozen Meatballs.

In science:

The lowest curve in FIG. 2 shows the ground state energy divided by n as a function of t. (Since the system is decoupled this is actually the ground state energy of a single qubit.) I then consider the n bit scrambled problem for different values of n.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
In this section I argue that this is a model-independent, and calculation method independent, consequence of assuming that a translation-invariant ground state is the stable limit of a sequence of ground states of finite Cayley trees as the size of the tree grows.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
Utilizing this construction, recently Schuch, Cirac and Verstraete proved that even finding ground states of 2-local Hamiltonians on a line whose ground states are known to be Matrix Product States with constant dimension is NP-hard.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
In the context of supersymmetric theories, anti-de Sitter ground states emerge naturally in contrast to de Sitter ground states.
Stable de Sitter Vacua in 4 Dimensional Supergravity Originating from 5 Dimensions
Note that ground left paths are self-avoiding and that there is a unique ground left path from u to g whenever ν u∼ (ξ , m).
Random Current Representation for Transverse Field Ising Models