(noun, adjective, verb)


1. Crushed, or reduced to small particles.

- ground mustard seed

2. Processed by grinding.

- lenses of ground glass


1. the solid part of the earth's surface

- he dropped the logs on the ground

Similar word(s): earth, land

Definition categories: object

2. a rational motive for a belief or action

- the grounds for their declaration

Similar word(s): reason

Definition categories: motive

3. the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface

Similar word(s): earth

Definition categories: substance, material, stuff

4. a relation that provides the foundation for something

Similar word(s): basis, footing

Definition categories: link, foundation

5. a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)

- they gained ground step by step

- they fought to regain the lost ground

Definition categories: location, position

6. the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground

- he posed her against a background of rolling hills

Similar word(s): background

Definition categories: thought, aspect, panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista

7. material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)

Similar word(s): land, soil

Definition categories: object

8. a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused

Definition categories: thought, percept, perception

9. a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)

Similar word(s): earth

Definition categories: man–made, connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion

10. (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting

Definition categories: man–made, surface

11. the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface

Similar word(s): primer, priming, undercoat

Definition categories: man–made

Sentences with ground as a noun:

- The worm crawls through the ground.

- crimson flowers on a white ground

- Brussels ground

- Grounds are usually put up first and the plastering floated flush with them.

- Manchester United's ground is known as Old Trafford.


1. fix firmly and stably

Similar word(s): anchor

Definition categories: contact, fasten, fix, secure

2. confine or restrict to the ground

- After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot

Definition categories: contact, confine, constrain, hold, restrain

3. place or put on the ground

Definition categories: contact, lay, place, pose, position, put, set

4. instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject

Definition categories: communication, instruct, learn, teach

5. bring to the ground

- the storm grounded the ship

Similar word(s): strand

Definition categories: motion, land

6. hit or reach the ground

Definition categories: motion, attain, gain, hit, make, reach

7. throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage

Definition categories: contact, throw

8. hit a groundball

- he grounded to the second baseman

Definition categories: contact, hit

9. hit onto the ground

Definition categories: contact, hit

10. cover with a primer; apply a primer to

Similar word(s): prime, undercoat

Definition categories: contact, paint

11. connect to a ground

- ground the electrical connections for safety reasons

Definition categories: contact, connect, link, tie

12. use as a basis for; found on

Similar word(s): base, establish, found

Definition categories: cognition

Sentences with ground as a verb:

- If you don't clean your room, I'll have no choice but to ground you.

- Eric, you are grounded until further notice for lying to us about where you were last night!

- My kids are currently grounded from television.

- Because of the bad weather, all flights were grounded.

- Jim was grounded in maths.

- Jones grounded to second in his last at-bat.

- The ship grounded on the bar.

- I ground the coffee up nicely.