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ground \ground\ (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.]
     1. The surface of the earth; the outer crust of the globe, or some indefinite portion of it. [1913 Webster]

              There was not a man to till the ground. --Gen. ii.
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              The fire ran along upon the ground.   --Ex. ix. 23. Hence: A floor or pavement supposed to rest upon the earth. [1913 Webster]

     2. Any definite portion of the earth's surface; region; territory; country. Hence: A territory appropriated to, or resorted to, for a particular purpose; the field or place of action; as, a hunting or fishing ground; a play ground. [1913 Webster]

              From . . . old Euphrates, to the brook that parts Egypt from Syrian ground.             --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     3. Land; estate; possession; field; esp. (pl.), the gardens, lawns, fields, etc., belonging to a homestead; as, the grounds of the estate are well kept. [1913 Webster]

              Thy next design is on thy neighbor's grounds.
                                                    --Dryden. 4. [1913 Webster]

     4. The basis on which anything rests; foundation. Hence: The foundation of knowledge, belief, or conviction; a premise, reason, or datum; ultimate or first principle; cause of existence or occurrence; originating force or agency; as, the ground of my hope. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Paint. & Decorative Art)
        (a) That surface upon which the figures of a composition are set, and which relieves them by its plainness, being either of one tint or of tints but slightly contrasted with one another; as, crimson Bowers on a white ground. See {Background}, {Foreground}, and {Middle-ground}. (b) In sculpture, a flat surface upon which figures are raised in relief. (c) In point lace, the net of small meshes upon which the embroidered pattern is applied; as, Brussels ground. See {Brussels lace}, under {Brussels}. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Etching) A gummy composition spread over the surface of a metal to be etched, to prevent the acid from eating except where an opening is made by the needle. [1913 Webster]

     7. (Arch.) One of the pieces of wood, flush with the plastering, to which moldings, etc., are attached; -- usually in the plural. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Grounds are usually put up first and the plastering floated flush with them. [1913 Webster]

     8. (Mus.)
        (a) A composition in which the bass, consisting of a few bars of independent notes, is continually repeated to a varying melody. (b) The tune on which descants are raised; the plain song.
            --Moore (Encyc.).
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                  On that ground I'll build a holy descant.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     9. (Elec.) A conducting connection with the earth, whereby the earth is made part of an electrical circuit. [1913 Webster]

     10. pl. Sediment at the bottom of liquors or liquids; dregs; lees; feces; as, coffee grounds. [1913 Webster]

     11. The pit of a theater. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
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     {Ground angling}, angling with a weighted line without a float.

     {Ground annual} (Scots Law), an estate created in land by a vassal who instead of selling his land outright reserves an annual ground rent, which becomes a perpetual charge upon the land.

     {Ground ash}. (Bot.) See {Groutweed}.

     {Ground bailiff} (Mining), a superintendent of mines.
        --Simmonds.

     {Ground bait}, bits of bread, boiled barley or worms, etc., thrown into the water to collect the fish, --Wallon.

     {Ground bass} or {Ground base} (Mus.), fundamental base; a fundamental base continually repeated to a varied melody.


     {Ground beetle} (Zool.), one of numerous species of carnivorous beetles of the family {Carabid[ae]}, living mostly in burrows or under stones, etc.

     {Ground chamber}, a room on the ground floor.

     {Ground cherry}. (Bot.)
         (a) A genus ({Physalis}) of herbaceous plants having an inflated calyx for a seed pod: esp., the strawberry tomato ({Physalis Alkekengi}). See {Alkekengl}. (b) A European shrub ({Prunus Cham[ae]cerasus}), with small, very acid fruit.

     {Ground cuckoo}. (Zool.) See {Chaparral cock}.

     {Ground cypress}. (Bot.) See {Lavender cotton}.

     {Ground dove} (Zool.), one of several small American pigeons of the genus {Columbigallina}, esp. {C. passerina} of the Southern United States, Mexico, etc. They live chiefly on the ground.

     {Ground fish} (Zool.), any fish which constantly lives on the botton of the sea, as the sole, turbot, halibut.

     {Ground floor}, the floor of a house most nearly on a level with the ground; -- called also in America, but not in England, the {first floor}.

     {Ground form} (Gram.), the stem or basis of a word, to which the other parts are added in declension or conjugation. It is sometimes, but not always, the same as the root.

     {Ground furze} (Bot.), a low slightly thorny, leguminous shrub ({Ononis arvensis}) of Europe and Central Asia,; -- called also {rest-harrow}.

     {Ground game}, hares, rabbits, etc., as distinguished from winged game.

     {Ground hele} (Bot.), a perennial herb ({Veronica officinalis}) with small blue flowers, common in Europe and America, formerly thought to have curative properties.


     {Ground of the heavens} (Astron.), the surface of any part of the celestial sphere upon which the stars may be regarded as projected.

     {Ground hemlock} (Bot.), the yew ({Taxus baccata} var. Canadensisi) of eastern North America, distinguished from that of Europe by its low, straggling stems.

     {Ground hog}. (Zool.)
         (a) The woodchuck or American marmot ({Arctomys monax}). See {Woodchuck}. (b) The aardvark.

     {Ground hold} (Naut.), ground tackle. [Obs.] --Spenser.

     {Ground ice}, ice formed at the bottom of a body of water before it forms on the surface.

     {Ground ivy}. (Bot.) A trailing plant; alehoof. See {Gill}.


     {Ground joist}, a joist for a basement or ground floor; a. sleeper.

     {Ground lark} (Zool.), the European pipit. See {Pipit}.

     {Ground laurel} (Bot.). See {Trailing arbutus}, under {Arbutus}.

     {Ground line} (Descriptive Geom.), the line of intersection of the horizontal and vertical planes of projection.

     {Ground liverwort} (Bot.), a flowerless plant with a broad flat forking thallus and the fruit raised on peduncled and radiated receptacles ({Marchantia polymorpha}).

     {Ground mail}, in Scotland, the fee paid for interment in a churchyard.

     {Ground mass} (Geol.), the fine-grained or glassy base of a rock, in which distinct crystals of its constituents are embedded.

     {Ground parrakeet} (Zool.), one of several Australian parrakeets, of the genera {Callipsittacus} and {Geopsittacus}, which live mainly upon the ground.

     {Ground pearl} (Zool.), an insect of the family {Coccid[ae]} ({Margarodes formicarum}), found in ants' nests in the Bahamas, and having a shelly covering. They are strung like beads, and made into necklaces by the natives.

     {Ground pig} (Zool.), a large, burrowing, African rodent ({Aulacodus Swinderianus}) about two feet long, allied to the porcupines but with harsh, bristly hair, and no spines; -- called also {ground rat}.

     {Ground pigeon} (Zool.), one of numerous species of pigeons which live largely upon the ground, as the tooth-billed pigeon ({Didunculus strigirostris}), of the Samoan Islands, and the crowned pigeon, or goura. See {Goura}, and {Ground dove} (above).

     {Ground pine}. (Bot.)
         (a) A blue-flowered herb of the genus {Ajuga} ({A. Cham[ae]pitys}), formerly included in the genus {Teucrium} or germander, and named from its resinous smell. --Sir J. Hill. (b) A long, creeping, evergreen plant of the genus {Lycopodium} ({L. clavatum}); -- called also {club moss}. (c) A tree-shaped evergreen plant about eight inches in height, of the same genus ({L. dendroideum}) found in moist, dark woods in the northern part of the United States. --Gray.

     {Ground plan} (Arch.), a plan of the ground floor of any building, or of any floor, as distinguished from an elevation or perpendicular section.

     {Ground plane}, the horizontal plane of projection in perspective drawing.

     {Ground plate}.
         (a) (Arch.) One of the chief pieces of framing of a building; a timber laid horizontally on or near the ground to support the uprights; a ground sill or groundsel. (b) (Railroads) A bed plate for sleepers or ties; a mudsill. (c) (Teleg.) A metallic plate buried in the earth to conduct the electric current thereto. Connection to the pipes of a gas or water main is usual in cities.
             --Knight.

     {Ground plot}, the ground upon which any structure is erected; hence, any basis or foundation; also, a ground plan.

     {Ground plum} (Bot.), a leguminous plant ({Astragalus caryocarpus}) occurring from the Saskatchewan to Texas, and having a succulent plum-shaped pod.

     {Ground rat}. (Zool.) See {Ground pig} (above).

     {Ground rent}, rent paid for the privilege of building on another man's land.

     {Ground robin}. (Zool.) See {Chewink}.

     {Ground room}, a room on the ground floor; a lower room.
        --Tatler.

     {Ground sea}, the West Indian name for a swell of the ocean, which occurs in calm weather and without obvious cause, breaking on the shore in heavy roaring billows; -- called also {rollers}, and in Jamaica, {the North sea}.

     {Ground sill}. See {Ground plate} (a) (above).

     {Ground snake} (Zool.), a small burrowing American snake ({Celuta am[oe]na}). It is salmon colored, and has a blunt tail.

     {Ground squirrel}. (Zool.)
         (a) One of numerous species of burrowing rodents of the genera {Tamias} and {Spermophilus}, having cheek pouches. The former genus includes the Eastern striped squirrel or chipmunk and some allied Western species; the latter includes the prairie squirrel or striped gopher, the gray gopher, and many allied Western species. See {Chipmunk}, and {Gopher}. (b) Any species of the African genus {Xerus}, allied to {Tamias}.

     {Ground story}. Same as {Ground floor} (above).

     {Ground substance} (Anat.), the intercellular substance, or matrix, of tissues.

     {Ground swell}.
         (a) (Bot.) The plant groundsel. [Obs.] --Holland. (b) A broad, deep swell or undulation of the ocean, caused by a long continued gale, and felt even at a remote distance after the gale has ceased.

     {Ground table}. (Arch.) See Earth table, under Earth.

     {Ground tackle} (Naut.), the tackle necessary to secure a vessel at anchor. --Totten.

     {Ground thrush} (Zool.), one of numerous species of bright-colored Oriental birds of the family {Pittid[ae]}. See {Pitta}.

     {Ground tier}.
         (a) The lowest tier of water casks in a vessel's hold.
             --Totten.
         (b) The lowest line of articles of any kind stowed in a vessel's hold. (c) The lowest range of boxes in a theater.

     {Ground timbers} (Shipbuilding) the timbers which lie on the keel and are bolted to the keelson; floor timbers.
        --Knight.

     {Ground tit}. (Zool.) See {Ground wren} (below).

     {Ground wheel}, that wheel of a harvester, mowing machine, etc., which, rolling on the ground, drives the mechanism.


     {Ground wren} (Zool.), a small California bird ({Cham[ae]a fasciata}) allied to the wrens and titmice. It inhabits the arid plains. Called also {ground tit}, and {wren tit}.


     {To bite the ground}, {To break ground}. See under {Bite}, {Break}.

     {To come to the ground}, {To fall to the ground}, to come to nothing; to fail; to miscarry.

     {To gain ground}.
         (a) To advance; to proceed forward in conflict; as, an army in battle gains ground. (b) To obtain an advantage; to have some success; as, the army gains ground on the enemy. (c) To gain credit; to become more prosperous or influential.

     {To get ground}, or {To gather ground}, to gain ground. [R.]
        "Evening mist . . . gathers ground fast." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              There is no way for duty to prevail, and get ground of them, but by bidding higher.       --South.

     {To give ground}, to recede; to yield advantage. [1913 Webster]

              These nine . . . began to give me ground. --Shak.

     {To lose ground}, to retire; to retreat; to withdraw from the position taken; hence, to lose advantage; to lose credit or reputation; to decline.

     {To stand one's ground}, to stand firm; to resist attack or encroachment. --Atterbury.

     {To take the ground} to touch bottom or become stranded; -- said of a ship. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

ground \ground\ (ground), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {grounded}; p. pr.
     & vb. n. {grounding}.]
     1. To lay, set, or run, on the ground.
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     2. To found; to fix or set, as on a foundation, reason, or principle; to furnish a ground for; to fix firmly. [1913 Webster]

              Being rooted and grounded in love.    --Eph. iii.
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              So far from warranting any inference to the existence of a God, would, on the contrary, ground even an argument to his negation.     --Sir W. Hamilton [1913 Webster]

     3. To instruct in elements or first principles. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Elec.) To connect with the ground so as to make the earth a part of an electrical circuit. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Fine Arts) To cover with a ground, as a copper plate for etching (see {Ground}, n., 5); or as paper or other materials with a uniform tint as a preparation for ornament. [1913 Webster]

     6. To forbid (a pilot) to fly an airplane; -- usually as a disciplinary measure, or for reasons of ill health sufficient to interfere with performance. [PJC]

     7. To forbid (aircraft) to fly; -- usually due to the unsafe condition of the aircraft or lack of conformity to safety regulations; as, the discovery of a crack in the wing of a Trijet caused the whole fleeet to be grounded for inspection. [PJC]

     8. To temporarily restrict the activities of (a child), especially social activity outside the house; -- usually for bad or unsatisfactory conduct; as, Johnny was grounded for fighting at school and can't go to the movies for two weeks. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Grind \Grind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ground}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Grinding}.] [AS. grindan; perh. akin to L. frendere to gnash, grind. Cf. {Grist}.]
     1. To reduce to powder by friction, as in a mill, or with the teeth; to crush into small fragments; to produce as by the action of millstones. [1913 Webster]

              Take the millstones, and grind meal.  --Is. xivii.
                                                    2. [1913 Webster]

     2. To wear down, polish, or sharpen, by friction; to make smooth, sharp, or pointed; to whet, as a knife or drill; to rub against one another, as teeth, etc. [1913 Webster]

     3. To oppress by severe exactions; to harass.
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              To grind the subject or defraud the prince.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. To study hard for examination; -- commonly used with away; as, to grind away at one's studies. [College Slang] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

ground \ground\, v. i.
     To run aground; to strike the bottom and remain fixed; as, the ship grounded on the bar. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

ground \ground\,
     imp. & p. p. of {Grind}.
     [1913 Webster]

     {ground cock}, a cock, the plug of which is ground into its seat, as distinguished from a compression cock. --Knight.

     {Ground glass}, glass the transparency of which has been destroyed by having its surface roughened by grinding.

     {Ground joint}, a close joint made by grinding together two pieces, as of metal with emery and oil, or of glass with fine sand and water. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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