In electrical engineering, ground or earth can refer to the reference point in an electrical circuit from which voltages are measured, a common return path for electric current, or a direct physical connection to the Earth.

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  1. The surface of the Earth, as opposed to the sky or water or underground.
  2. Terrain.
  3. Soil, earth.
  4. The bottom of a body of water.
  5. Basis, foundation, groundwork, legwork.
  6. Background, context, framework, surroundings.
  7. The plain surface upon which the figures of an artistic composition are set.
    crimson flowers on a white ground
  8. In sculpture, a flat surface upon which figures are raised in relief.
  9. In point lace, the net of small meshes upon which the embroidered pattern is applied.
    Brussels ground
  10. In etching, a gummy substance 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.
  11. One of the pieces of wood, flush with the plastering, to which mouldings etc. are attached.
    Grounds are usually put up first and the plastering floated flush with them.
  12. A soccer stadium.
  13. An electrical conductor connected to the ground.
  14. A level of electrical potential used as a zero reference.
  15. The area of grass on which a match is played (a cricket field); the entire arena in which it is played; the part of the field behind a batsman's popping crease where he can not be run out (hence to make one's ground).
  16. A composition in which the bass, consisting of a few bars of independent notes, is continually repeated to a varying melody.
  17. The tune on which descants are raised; the plain song.
  18. The pit of a theatre.


  1. To connect (an electrical conductor or device) to a ground.
  2. To punish, especially a child or teenager, by forcing him/her to stay at home and/or give up certain privileges.
    If you don't clean your room, I'll be forced to ground you.
    Carla, you are grounded until further notice for lying to us about where you were yesterday.
    My kids are currently grounded from television.
  3. To forbid (an aircraft or pilot) to fly.
    Because of the bad weather, all flights were grounded.
  4. To give a basic education in a particular subject; to instruct in elements or first principles.
    Jim was grounded in maths.
  5. to hit a ground ball; to hit a ground ball which results in an out. Compare fly (verb(regular)) and line (verb).
    Jones grounded to second in his last at-bat.
  6. (of a batsman) to place his bat, or part of his body, on the ground behind the popping crease so as not to be run out
  7. To run aground; to strike the bottom and remain fixed.
    The ship grounded on the bar.
  8. To found; to fix or set, as on a foundation, reason, or principle; to furnish a ground for; to fix firmly.
  9. To cover with a ground, as a copper plate for etching, or as paper or other materials with a uniform tint as a preparation for ornament.

Verb (etymology 2)


I ground the coffee up nicely.


  1. Crushed, or reduced to small particles.
    ground mustard seed
  2. Processed by grinding.
    lenses of ground glass

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