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ground

noun

1 ground

The solid part of the earth's surface:
— He dropped the logs on the ground.

synonyms: dry land, earth, land, solid ground, terra firma.

Roget 342: land, earth, ground, dry land, terra firma.    continent, mainland, peninsula, chersonese [Fr.], delta; tongue of land, neck of land; isthmus, oasis; ... show more

Roget 223: covering, cover; baldachin, baldachino, baldaquin; canopy, tilt, awning, tent, marquee, tente d'abri [Fr.], umbrella, parasol, sunshade; ... show more

Roget 215: support, ground, foundation, base, basis; terra firma; bearing, fulcrum, bait [U.S.], caudex crib; point d'appui [Fr.], pou sto [Gr.], purchase footing, hold, ... show more

Roget 780: property, possession, suum cuique [Lat.], meum et tuum [Lat.].    ownership, proprietorship, lordship; seignority; empire etc. (dominion) 737.    interest, stake, ... show more

Dutch: land, vasteland
Polish: krajobraz, okolica, strony, teren



2 ground

A rational motive for a belief or action:
— The grounds for their declaration.

synonym: reason.

Roget 615: motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action.    reason, ground, call, principle; by end, by purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.], keystone; the why and the wherefore; ... show more

Roget 153: cause, origin, source, principle, element; occasioner, prime mover, primum mobile [Lat.]; vera causa [Lat.]; author etc. (producer) 164; mainspring; ... show more

Dutch: afweging, beweeggrond, beweegreden, considerans, consideratie, drijfveer, grond, motief, motivatie, overweging ... show more
Polish: motyw, pobudka, powód, przyczyna, racja, źródło

3 ground

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

synonym: earth.

Dutch: aarde, grond, omgeving

4 ground

A relation that provides the foundation for something.

synonyms: basis, footing.

Roget 211: base, basement; plinth, dado, wainscot; baseboard, mopboard; bedrock, hardpan [U.S.]; foundation etc. (support) 215; substructure, ... show more

Roget 183: situation, position, locality, locale, status, latitude and longitude; footing, standing, standpoint, post; stage; aspect, attitude, ... show more

Dutch: basis

5 ground

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

6 ground

The part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground:
— He posed her against a background of rolling hills.

synonym: background.

Dutch: achtergrond, background, toneel
Polish: tło

7 ground

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

synonyms: land, soil.

Roget 181: region, sphere, ground, soil, area, field, realm, hemisphere, quarter, district, beat, orb, circuit, circle; ... show more

Dutch: aarde, grond, grondsoort, landen
Polish: grunt, ziemia

8 ground

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

9 ground

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

synonym: earth.

Dutch: aarddraad, aarde, aarding, aardleiding, aardverbinding
Polish: uziemienie

10 ground

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

11 ground

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

synonyms: flat coat, primer, primer coat, priming, priming coat, undercoat.

Polish: gruntówka

verb

1 ground

Fix firmly and stably.

synonym: anchor.

Dutch: funderen, grondvesten

2 ground

Confine or restrict to the ground.

3 ground

Place or put on the ground.

4 ground

Instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject.

5 ground

Bring to the ground:
— The storm grounded the ship.

synonyms: run aground, strand.

Dutch: omhooglopen

6 ground

Hit or reach the ground.

synonym: run aground.

7 ground

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

8 ground

Hit a groundball.

9 ground

Hit onto the ground.

10 ground

Cover with a primer; apply a primer to.

synonyms: prime, undercoat.

Roget 537: teach, instruct, educate, edify, school, tutor; cram, prime, coach; enlighten etc. (inform) 527.    inculcate, ... show more

Dutch: gronden

11 ground

Connect to a ground.

12 ground

Use as a basis for; found on.

synonyms: base, establish, found.

Roget 215: be supported &c.; lie on, sit on, recline on, lean on, loll on, rest on, stand on, step on, repose on, abut on, bear on, be based on ... show more


Moby thesaurus: Bassalia, a priori principle, abyss, abyssal zone, acres, affirmation, agora, air brush, airspace, alluvion, alluvium, ambition, amphitheater, angle, antecedent, antecedents, apriorism, arable land, area, arena ... show more.

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grind

noun

1 grind

An insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious.

synonyms: dweeb, nerd, swot, wonk.

Dutch: nerd

2 grind

The grade of particle fineness to which a substance is ground.

3 grind

Hard monotonous routine work.

synonyms: donkeywork, drudgery, plodding.

Dutch: koeliewerk, monnikenwerk, slavenarbeid
Polish: harówka, katorga, krwawica, orka

4 grind

The act of grinding to a powder or dust.

synonyms: mill, pulverisation, pulverization.

verb

1 grind

Press or grind with a crushing noise.

synonyms: cranch, craunch, crunch.

Roget 331: rub, scratch, scrape, scrub, slide, fray, rasp, graze, curry, scour, polish, rub out, wear down, gnaw; ... show more

Roget 539: learn; acquire knowledge, gain knowledge, receive knowledge, take in knowledge, drink in knowledge, imbibe knowledge, pick up knowledge, gather knowledge, get knowledge, obtain knowledge, collect knowledge, glean knowledge, glean information, ... show more

Roget 253: be sharp etc. adj.; taper to a point; bristle with.    render sharp etc. adj.; sharpen, point, aculeate, whet, barb, spiculate, ... show more

Roget 195: become small, become smaller; lessen, decrease etc. 36; grow less, dwindle, shrink, contract, narrow, shrivel, collapse, wither, ... show more

Roget 907: be malevolent etc. adj.; bear spleen, harbor spleen, bear a grudge, harbor a grudge, bear malice; betray the cloven foot, show the cloven foot.    hurt etc. (physical pain) 378; ... show more

2 grind

Make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together.

synonym: grate.

Dutch: irriteren, malen, schuren

3 grind

Work hard.

synonyms: dig, drudge, fag, labor, labour, moil, toil, travail.

Dutch: beulen, inspannen, ploegen, ploeteren, sappelen, sloven

4 grind

Dance by rotating the pelvis in an erotically suggestive way, often while in contact with one's partner such that the dancers' legs are interlaced.

5 grind

Reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading:
— Grind the spices in a mortar.

synonyms: bray, comminute, crunch, mash.

Roget 330: come to dust; be disintegrated, be reduced to powder &c.. reduce to powder, grind to powder; pulverize, comminute, granulate, triturate, levigate; scrape, file, abrade, ... show more

Dutch: malen, pureren, verbrijzelen

6 grind

Created by grinding.

7 grind

Shape or form by grinding.


Moby thesaurus: ablate, abrade, abrase, aculeate, acuminate, afflict, agonize, ail, application, atomize, badger, barb, bark, beast of burden, beat, beat down, beaten path, belch, bibliolater, bibliolatrist ... show more.

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