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Definition of ground:

  1. A composition in which the bass, consisting of a few bars of independent notes, is continually repeated to a varying melody.
  2. A conducting connection with the earth, whereby the earth is made part of an electrical circuit.
  3. A floor or pavement supposed to rest upon the earth.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. imp. & p. p. of Grind.
  7. In point lace, the net of small meshes upon which the embroidered pattern is applied; as, Brussels ground. See Brussels lace, under Brussels.
  8. In sculpture, a flat surface upon which figures are raised in relief.
  9. Land; estate; possession; field; esp. ( pl.), the gardens, lawns, fields, etc., belonging to a homestead; as, the grounds of the estate are well kept.
  10. One of the pieces of wood, flush with the plastering, to which moldings, etc., are attached; - usually in the plural.
  11. Sediment at the bottom of liquors or liquids; dregs; lees; feces; as, coffee grounds.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. The pit of a theater.
  15. The softer inorganic matter composing part of the surface of the globe, in distinction from the firm rock; soil of all kinds, including gravel, clay, loam, and the like; sometimes, soil favorable to the growth of plants; the visible surface of the globe; the ground; as, loose earth; rich earth.
  16. The surface of the earth; the outer crust of the globe, or some indefinite portion of it.
  17. The tune on which descants are raised; the plain song.
  18. To connect with the ground so as to make the earth a part of an electrical circuit.
  19. 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.
  20. To found; to fix or set, as on a foundation, reason, or principle; to furnish a ground for; to fix firmly.
  21. To instruct in elements or first principles.
  22. To lay, set, or run, on the ground.
  23. To run aground; to strike the bottom and remain fixed; as, the ship grounded on the bar.

Synonyms:

grunge, demesne, consideration, start, argument, earth, landed estate, instal, constitute, primer coat, screen background, initiate, solid ground, backcloth, reasonableness, object, bottom, fundament, maroon, call, primer, fuze, priming, broken, found, body politic, bed, background, scope, motivation, demonstrate, run aground, necessity, background signal, prove, base, show, motive, commence, institute, worldly concern, give, end, lay down, design, rationality, undercoat, earthly concern, launch, priming coat, intellect, country, terms, account, strand, sand, state, why, desktop, foundation, grounds, set up, underfur, flat coat, land, establish, occasion, justification, prime, cause, globe, farming, foothold, shew, backdrop, aim, grease, terra firma, background knowledge, dry land, principle, over, spring, understanding, underseal, drop anchor, fuzee, soil, terrain, underpinning, proof, res publica, build, dirt, plant, world, cast anchor, reason, substratum, fuse, free-base, commonwealth, grime, cornerstone, fusee, begin, wherefore, seat, crushed, foot, make, footing, groundwork, acres, install, purpose, basis, stain, anchor, nation, filth.

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