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Definition 1: the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(ground is a kind of ...) a layer of paint covering something else

(... is a kind of ground ) a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer

Definition 2: (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting - [noun denoting artifact]

(ground is a kind of ...) the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary

"there is a special cleaner for these surfaces" "the cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface"

(ground belongs to category ...) the creation of beautiful or significant things

"art does not need to be innovative to be good" "I was never any good at art" "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"

Definition 3: a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage) - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(ground is a kind of ...) an instrumentality that connects

"he soldered the connection" "he didn't have the right connector between the amplifier and the speakers"

(ground belongs to category ...) a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons

Definition 4: the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he posed her against a background of rolling hills

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(ground is a kind of ...) the visual percept of a region

"the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"

Definition 5: a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused - [noun denoting cognition]

(ground is a kind of ...) the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

Definition 6: a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle) - [noun denoting location]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they gained ground step by step
  • they fought to regain the lost ground

(ground is a kind of ...) a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons

Definition 7: a rational motive for a belief or action - [noun denoting motive]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the reason that war was declared
  • the grounds for their declaration

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(ground is a kind of ...) a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument

(... is a kind of ground ) reason

"there was no occasion for complaint"

(... is a kind of ground ) grounds

"don't do it on my account" "the paper was rejected on account of its length" "he tried to blame the victim but his success on that score was doubtful"

(... is a kind of ground ) the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'

Definition 8: the solid part of the earth's surface - [noun denoting object]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land
  • the earth shook for several minutes
  • he dropped the logs on the ground

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(ground is a kind of ...) a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

"it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"

(... is a kind of ground ) a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas

(... is a kind of ground ) a large continuous extent of land

(... is a kind of ground ) the main land mass of a country or continent; as distinguished from an island or peninsula

(... is a kind of ground ) a narrow elongated projecting strip of land

(... is a kind of ground ) the land inside an oxbow bend in a river

(... is a kind of ground ) a large mass of land projecting into a body of water

(... is a kind of ground ) extensive tract of level open land

"they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain" "he longed for the fields of his youth"

(... is a kind of ground ) an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind)

(... is a kind of ground ) a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water

(... is a kind of ground ) land that is covered with trees and shrubs

(... is a kind of ground ) a group of many islands in a large body of water

(... is a kind of ground ) a strip of land running along a beach

(... is a kind of ground ) a strip of land projecting into a body of water

(... is a kind of ground ) a plain adjacent to a coast

(... is a kind of ground ) the ground on which people and animals move about

"the fire spared the forest floor"

(... is a kind of ground ) land forming the forward margin of something

(... is a kind of ground ) a place or scene of great or strange beauty or wonder

(... is an instance of ground) North America and South America and Central America

(... is part of ground) the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on

"the Earth moves around the sun" "he sailed around the world"

Definition 9: material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use) - [noun denoting object]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the land had never been plowed
  • good agricultural soil

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(ground is a kind of ...) a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

"it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"

(... is a kind of ground ) surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots

(... is a kind of ground ) (geology) flat elevated land with poor soil and little vegetation that is scarred by dry channels of glacial origin (especially in eastern Washington)

(... is a kind of ground ) land suitable for grazing livestock

(... is a kind of ground ) low-lying land that has been reclaimed and is protected by dikes (especially in the Netherlands)

(... is a kind of ground ) ground that is permanently frozen

(... is a kind of ground ) the surface soil that must be moved away to get at coal seams and mineral deposits

(... is a kind of ground ) arable land that is worked by plowing and sowing and raising crops

(... is a kind of ground ) land in a coastal area

(... is a kind of ground ) low-lying alluvial land near a river

(... is a kind of ground ) deeply eroded barren land

(... is a kind of ground ) a low area where the land is saturated with water

Definition 10: a relation that provides the foundation for something - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they were on a friendly footing
  • he worked on an interim basis

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(ground is a kind of ...) the basis on which something is grounded

"there is little foundation for his objections"

(... is a kind of ground ) a basis agreed to by all parties for reaching a mutual understanding

Definition 11: the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface - [noun denoting substance]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they dug into the earth outside the church

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(ground is a kind of ...) the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

"coal is a hard black material" "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"

(... is a kind of ground ) accumulated earth and stones deposited by a glacier

(... is a kind of ground ) a light soil consisting of siliceous diatom remains and often used as a filtering material

(... is a kind of ground ) a deposit of clay and disintegrating rock that is found in its original place

(... is a kind of ground ) the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock

Definition 12: use as a basis for; found on - [verb of cognition]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • base a claim on some observation

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of ground ) found or ground

"build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation"

Definition 13: instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject - [verb of communication]

(ground is a kind of ...) impart skills or knowledge to

"I taught them French" "He instructed me in building a boat"

Definition 14: place or put on the ground - [verb of contact]

(ground is a kind of ...) put into a certain place or abstract location

"Put your things here" "Set the tray down" "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children" "Place emphasis on a certain point"

Definition 15: confine or restrict to the ground - [verb of contact]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(ground is a kind of ...) to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement

"This holds the local until the express passengers change trains" "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade" "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center" "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"

Definition 16: connect to a ground - [verb of contact]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ground the electrical connections for safety reasons

(ground is a kind of ...) connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces

"Can you connect the two loudspeakers?" "Tie the ropes together" "Link arms"

(... is a kind of ground ) connect to the earth

"earth the circuit"

Definition 17: cover with a primer; apply a primer to - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(ground is a kind of ...) apply paint to; coat with paint

"We painted the rooms yellow"

Definition 18: fix firmly and stably - [verb of contact]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • anchor the lamppost in concrete

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(ground is a kind of ...) cause to be firmly attached

"fasten the lock onto the door" "she fixed her gaze on the man"

Definition 19: hit onto the ground - [verb of contact]

(ground is a kind of ...) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

(ground has a similar meaning as ...) hit a groundball

"he grounded to the second baseman"

(ground has a similar meaning as ...) throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage

(ground belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 20: hit a groundball - [verb of contact]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he grounded to the second baseman

(ground is a kind of ...) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

(ground has a similar meaning as ...) hit onto the ground

(ground belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 21: throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage - [verb of contact]

(ground is a kind of ...) propel through the air

"throw a frisbee"

(ground has a similar meaning as ...) hit onto the ground

(ground belongs to category ...) any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal

Definition 22: hit or reach the ground - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(ground is a kind of ...) reach a destination, either real or abstract

"We hit Detroit by noon" "The water reached the doorstep" "We barely made it to the finish line" "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"

Definition 23: bring to the ground - [verb of motion]

Samples where ground or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the storm grounded the ship

Synonyms for ground in the sense of this definition

(ground is a kind of ...) bring ashore

"The drug smugglers landed the heroin on the beach of the island"

(ground causes ...) hit or reach the ground

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