surface of earth
the solid surface of the earth
I found her lying on the ground .
He lost his balance and fell to the ground .
地上 / 地下2米
2 metres above/below ground
Most of the monkeys' food is found at ground level .
ground forces (= soldiers that fight on land, not in the air or at sea)
Houses and a luxury tourist hotel were burned to the ground (= completely destroyed, so that there is nothing left) .
soil on the surface of the earth
fertile ground for planting crops
area of land
an area of open land
The kids were playing on waste ground behind the school.
often in compounds
an area of land that is used for a particular purpose, activity or sport
a football/recreation/sports, etc. ground
ancient burial grounds
a large area of land or sea that is used for a particular purpose
feeding grounds for birds
the land or gardens around a large building
the hospital grounds
知识 / 思想领域
area of knowledge/ideas
an area of interest, knowledge or ideas
He managed to cover a lot of ground in a short talk.
We had to go over the same ground (= talk about the same things again) in class the next day.
You're on dangerous ground (= talking about ideas that are likely to offend sb or make people angry) if you criticize his family.
I thought I was on safe ground (= talking about a suitable subject) discussing music with her.
He was back on familiar ground , dealing with the customers.
They are fighting the Conservatives on their own ground .
a good or true reason for saying, doing or believing sth
You have no grounds for complaint.
What were his grounds for wanting a divorce?
The case was dismissed on the grounds that there was not enough evidence.
He retired from the job on health grounds .
Employers cannot discriminate on grounds of age.
the small pieces of solid matter in a liquid that have fallen to the bottom
a background that a design is painted or printed on
pink roses on a white ground
to suddenly spoil sb's idea or plan by doing sth to stop them from continuing with it
to gradually get closer to sb/sth that is moving or making progress in an activity
The police car was gaining ground on the suspects.
They needed to make up ground on their competitors.
to start happening successfully; to make sth start happening successfully
Without more money, the movie is unlikely to get off the ground.
to get a new company off the ground
to allow sb to have an advantage; to lose an advantage for yourself
They are not prepared to give ground on tax cuts.
The Conservatives lost a lot of ground to the Liberal Democrats at the election.
to hide, especially to escape sb who is chasing you
to continue with your opinions or intentions when sb is opposing you and wants you to change
Don't let him persuade you─stand your ground.
to face a situation and refuse to run away
It is not easy to hold your ground in front of someone with a gun.
in the place where sth is happening and among the people who are in the situation, especially a war
On the ground, there are hopes that the fighting will soon stop.
There's a lot of support for the policy on the ground.
to work so hard that you become extremely tired
to use sth so much that it is broken; to make sb work so hard that they are no longer able to work
if people or things are thick/thin on the ground , there are a lot/not many of them in a place
Customers are thin on the ground at this time of year.
to be in a strong position in an argument, etc. because you know the facts
Everyone agreed with me, so I knew I was on firm ground.
to have a sensible and realistic attitude to life
to become more powerful or successful
Sterling continues to gain ground against the dollar.
to start doing sth and continue very quickly and successfully
to claim that your side of an argument is morally better than your opponents' side; to argue in a way that makes your side seem morally better
in a place that has no connection with either of the people or sides who are meeting and so does not give an advantage to either of them
We decided to meet on neutral ground.
to make a new discovery or do sth that has not been done before
to make it possible or easier for sth to be achieved
The committee will prepare the ground for next month's meeting.
to be so shocked or frightened that you cannot move
to change your opinion about a subject, especially during a discussion
to fail to produce the result or the effect that you hope for; to have little success
to be very convenient or acceptable for sb
This job suits me down to the ground.
when a boat grounds or sth grounds it, it touches the bottom of the sea and is unable to move
The fishing boat had been grounded on rocks off the coast of Cornwall.
to prevent an aircraft from taking off
The balloon was grounded by strong winds.
All planes out of Heathrow have been grounded by the strikes.
to punish a child by not allowing them to go out with their friends for a period of time
You're grounded for a week!
cut or crushed into very small pieces or powder
These are all words for the surface that you walk on.
the surface of a room that you walk on
She was sitting on the floor watching TV.
(often the ground ) the solid surface of the earth that you walk on
I found her lying on the ground.
The rocket crashed a few seconds after it left the ground .
the surface of the earth that is not sea
It was good to be back on dry land again.
They fought both at sea and on land .
(often the earth ) the solid surface of the world that is made of rock, soil, sand, etc.
You could feel the earth shake as the truck came closer.
ground, land or earth?
Ground is the normal word for the solid surface that you walk on when you are not in a building or vehicle. You can use earth if you want to draw attention to the rock, soil etc. that the ground is made of, but ground can also be used in any of these examples. Land is only used when you want to contrast it with the sea.
( literary ) a country; an area of land
It was the first time I had set foot on American soil.
soil的这一含义几乎总是用于on African/British/Indian soil等短语中，表示在非洲 / 英国 / 印度等。
This meaning of soil is almost always used in the phrase on African/British/Indian, etc. soil , meaning ‘in Africa/Britain/India, etc.’
These words all mean an area of land that is used for a particular purpose.
an area of ground, especially one that is used for a particular purpose
( NAmE ) a piece of land that is used or intended for a particular purpose
a parking lot
an area of land that is used for a particular purpose
The kids were playing on waste ground near the school.
the site of an ancient burial ground
land, lot or ground?
Land is used for large areas of open land in the country, especially when it is used for farming. A lot is often a smaller piece of land in a town or city, especially one intended for building or parking on. Ground is any area of open land; a ground is an area of land designed or used for a particular purpose or activity.
a large area of land that has no buildings on it
The city has plenty of open space.
the wide open spaces of the Canadian prairies
a small piece of land used or intended for a particular purpose
She bought a small plot of land to build a house.
a vegetable plot
lot or plot?
Either a lot or a plot can be used for building on. Only a plot can also be used for growing vegetables or burying people.
These are all words for the top layer of the earth in which plants grow.
the top layer of the earth in which plants grow
Plant the seedlings in damp soil.
wet soil that is soft and sticky
The car wheels got stuck in the mud.
a type of heavy sticky soil that becomes hard when it is baked and is used to make things such as pots and bricks
The tiles are made of clay.
an area of ground, especially of a particular type
an area of rich, fertile land
the substance that plants grow in
Earth is often used about the soil found in gardens or used for gardening.
She put some earth into the pot.
( especially NAmE ) soil, especially loose soil
Pack the dirt firmly around the plants.
an area of soil
The car got stuck in the muddy ground.
They drove across miles of rough, stony ground.
Ground is not used for loose soil.
the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
近义词: flat coat,primer,priming,primer coat,priming coat,undercoat
(art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting
a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)
a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused
the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
- he posed her against a background of rolling hills
a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)
- they gained ground step by step
- they fought to regain the lost ground
a rational motive for a belief or action
- the reason that war was declared
- the grounds for their declaration
the solid part of the earth's surface
- 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
近义词: land,dry land,earth,solid ground,terra firma
material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
- the land had never been plowed
- good agricultural soil
a relation that provides the foundation for something
- they were on a friendly footing
- he worked on an interim basis
the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface
- they dug into the earth outside the church
use as a basis for;found on
- base a claim on some observation
instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
connect to a ground
- ground the electrical connections for safety reasons
fix firmly and stably
- anchor the lamppost in concrete
cover with a primer;apply a primer to
hit onto the ground
hit a groundball
- he grounded to the second baseman
throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
place or put on the ground
confine or restrict to the ground
- After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot
hit or reach the ground
近义词: run aground
bring to the ground
- the storm grounded the ship
近义词: strand,run aground