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coffee grounds

  • noun the dregs remaining after brewing coffee
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Ground angling

  • angling with a weighted line without a float.
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Ground annual

  • (Scots Law), an estate created in land by a vassal who instead of selling his land outright reserves an annual ground rent, which becomes a perpetual charge upon the land.
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Ground ash

  • . (Bot.) See Groutweed.
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Ground bailiff

  • (Mining), a superintendent of mines. Simmonds.
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Ground bait

  • noun bait scattered on the water to attract fish
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  • bits of bread, boiled barley or worms, etc., thrown into the water to collect the fish, Wallon.
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Ground bassbase

  • (Mus.), fundamental base; a fundamental base continually repeated to a varied melody.
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Ground beetle

  • noun predacious shining black or metallic terrestrial beetle that destroys many injurious insects
    carabid beetle.
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  • (Zoöl.), one of numerous species of carnivorous beetles of the family Carabidæ, living mostly in burrows or under stones, etc.
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Ground chamber

  • a room on the ground floor.
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Ground cherry

  • noun any of numerous cosmopolitan annual or perennial herbs of the genus Physalis bearing edible fleshy berries enclosed in a bladderlike husk; some cultivated for their flowers
    husk tomato.
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  • . (Bot.) (a) A genus (Physalis) of herbaceous plants having an inflated calyx for a seed pod: esp., the strawberry tomato (P. Alkekengi). See Alkekengl. (b) A European shrub (Prunus Chamæcerasus), with small, very acid fruit.
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Ground cock

  • a cock, the plug of which is ground into its seat, as distinguished from a compression cock. Knight.
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Ground cuckoo

  • . (Zoöl.) See Chaparral cock.
  • the chaparral cock.
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Ground cypress

  • . (Bot.) See Lavender cotton.
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Ground dove

  • (Zoöl.), one of several small American pigeons of the genus Columbigallina, esp. C. passerina of the Southern United States, Mexico, etc. They live chiefly on the ground.
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Ground fish

  • (Zoöl.), any fish which constantly lives on the botton of the sea, as the sole, turbot, halibut.
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Ground floor

  • noun the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building
    ground level; first floor.
  • noun becoming part of a venture at the beginning (regarded as position of advantage)
    • he got in on the ground floor
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  • the floor of a house most nearly on a level with the ground; called also in America, but not in England, the first floor.
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Ground form

  • (Gram.), the stem or basis of a word, to which the other parts are added in declension or conjugation. It is sometimes, but not always, the same as the root. = lemma
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Ground furze

  • (Bot.), a low slightly thorny, leguminous shrub (Ononis arvensis) of Europe and Central Asia,; called also rest-harrow.
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Ground game

  • hares, rabbits, etc., as distinguished from winged game.
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Ground glass

  • noun glass that diffuses light due to a rough surface produced by abrasion or etching
  • noun particulate glass made by grinding and used as an abrasive
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  • glass the transparency of which has been destroyed by having its surface roughened by grinding.
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Ground hele

  • (Bot.), a perennial herb (Veronica officinalis) with small blue flowers, common in Europe and America, formerly thought to have curative properties.
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Ground hemlock

  • (Bot.), the yew (Taxus baccata var. Canadensisi) of eastern North America, distinguished from that of Europe by its low, straggling stems.
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Ground hog

  • . (Zoöl.) (a) The woodchuck or American marmot (Arctomys monax). See Woodchuck. (b) The aardvark.
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Ground hold

  • (Naut.), ground tackle. Obs. Spenser.
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Ground ice

  • ice formed at the bottom of a body of water before it forms on the surface.
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Ground ivy

  • noun trailing European aromatic plant of the mint family having rounded leaves and small purplish flowers often grown in hanging baskets; naturalized in North America; sometimes placed in genus Nepeta
    field balm; runaway robin; Nepeta hederaceae; Glechoma hederaceae; alehoof; gill-over-the-ground.
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  • . (Bot.) A trailing plant; alehoof. See Gill.
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Ground joint

  • a close joint made by grinding together two pieces, as of metal with emery and oil, or of glass with fine sand and water.
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Ground joist

  • a joist for a basement or ground floor; a. sleeper.
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Ground lark

  • (Zoöl.), the European pipit. See Pipit.
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Ground laurel

  • (Bot.). See Trailing arbutus, under Arbutus.
  • trailing arbutus.
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Ground line

  • (Descriptive Geom.), the line of intersection of the horizontal and vertical planes of projection.
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Ground liverwort

  • (Bot.), a flowerless plant with a broad flat forking thallus and the fruit raised on peduncled and radiated receptacles (Marchantia polymorpha).
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Ground mail

  • in Scotland, the fee paid for interment in a churchyard.
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Ground mass

  • (Geol.), the fine-grained or glassy base of a rock, in which distinct crystals of its constituents are embedded.
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Ground of the heavens

  • (Astron.), the surface of any part of the celestial sphere upon which the stars may be regarded as projected.
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Ground parrakeet

  • (Zoöl.), one of several Australian parrakeets, of the genera Callipsittacus and Geopsittacus, which live mainly upon the ground.
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Ground pearl

  • (Zoöl.), an insect of the family Coccidæ (Margarodes formicarum), found in ants' nests in the Bahamas, and having a shelly covering. They are strung like beads, and made into necklaces by the natives.
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Ground pig

  • (Zoöl.), a large, burrowing, African rodent (Aulacodus Swinderianus) about two feet long, allied to the porcupines but with harsh, bristly hair, and no spines; called also ground rat.
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Ground pigeon

  • (Zoöl.), one of numerous species of pigeons which live largely upon the ground, as the tooth-billed pigeon (Didunculus strigirostris), of the Samoan Islands, and the crowned pigeon, or goura. See Goura, and Ground dove (above).
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Ground pine

  • noun any of several club mosses having long creeping stems and erect branches
    Christmas green.
  • noun low-growing annual with yellow flowers dotted red; faintly aromatic of pine resin; Europe, British Isles and North Africa
    yellow bugle; Ajuga chamaepitys.
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  • . (Bot.) (a) A blue-flowered herb of the genus Ajuga (A. Chamæpitys), formerly included in the genus Teucrium or germander, and named from its resinous smell. Sir L. Hill. (b) A long, creeping, evergreen plant of the genus Lycopodium (L. clavatum); called also club moss. (c) A tree-shaped evergreen plant about eight inches in height, of the same genus (L. dendroideum) found in moist, dark woods in the northern part of the United States. Gray.
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Ground plan

  • noun a floor plan for the ground level of a building
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  • (Arch.), a plan of the ground floor of any building, or of any floor, as distinguished from an elevation or perpendicular section.
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Ground plane

  • the horizontal plane of projection in perspective drawing.
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Ground plate

  • . (a) (Arch.) One of the chief pieces of framing of a building; a timber laid horizontally on or near the ground to support the uprights; a ground sill or groundsel. (b) (Railroads) A bed plate for sleepers or ties; a mudsill. (c) (Teleg.) A metallic plate buried in the earth to conduct the electric current thereto. Connection to the pipes of a gas or water main is usual in cities. Knight.
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Ground plot

  • the ground upon which any structure is erected; hence, any basis or foundation; also, a ground plan.
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Ground plum

  • (Bot.), a leguminous plant (Astragalus caryocarpus) occurring from the Saskatchewan to Texas, and having a succulent plum-shaped pod.
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Ground rat

  • . (Zoöl.) See Ground pig (above).
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Ground rent

  • noun payment for the right to occupy and improve a piece of land
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  • rent paid for the privilege of building on another man's land.
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Ground robin

  • . (Zoöl.) See Chewink.
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Ground room

  • a room on the ground floor; a lower room. Tatler.
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Ground sea

  • the West Indian name for a swell of the ocean, which occurs in calm weather and without obvious cause, breaking on the shore in heavy roaring billows; called also rollers, and in Jamaica, the North sea.
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Ground sill

  • . See Ground plate (a) (above).
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Ground snake

  • noun small shy brightly-ringed terrestrial snake of arid or semiarid areas of western North America
    Sonora semiannulata.
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  • (Zoöl.), a small burrowing American snake (Celuta amoena). It is salmon colored, and has a blunt tail.
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Ground squirrel

  • noun small striped semiterrestrial eastern American squirrel with cheek pouches
    Tamias striatus; striped squirrel; eastern chipmunk; hackee.
  • noun any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worlds; often destroy crops
    spermophile; gopher.
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  • . (Zoöl.) (a) One of numerous species of burrowing rodents of the genera Tamias and Spermophilus, having cheek pouches. The former genus includes the Eastern striped squirrel or chipmunk and some allied Western species; the latter includes the prairie squirrel or striped gopher, the gray gopher, and many allied Western species. See Chipmunk, and Gopher. (b) Any species of the African genus Xerus, allied to Tamias.
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Ground story

  • . Same as Ground floor (above).
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Ground substance

  • noun the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded
    intercellular substance; matrix.
  • noun the clear nongranular portion of the cytoplasm of a cell
    hyaloplasm.
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  • (Anat.), the intercellular substance, or matrix, of tissues.
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Ground swell

  • noun an obvious change of public opinion or political sentiment that occurs without leadership or overt expression
    • there was a ground swell of antiwar sentiment
  • noun a broad and deep undulation of the ocean
    heavy swell.
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  • . (a) (Bot.) The plant groundsel. Obs. Holland. (b) A broad, deep swell or undulation of the ocean, caused by a long continued gale, and felt even at a remote distance after the gale has ceased.
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Ground table

  • . (Arch.) See Earth table, under Earth.
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Ground tackle

  • noun a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
    anchor.
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  • (Naut.), the tackle necessary to secure a vessel at anchor. Totten.
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Ground thrush

  • (Zoöl.), one of numerous species of bright-colored Oriental birds of the family Pittidæ. See Pitta.
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Ground tier

  • . (a) The lowest tier of water casks in a vessel's hold. Totten. (b) The lowest line of articles of any kind stowed in a vessel's hold. (c) The lowest range of boxes in a theater.
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Ground timbers

  • (Shipbuilding) the timbers which lie on the keel and are bolted to the keelson; floor timbers. Knight.
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Ground tit

  • . (Zoöl.) See Ground wren (below).
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Ground wheel

  • that wheel of a harvester, mowing machine, etc., which, rolling on the ground, drives the mechanism.
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Ground wren

  • (Zoöl.), a small California bird (Chamæa fasciata) allied to the wrens and titmice. It inhibits the arid plains. Called also gronnd tit, and wren lit.
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Happy hunting grounds

  • the region to which, according to the belief of American Indians, the souls of warriors and hunters pass after death, to be happy in hunting and feasting. Tylor.
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Home farm, grounds

  • etc., the farm, grounds, etc., adjacent to the residence of the owner.
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To bite the ground, To break ground

  • . See under Bite, Break.
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To come to the ground, To fall to the ground

  • to come to nothing; to fail; to miscarry.
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To gain ground

  • . (a) To advance; to proceed forward in confict; as, an army in battle gains ground. (b) To obtain an advantage; to have some success; as, the army gains ground on the enemy. (c) To gain credit; to become more prosperous or influential.
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To get, ∨ To gather, ground

  • to gain ground. R. "Evening mist . . . gathers ground fast." Milton.
    There is no way for duty to prevail, and get ground of them, but by bidding higher. South.
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To give ground

  • to recede; to yield advantage.
    These nine . . . began to give me ground. Shak.
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To lose ground

  • to retire; to retreat; to withdraw from the position taken; hence, to lose advantage; to lose credit or reputation; to decline.
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To stand one's ground

  • to stand firm; to resist attack or encroachment. Atterbury.
  • to keep the ground or station one has taken; to maintain one's position. "Pleasants and burghers, however brave, are unable to stand their ground against veteran soldiers." Macaulay.
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To take the ground

  • to touch bottom or become stranded; said of a ship.
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well-grounded

  • adjective satellite logically valid
    sound; reasoned.
    • a sound argument
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