American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The floor of a building at or nearest ground level.
- n. Informal The beginning of a venture, especially regarded as a position of advantage: investors vying to get in on the ground floor of a development project.
- n. The floor of a building closest to ground level; first floor (US)
- n. informal The initial stage of a project
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the floor of a house most nearly on a level with the ground; -- called also in America, but not in England, the
- n. the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building
- n. becoming part of a venture at the beginning (regarded as position of advantage)
- adj. on the floor closest to level with the ground
“Erissida and her mother were asleep in the hayloft in the roof, having ceded the living quarters on the ground floor to us.”
“Sude knew that the CIA was a likely target but remained in the CTC offices on the ground floor of the Agency, preparing to write the avalanche of reports about al-Qaeda she knew were likely to fill her coming days.”
“His longtime partner and friend, Toby Doolittle, had been on the ground floor of the Oklahoma City federal building several years ago.”
“After her departure, Penrod expended some finalities of eloquence upon Duke, then disgustedly gathered him up in his arms, dumped him into the basket and, shouting sternly, "All in for the ground floor -- step back there, madam -- all ready, Jim!" lowered dog and basket to the floor of the storeroom.”
“The ground floor had a restaurant-size kitchen, a dining room with a birch-wood table big enough for all the barnstormers to sit around simultaneously, a living room where the team meeting had been held, and several sitting areas.”
“The ground floor was to be arranged as a writing-room, infra sedes scribentium, -- the furniture being a large table in the centre, and seven writing-desks against the walls.”
“The shop took up the ground floor of a two-story redbrick building on Quentin Road and East Thirty-sixth”
“Timepiece was the club everyone went to, but it had a ground floor where it would be quiet enough to talk, and Mae liked it okay, largely because of the indie music they played on Fridays.”
“He and Miss Jessica had approached it up two flights of dusty stairs, and the smell of newsprint from the small local newspaper office on the ground floor hung round them depressingly.”
“Bonaparte occupied, at the Little Luxembourg, the apartments on the ground floor which lie to the right on entering from the Rue de Vaugirard.”
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