Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Situated or taking place on or above the surface of the ground.
  • adjective Operating or existing within the establishment; conventional.

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  • adjective Above the surface of the ground.
  • adjective figuratively Above the surface.
  • adjective Not dead and buried; alive.
  • adjective Existing, produced, or published by or within the establishment.
  • noun The portion of society that is not underground.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective on or above the surface of the ground

Etymologies

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above +‎ ground

Examples

  • You can get from the subway to the Manulife center without going aboveground, which is great when it rains.

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  • Evapotranspiration and albedo may be affected by ecosystem properties such as aboveground biomass or leaf area index

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  • Lexicon defines "aboveground" extremist groups as those whose members "operate overtly and portray themselves as law-abiding," even though they are really part of the conspiracy to topple the republic.

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  • What lay behind the WU trajectory, however, was not merely frustration with the shortcomings of the "aboveground" movement, or long-term strategic thinking.

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  • Impatient to get back aboveground and deal with Telly, it was hard to keep still.

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  • The subway goes aboveground, and New York in all its drabness slides past the window.

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  • I think, from a lifetime of being involved in real estate ventures, that we'll be lucky to see it happen in our lifetimes .... and this is assuming we'll hang out aboveground for more than ten more years.

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  • The mortuary had cleared the snow from the grave, and the casket lay aboveground for our makeshift ceremony.

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  • I think, from a lifetime of being involved in real estate ventures, that we'll be lucky to see it happen in our lifetimes .... and this is assuming we'll hang out aboveground for more than ten more years.

    You Don�t Need a Weatherman

  • I think, from a lifetime of being involved in real estate ventures, that we'll be lucky to see it happen in our lifetimes .... and this is assuming we'll hang out aboveground for more than ten more years.

    You Don�t Need a Weatherman

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