from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A waterproof cover used to protect an area of ground, such as a baseball field.
- n. A waterproof sheet placed under camp bedding as a protection against moisture.
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- n. a waterproofed piece of cloth spread on the ground (as under a tent) to protect from moisture
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Another night he slept in an abandoned chicken house, and he spread his ground cloth over the floor, which was thick with chalky old chicken shit that gritted under him when he moved and smelled like the dusty remainders of ancient deadmen.