from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The return to a fully conscious state after a psychedelic experience.
  • n. The collision of a ship with ground beneath the surface of the water.
  • n. The permanence of aircraft on land because of government action.
  • n. The interconnecting metal chassis/frame of a device, appliance, machine, or metal raceway via a designated conductor to earth at the Service Panel. The conductor may be bare or covered (with green plastic which may have a yellow stripe (US).) This conductor does NOT carry current in normal operation.
  • n. The absorption of energy through visualized "roots" descending from oneself into the ground, using Qi.
  • v. Present participle of ground.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act, method, or process of laying a groundwork or foundation.
  • n. Elementary instruction; instruction in the basic concepts of a topic or skill.
  • n. The act or process of applying a ground, as of color, to wall paper, cotton cloth, etc.; a basis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The background of any design, as in embroidery, especially when itself made of needlework.—2. The act of putting in or preparing such a background.—3. Alumina and oil applied to wall-paper which is to be satin-finished.—4. In ceramics, same as ground-laying.—5. In marble-working, the operation of smoothing the surface of the marble with a succession of fine emeries.

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

  • n. fastening electrical equipment to earth
  • n. education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge


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  • "A short-term grounding of the fleet would have limited economic impact but be of considerable nuisance value for travelers and another blow to Australia's tourism industry already struggling under a high AUD," Ivan Colhoun , head of Australian Economics and Property Research at ANZ said in the note.

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  • Isolation transformers are an option if proper grounding is not an option, it depends on how desperate/paranoid you are.

    3 to 2 prong adapters

  • While it is more than likely that Frank Lloyd Wright never uttered the word “sustainable,” in grounding his work in nature, and in the intensity and thoroughness that he brought to bear upon his commissions, Wright frequently arrived at solutions of a sustainable nature that seem remarkably prescient today.

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  • They seem to lack a certain grounding in reality which spoils the whole movie for me - it's distracting.

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  • He's off to an excellent start, particularly in grounding the story by keeping his reactions rooted in reality.

    'Mars' gets off to stellar but not alien start

  • My parents were broken in on my older sister, more down to earth and practical by the time they got to me and my younger sister - and these people really needed grounding (still my dad made then the more occasional attempt to teach me Greek as a child, so yes, grounding is important for him) And it matters in other ways.

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  • And the adulation, the lack of a certain grounding in fact, have been characteristic of the supporters of both.

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  • Bella is paroled off of her grounding from the motorcycles, with the condition she not neglect her other friends, especially Jacob.

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  • After conducting experiments to determine why oils painted on a waxed ground were brighter than those painted on an oiled cloth, Müntz confirmed a familiar chemical-mechanical explanation: Deterioration results when priming or grounding is poorly executed.

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  • The mandatory written report about Bush's grounding is mysteriously not in the released file, nor is any other disciplinary evidence.

    April 2004


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  • "Walking barefoot, aka grounding, has a potent antioxidant effect that helps alleviate inflammation throughout your body. The human body appears to be finely tuned to 'work' with the earth in the sense that there's a constant flow of energy between our bodies and the earth. When you put your feet on the ground, you absorb large amounts of negative electrons through the soles of your feet.

    Grounding helps thin your blood by improving its zeta potential. This gives each blood cell more negative charge which helps them repel each other to keep your blood thin and less likely to clot. This can significantly reduce your risk of stroke. Research has demonstrated it takes about 80 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your blood stream and transform your blood, so make it a point to regularly walk barefoot on grass or on wet sand for about 1.5-2 hours, if possible."

    - Dr Mercola, 'Are You Using These Simple Lifestyle Strategies to Decrease Your Stroke Risk?', 14 June 2013.

    June 27, 2013