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As nouns the difference between ground and post

is that ground is (senseid)(uncountable) the surface of the earth, as opposed to the sky or water or underground while post is post, mail.

As a verb ground

is to connect (an electrical conductor or device) to a ground or ground can be (grind).

As an adjective ground

is crushed, or reduced to small particles.



(wikipedia ground)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) grund , from (etyl) .

Alternative forms

* (contraction used in electronics)


  • (senseid)(uncountable) The surface of the Earth, as opposed to the sky or water or underground.
  • * , chapter=23
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=If the afternoon was fine they strolled together in the park, very slowly, and with pauses to draw breath wherever the ground sloped upward. The slightest effort made the patient cough.}}
  • *
  • Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. […]  Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=52, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The new masters and commanders , passage=From the ground , Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts.}}
  • (uncountable) Terrain.
  • (uncountable) Soil, earth.
  • (countable) The bottom of a body of water.
  • Basis, foundation, groundwork, legwork.
  • Background, context, framework, surroundings.
  • * '>citation
  • The plain surface upon which the figures of an artistic composition are set.
  • crimson flowers on a white ground
  • In sculpture, a flat surface upon which figures are raised in relief.
  • In point lace, the net of small meshes upon which the embroidered pattern is applied.
  • Brussels ground
  • In etching, a gummy substance spread over the surface of a metal to be etched, to prevent the acid from eating except where an opening is made by the needle.
  • (architecture, mostly, in the plural) One of the pieces of wood, flush with the plastering, to which mouldings etc. are attached.
  • Grounds are usually put up first and the plastering floated flush with them.
  • (countable) A soccer stadium.
  • (electricity, Canadian, and, US) An electrical conductor connected to the ground.
  • (electricity, Canadian, and, US) A level of electrical potential used as a zero reference.
  • (countable, cricket) The area of grass on which a match is played (a cricket field); the entire arena in which it is played; the part of the field behind a batsman's popping crease where he can not be run out (hence to make one's ground ).
  • (music) A composition in which the bass, consisting of a few bars of independent notes, is continually repeated to a varying melody.
  • (music) The tune on which descants are raised; the plain song.
  • * 1592 , (William Shakespeare), '', act III, scene vii, in: ''The Works of Shake?pear V (1726), page 149:
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  • 91;]   The Mayor is here at hand; pretend ?ome fear, // Be not you ?poke with, but by mighty ?uit; // And look you get a prayer-book in your hand, // And ?tand between two churchmen, good my lord, // For on that ground I’ll build a holy de?cant: // And be not ea?ily won to our reque?ts: // Play the maid’s part, ?till an?wer nay, and take it.
  • The pit of a theatre.
  • (Ben Jonson)
    * (electricity) earth (British)
    Derived terms
    * aboveground / above ground * air-to-ground * aground * break ground * breeding ground * burial ground * common ground * cricket ground * cumber ground / cumber-ground / cumberground * dead ground * ear to the ground * facts on the ground * fairground * figure and ground * from the ground up * gain ground * get off the ground * give ground * gill-over-the-ground * go to ground * ground bait * ground ball * ground bass * ground beetle * ground berry * ground-breaker * ground-breaking * ground cable * ground cedar * ground cherry * ground cloth * ground clutter * ground control * ground cover * ground effect * ground fault * ground fir * ground fire * ground fish * ground floor * ground forces * ground game * ground glass * ground hemlock * ground hog / ground-hog / groundhog * ground itch * ground ivy * ground lamella * ground laurel * ground level * ground loop * groundly * ground meristem * ground noise * ground offensive * ground out * ground pangolin * ground pine * ground plan * ground plane * ground plate * ground plum * ground pounder * ground proximity warning system * ground rattlesnake * ground rent * ground robin * ground roller * ground rule / ground-rule * ground-shaker * ground shark * ground sloth * groundsman * ground snake * ground speed * ground spider * ground squirrel * ground state * ground stroke * ground substance * ground swell * ground tackle * ground tissue * ground-to-air * ground truth * ground water * ground wave * ground wire * ground zero * groundwork * high ground / moral high ground * hit the ground running * home ground * kiss the ground someone walks on * know one's ass from a hole in the ground * lose ground * middle ground * neutral ground * off the ground * on the ground * parade ground * picnic ground * pleasure ground * proving ground * run into the ground * school ground * solid ground / on solid ground * stamping ground * stand one's ground * stomping ground * teeing ground * testing ground * thick on the ground * thin on the ground * underground * vantage ground * (ground)
    See also
    * floor * terra firma


    (en verb)
  • To connect (an electrical conductor or device) to a ground.
  • To punish, especially a child or teenager, by forcing him/her to stay at home and/or give up certain privileges.
  • If you don't clean your room, I'll be forced to ground you.
    Carla, you are grounded until further notice for lying to us about where you were yesterday.
    My kids are currently grounded from television.
  • To forbid (an aircraft or pilot) to fly.
  • Because of the bad weather, all flights were grounded .
  • To give a basic education in a particular subject; to instruct in elements or first principles.
  • Jim was grounded in maths.
  • (baseball) to hit a ground ball; to hit a ground ball which results in an out. Compare fly (verb(regular)) and line (verb).
  • Jones grounded to second in his last at-bat.
  • (cricket) (of a batsman) to place his bat, or part of his body, on the ground behind the popping crease so as not to be run out
  • To run aground; to strike the bottom and remain fixed.
  • The ship grounded on the bar.
  • To found; to fix or set, as on a foundation, reason, or principle; to furnish a ground for; to fix firmly.
  • * Bible, Ephesians iii. 17
  • being rooted and grounded in love
  • * Sir W. Hamilton
  • So far from warranting any inference to the existence of a God, would, on the contrary, ground even an argument to his negation.
  • (fine arts) To cover with a ground, as a copper plate for etching, or as paper or other materials with a uniform tint as a preparation for ornament.
  • Etymology 2

    * See also milled.


  • (grind)
  • I ground the coffee up nicely.


  • Crushed, or reduced to small particles.
  • ground mustard seed
  • Processed by grinding.
  • lenses of ground glass
    * milled

    Derived terms

    * ground beef * ground pepper * stone-ground



    (wikipedia post)

    Alternative forms

    * poast (obsolete)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl)


    (en noun)
  • A long dowel or plank protruding from the ground; a fence post; a light post
  • (construction) a stud; a two-by-four
  • A pole in a battery
  • (dentistry) A long, narrow piece inserted into a root canal to provide retention for a crown.
  • a prolonged final melody note, among moving harmony notes
  • (paper, printing) A printing paper size measuring 19.25 inches x 15.5 inches
  • (sports) goalpost
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=But they marginally improved after the break as Didier Drogba hit the post . }}
  • (obsolete) The doorpost of a victualler's shop or inn, on which were chalked the scores of customers; hence, a score; a debt.
  • * S. Rowlands
  • When God sends coin / I will discharge your post .
    Derived terms
    * doorpost * fencepost * from pillar to post * gatepost * goalpost * hitching post * king post * lamppost * listening post * milepost * newel post * post hole * * scratching post * signpost * tool post


    (en verb)
  • To hang (a notice) in a conspicuous manner for general review.
  • Post no bills.
  • To hold up to public blame or reproach; to advertise opprobriously; to denounce by public proclamation.
  • to post someone for cowardice
  • * Granville
  • On pain of being posted to your sorrow / Fail not, at four, to meet me.
  • (accounting) To carry (an account) from the journal to the ledger.
  • * Arbuthnot
  • You have not posted your books these ten years.
  • To inform; to give the news to; to make acquainted with the details of a subject; often with up .
  • * London Saturday Review
  • thoroughly posted up in the politics and literature of the day
  • (poker) To pay (a blind)
  • Since Jim was new to the game, he had to post $4 in order to receive a hand.
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Each of a series of men stationed at specific places along a postroad, with responsibility for relaying letters and dispatches of the monarch (and later others) along the route.
  • (dated) A station, or one of a series of stations, established for the refreshment and accommodation of travellers on some recognized route.
  • a stage or railway post
  • A military base; the place at which a soldier or a body of troops is stationed; also, the troops at such a station.
  • * Archbishop Abbot
  • In certain places there be always fresh posts , to carry that further which is brought unto them by the other.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I fear my Julia would not deign my lines, / Receiving them from such a worthless post .
  • * 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 199:
  • information was filtered through the counting-houses and warehouses of Antwerp; posts galloped along the roads of the Low Countries, while dispatches streamed through Calais, and were passed off the merchant galleys arriving in London from the Flanders ports.
  • An organisation for delivering letters, parcels etc., or the service provided by such an organisation.
  • sent via ''post'''; ''parcel '''post
  • * Alexander Pope
  • I send you the fair copy of the poem on dullness, which I should not care to hazard by the common post .
  • A single delivery of letters; the letters or deliveries that make up a single batch delivered to one person or one address.
  • A message posted in an electronic forum.
  • A location on a basketball court near the basket.
  • (American football) A moderate to deep passing route in which a receiver runs 10-20 yards from the line of scrimmage straight down the field, then cuts toward the middle of the field (towards the facing goalposts) at a 45-degree angle.
  • Two of the receivers ran post patterns.
  • (obsolete) Haste or speed, like that of a messenger or mail carrier.
  • * Shakespeare
  • In post he came.
  • (obsolete) One who has charge of a station, especially a postal station.
  • * Palfrey
  • He held office of postmaster, or, as it was then called, post , for several years.
    Derived terms
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


    (en verb)
  • To send an item of mail.
  • Mail items posted before 7.00pm within the Central Business District and before 5.00pm outside the Central Business District will be delivered the next working day.
  • To travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in haste.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Post speedily to my lord your husband.
  • * Milton
  • And post o'er land and ocean without rest.
  • (UK, horse-riding) To rise and sink in the saddle, in accordance with the motion of the horse, especially in trotting.
  • (Internet) To publish a message to a newsgroup, forum, blog, etc.
  • I couldn't figure it out, so I posted a question on the mailing list.
    Derived terms


  • With the post, on post-horses; express, with speed, quickly
  • * 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 353:
  • In this posture were affairs at the inn when a gentleman arrived there post .
  • * 1888 , Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Arrest of Lieutenant Golightly’, Plain Tales from the Hills , Folio 2005, p. 93:
  • He prided himself on looking neat even when he was riding post .
  • sent via the postal service
  • Descendants
    * German: (l)

    Etymology 3

    Probably from (etyl) poste.


    (en noun)
  • An assigned station; a guard post.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=52, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The new masters and commanders , passage=From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts . For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.}}
  • An appointed position in an organization.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 14, author=Angelique Chrisafis, work=Guardian
  • , title= Rachida Dati accuses French PM of sexism and elitism , passage=She was Nicolas Sarkozy's pin-up for diversity, the first Muslim woman with north African parents to hold a major French government post . But Rachida Dati has now turned on her own party elite with such ferocity that some have suggested she should be expelled from the president's ruling party.}}


    (en verb)
  • To enter (a name) on a list, as for service, promotion, etc.
  • To assign to a station; to set; to place.
  • Post a sentinel in front of the door.
  • * De Quincey
  • It might be to obtain a ship for a lieutenant, or to get him posted .

    Etymology 4

    From (etyl) post


    (English prepositions)
  • after; especially after a significant event that has long-term ramifications
  • * 2008 , Michael Tomasky, "Obama cannot let the right cast him in that 60s show", The Guardian , online,
  • One of the most appealing things for me about Barack Obama has always been that he comes post the post-60s generation.
  • * 2008 , Matthew Stevens, "Lew pressured to reveal what he knows", The Australian , online,
  • Lew reckons he had three options for the cash-cow which was Premier post the Coles sale.

    See also

    * post-


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