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ground | range |

As nouns the difference between ground and range

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

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 range)


    (en noun)
  • A line or series of mountains, buildings, etc.
  • A fireplace; a fire or other cooking apparatus; now specifically, a large cooking stove with many hotplates.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , II.vii:
  • Therein an hundred raunges weren pight, / And hundred fornaces all burning bright;
  • * L'Estrange
  • He was bid at his first coming to take off the range , and let down the cinders.
  • Selection, array.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, author=(Edwin Black), title=Internal Combustion
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=But through the oligopoly, charcoal fuel proliferated throughout London's trades and industries. By the 1200s, brewers and bakers, tilemakers, glassblowers, pottery producers, and a range of other craftsmen all became hour-to-hour consumers of charcoal.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-19, author=(Timothy Garton Ash)
  • , volume=189, issue=6, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli , passage=Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe. Some call it geoeconomics, but it's geopolitics too. The current power play consists of an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate big free trade and investment agreements.}}
  • An area for practicing shooting at targets.
  • An area for military training or equipment testing.
  • The distance from a person or sensor to an object, target, emanation, or event.
  • Maximum distance of capability (of a weapon, radio, detector, fuel supply, etc.).
  • An area of open, often unfenced, grazing land.
  • Extent or space taken in by anything excursive; compass or extent of excursion; reach; scope.
  • * (Alexander Pope)
  • Far as creation's ample range extends.
  • * Bishop Fell
  • The range and compass of Hammond's knowledge filled the whole circle of the arts.
  • * Addison
  • A man has not enough range of thought.
  • (mathematics) The set of values (points) which a function can obtain.
  • (statistics) The length of the smallest interval which contains all the data in a sample; the difference between the largest and smallest observations in the sample.
  • (sports, baseball) The defensive area that a player can cover.
  • (music) The scale of all the tones a voice or an instrument can produce.
  • (ecology) The geographical area or zone where a species is normally naturally found.
  • (programming) A sequential list of iterators that are specified by a beginning and ending iterator.
  • An aggregate of individuals in one rank or degree; an order; a class.
  • * Sir M. Hale
  • The next range of beings above him are the immaterial intelligences.
  • (obsolete) The step of a ladder; a rung.
  • (Clarendon)
  • (obsolete, UK, dialect) A bolting sieve to sift meal.
  • A wandering or roving; a going to and fro; an excursion; a ramble; an expedition.
  • * South
  • He may take a range all the world over.
  • (US, historical) In the public land system, a row or line of townships lying between two succession meridian lines six miles apart.
  • The scope of something, the extent which something covers or includes.
  • Synonyms

    * (area for military training) base, training area, training ground * (distance to an object) distance, radius * compass


    * (values a function can obtain) domain


    * (values a function can obtain) codomain

    Derived terms

    * (area for practicing shooting) archery range * (area for practicing shooting) firing range * (area for practicing shooting) indoor range * (area for practicing shooting) shooting range * (area for practicing shooting) target range * (area for military training) air weapons range * (area for military training) artillery range * (area for military training) grenade range * (area for military training) live-fire range * (area for military training) missile range * (area for military training) rocket range * (area for military training) tank range * (maximum range) effective range * (maximum range) maximum range


  • To travel (over) (an area, etc); to roam, wander.
  • To rove over or through.
  • to range the fields
  • * John Gay
  • Teach him to range the ditch, and force the brake.
  • (obsolete) To exercise the power of something over something else; to cause to submit (to), (over).
  • *, I.40:
  • The soule is variable in all manner of formes, and rangeth to her selfe, and to her estate, whatsoever it be, the senses of the body, and all other accidents.
  • To bring (something) into a specified position or relationship (especially, of opposition) with something else.
  • * 1851 , (Herman Melville), (Moby Dick) ,
  • At last we gained such an offing, that the two pilots were needed no longer. The stout sail-boat that had accompanied us began ranging alongside.
  • * 1910 , (Saki), ‘The Bag’, Reginald in Russia :
  • In ranging herself as a partisan on the side of Major Pallaby Mrs. Hoopington had been largely influenced by the fact that she had made up her mind to marry him at an early date.
  • (mathematics, computing''; ''followed by over ) Of a variable, to be able to take any of the values in a specified range.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author=Kevin Heng
  • , title= Why Does Nature Form Exoplanets Easily? , volume=101, issue=3, page=184, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=In the past two years, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has located nearly 3,000 exoplanet candidates ranging' from sub-Earth-sized minions to gas giants that dwarf our own Jupiter. Their densities ' range from that of styrofoam to iron.}}
  • To classify.
  • to range plants and animals in genera and species
  • To form a line or a row.
  • The front of a house ranges with the street.
  • * Dryden
  • which way the forests range
  • * 1873 , ,
  • The street-lamps burn amid the baleful glooms, / Amidst the soundless solitudes immense / Of ranged mansions dark and still as tombs.
  • To be placed in order; to be ranked; to admit of arrangement or classification; to rank.
  • * Shakespeare
  • And range with humble livers in content.
  • To set in a row, or in rows; to place in a regular line or lines, or in ranks; to dispose in the proper order.
  • * Bible, 2 Macc. xii. 20
  • Maccabeus ranged his army by hands.
  • To place among others in a line, row, or order, as in the ranks of an army; usually, reflexively and figuratively, to espouse a cause, to join a party, etc.
  • * Burke
  • It would be absurd in me to range myself on the side of the Duke of Bedford and the corresponding society.
  • (biology) To be native to, or live in, a certain district or region.
  • The peba ranges from Texas to Paraguay.
  • To separate into parts; to sift.
  • (Holland)
  • To sail or pass in a direction parallel to or near.
  • to range the coast
    * (English Citations of "range")


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