Definition of Earth

1. Noun. The 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on. "He sailed around the world"

Exact synonyms: Globe, World
Terms within: Air, Atmosphere, Hemisphere, Van Allen Belt, Hydrosphere, Dry Land, Ground, Land, Solid Ground, Terra Firma, Geosphere, Lithosphere, Sky
Group relationships: Solar System
Generic synonyms: Terrestrial Planet
Derivative terms: Earthling, Global

2. Verb. Hide in the earth like a hunted animal.
Generic synonyms: Hide, Hide Out

3. Noun. The loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface. "They dug into the earth outside the church"
Exact synonyms: Ground
Specialized synonyms: Moraine, Diatomaceous Earth, Diatomite, Kieselguhr, Saprolite, Dirt, Soil
Generic synonyms: Material, Stuff
Derivative terms: Earthy

4. Verb. Connect to the earth. "Earth the circuit"
Generic synonyms: Ground
Derivative terms: Earthing

5. Noun. The solid part of the earth's surface. "He dropped the logs on the ground"

6. Noun. The abode of mortals (as contrasted with Heaven or Hell). "It was hell on earth"
Generic synonyms: Location
Derivative terms: Earthly

7. Noun. Once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles).
Language type: Archaicism, Archaism
Generic synonyms: Element

8. Noun. The concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife. "They consider the church to be independent of the world"
Exact synonyms: Earthly Concern, World, Worldly Concern
Generic synonyms: Concern
Derivative terms: Worldly

9. Noun. A connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage).
Exact synonyms: Ground
Generic synonyms: Connecter, Connection, Connective, Connector, Connexion
Category relationships: Electricity
Derivative terms: Ground

Definition of Earth

1. n. The globe or planet which we inhabit; the world, in distinction from the sun, moon, or stars. Also, this world as the dwelling place of mortals, in distinction from the dwelling place of spirits.

2. v. t. To hide, or cause to hide, in the earth; to chase into a burrow or den.

3. v. i. To burrow.

4. n. A plowing.

5. n. The connection of any part an electric conductor with the ground; specif., the connection of a telegraph line with the ground through a fault or otherwise.

Definition of Earth

1. Proper noun. The third planet in order from the Sun, upon which humans live. Represented in astronomy and astrology by ? and ?. ¹

2. Proper noun. Our planet, third out from the Sun; see main entry Earth. ¹

3. Noun. Soil. ¹

4. Noun. Any general rock-based material. ¹

5. Noun. The ground, land (as opposed to the sky or sea). ¹

6. Noun. (British) A connection electrically to the ''earth'' ((qualifier US) ground); on equipment: a terminal connected in that manner. ¹

7. Noun. A fox's home or lair. ¹

8. Noun. The world of our current life (as opposed to heaven or an afterlife). ¹

9. Noun. (alchemy) One of the four basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements). ¹

10. Noun. (India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements). ¹

11. Noun. (context: Taoist) One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Five Elements). ¹

12. Verb. (British) To connect electrically to the ''earth''. ¹

13. Verb. To bury. ¹

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Definition of Earth

1. to cover with earth (soil) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Earth

1. 1. Planet that is the third in order from the sun. It is one of the four inner or terrestrial planets of the solar system. 2. The softer inorganic matter composing part of the surface of the globe, in distinction from the firm rock; soil of all kinds, including gravel, clay, loam, and the like; sometimes, soil favorable to the growth of plants; the visible surface of the globe; the ground; as, loose earth; rich earth. "Give him a little earth for charity." (Shak) 3. Any earthy-looking metallic oxide, as alumina, glucina, zirconia, yttria, and thoria. A similar oxide, having a slight alkaline reaction, as lime, magnesia, strontia, baryta. 4. Earth is used either adjectively or in combination to form compound words; as, earth apple or earth-apple; earth metal or earth-metal; earth closet or earth-closet. Adamic earth, Bitter earth, Bog earth, Chian earth, etc. See Adamic, Bitter, etc. Alkaline earths. See Alkaline. Earth apple. Origin: AS. Eore; akin to OS. Ertha, OFries. Irthe, D. Aarde, OHG. Erda, G. Erde, Icel. Jor, Sw. & Dan. Jord, Goth. Airpa, OHG. Ero, Gr, adv, to earth, and perh. To E. Ear to plow. Source: Websters Dictionary (25 Jun 1999)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Earth

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Literary usage of Earth

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. New Physical Geography by Ralph Stockman Tarr (1908)
"Shape of the earth. — When we look at the full moon we see clearly that it is ... If we could stand on the moon and look at the earth, we would see that it, ..."

2. Elementary Physical Geography by William Morris Davis (1902)
"Physical geography treats of the various features of the earth that ... Hence it must consider the form of the earth as a whole, the climates of its ..."

3. A Textbook of Geology by Amadeus William Grabau (1920)
"Geology is the science of the earth in all its aspects, except those which deal with the relationship of the earth to other planets and to the sun of our ..."

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