earth [ʉrth]
[ME erthe < OE eorthe, akin to Ger erde < IE base * er- > Gr era, earth, Welsh erw, field]
1. [often E-] the planet that we live on; terrestrial globe: it is the fifth largest planet of the solar system and the third in distance from the sun: diameter, c. 12,760 km ( c. 7,930 mi); period of revolution, one earth year; period of rotation, 24 hours; one satellite; symbol, ♁: often with the
2. this world, as distinguished from heaven and hell
3. all the people on the earth
4. land, as distinguished from sea or sky; the ground
5. the soft, granular or crumbly part of land; soil; ground
6. Old Poet.
a) the substance of the human body
b) the human body
c) the concerns, interests, etc. of human life; worldly matters
7. the hole of a burrowing animal; lair
8. Obs. a land or country
9. Chem. any of the metallic oxides, formerly classed as elements, which are reduced with difficulty to an alkaline-earth metal, rare-earth element, or certain other metals
10. Elec. [Brit.] Elec. Brit. GROUND1
1. to cover (up) with soil for protection, as seeds or plants
2. to chase (an animal) into a hole or burrow
to hide in a burrow: said of a fox, etc.
come back to earth or come down to earth
to stop being impractical; return to reality
down to earth
1. practical; realistic
2. sincere; without affectation
go to earth
Chiefly Brit. to go into hiding
on earth
of all things: an intensive used mainly after interrogative pronouns [what on earth do you mean?]
run to earth [< use in fox hunting]
1. to hunt down
2. to find by search
SYN.- EARTH is applied to the globe or planet we live on, but in religious use is opposed to heaven or hell; UNIVERSE refers to the whole system of planets, stars, space, etc. and to everything that exists in it; WORLD is equivalent to EARTH, esp. as relates to human activities, but is sometimes a generalized synonym for UNIVERSE

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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