earth [-s, -'s] n

OE < IE 'ground'.

  1. World; planet which we inhabit.
  2. Dry land.
  3. Mortality; temporal existence; abode contrasting with heaven.
  4. Ground; place of burial; [fig.] contrast between life and death.
  5. Dirt; loam; soil suited for cultivation.
  6. Surface.
  7. This world; this sphere of existence as opposed to other states; [fig.] death.
  8. Living creatures; inhabitants of the world.
  9. Beauty of the planet.
  10. Primordial state; Eden-like place.
  11. World; inhabitable planet.