see ground, n.
- Bottom; foundational; first; primary; most basic.
ground [-s] n
OE 'bottom of something'.
- Earth; soil; surface of the earth; [fig.] grave; burial place.
- Foundation; support.
- Country; nation; specific region.
- Basis; [fig.] plain song; tune on which songs are built.
- Territory; land; [fig.] expanse; aspect; [word play on “grounds”] dregs; coarse particles found at the bottom of a drink.