ground adj

see ground, n.

  1. Bottom; foundational; first; primary; most basic.

ground [-s] n

OE 'bottom of something'.

  1. Earth; soil; surface of the earth; [fig.] grave; burial place.
  2. Foundation; support.
  3. Country; nation; specific region.
  4. Basis; [fig.] plain song; tune on which songs are built.
  5. Territory; land; [fig.] expanse; aspect; [word play on “grounds”] dregs; coarse particles found at the bottom of a drink.