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Definition of the noun grounds

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  1. your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of grounds: evidence
    • more generic word: information = knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
    • more specific terms:
      • probable cause = evidence sufficient to warrant an arrest or search and seizure
      • cogent evidence / proof = any factual evidence that helps to establish the truth of something
      • falsification / refutation / disproof = any evidence that helps to establish the falsity of something
      • track / trail / lead = evidence pointing to a possible solution
      • symptom = any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
      • sign = any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease
  2. the enclosed land around a house or other building
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of grounds: curtilage / yard
    • more generic word: field = a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed
    • more specific terms:
      • backyard = the grounds in back of a house
      • dooryard = a yard outside the front or rear door of a house
      • front yard = the yard in front of a house
      • garden = a yard or lawn adjoining a house
      • playground = yard consisting of an outdoor area for children's play
      • side yard = the grounds at either side of a house
  3. a tract of land cleared for some special purposes (recreation or burial etc.)
  4. a justification for something existing or happening
  5. dregs consisting of solid particles (especially of coffee) that form a residue
    • example: it is a Middle Eastern custom to read your future in your coffee grounds
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic words: dregs / settlings = sediment that has settled at the bottom of a liquid
    • more specific term: coffee grounds = the dregs remaining after brewing coffee

Alternative definition of the noun grounds


  1. [legal] Basis or justification for something, as in "'grounds' for divorce."
  2. The collective land areas that compose a larger area, as in the castle 'grounds.'
  3. [plural only] The sediment at the bottom of a liquid, or from which a liquid has been filtered (as in coffee grounds).


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Phrases with Grounds

  1. Grounds Officer
  2. coffee grounds

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Grounds

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Google previewRuling Case Law (1916)

As Developed and Established by the Decisions and Annotations Contained in Lawyers Reports Annotated, American Decisions, American Reports, American State Reports, American and English Annotated Cases, American Annotated Cases, English Ruling Cases, British Ruling Cases, United States Supreme Court Reports, and Other Series of Selected Cases by William Mark McKinney, Burdett Alberto Rich

Whether it is the duty of a railway company to fence its right of way at its depot grounds is a question of law for the court.18 But as the space needed for depot purposes depends on the facts in each particular case, it is the almost unanimous ...

Google previewBaylor University 2012 (2011)

by Teni Odunsi

Common Grounds is a pretty neat, hip little coffee shop, but it stays packed. The SUB, where you can bowl, shoot pool, play foosball, and just waste some time if you're broke or under twenty-one, is actually one of the least-used resources.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Local Government Law (1906)

Exclusive of the Metropolis

BURIAL GROUNDS UNDER THE BURIAL ACTS — continued. PAGE A. Adoption of, and authorities for execution of, Burial Acts — cont. (c) Borough Councils as Burial Authorities under the Burial Acts — continued. Expenses 90 Borrowing ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2010)

Volume 14: Folklife by Glenn Hinson, William Ferris

Family burial grounds, of course, are not uniquely southern. Yet the perpetuation of dominantly rural culture in the South through World War II and beyond makes rural burial grounds spatially more common in this region than elsewhere.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Shakers (2017)

by Stephen J. Paterwic

Feast grounds were the sacred places set up in 1842 for outdoor worship.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Marine Mammals (2009)

by William F. Perrin, Bernd Würsig, J.G.M. Thewissen

Habitat Right whales migrate annually between high-latitude feeding grounds and low-latitude calving and breeding grounds (Cummings, 1985; Reeves and Kenney, 2003). There are substantial differences in the locations where most ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica, Or a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1810)

Blue japan grounds may be formed of bright Prussian blue, or of verditer glazed over by Prussian blue, or of smalt. The colour may be best mixed with shell-lac varnish, and brought to a polishing state by five or fix coats of varnish of feedlac: ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Birth Control (2001)

by Vern L. Bullough

This canon formed part of the church's matrimonial law and potentially furnished grounds for the annulment of marriages from which one or both of the parties wished to escape. Medieval and early modern ecclesiastical courts, however, seem ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice (1900)

At Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts

Whenever it shall appear to the board of health that any low lots or vacant grounds are in a condition to injure or endanger the public health, it shall be the duty of the said board of health to appointaboard of inspection, to be composed of the ...

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In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage. (Robert Anderson)
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Scrabble value of G2R1O1U1N1D2S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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