see also: Earth
Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. Alternative letter-case form of Earth#English|Earth; Our planet, third out from the Sun.
    The astronauts saw the earth from the porthole.


  1. (uncountable) Soil.
    This is good earth for growing potatoes.
  2. (uncountable) Any general rock-based material.
    She sighed when the plane's wheels finally touched earth.
  3. The ground, land (as opposed to the sky or sea).
    Birds are of the sky, not of the earth.
  4. (British) A connection electrically to the earth ((US) ground); on equipment: a terminal connected in that manner.
  5. The lair (as a hole on the ground) of an animal such as fox.
  6. A region of the planet; a land or country.
  7. Worldly things, as against spiritual ones.
  8. The world of our current life (as opposed to heaven or an afterlife).
    • 1819 May, John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, in Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems, London: Printed [by Thomas Davison] for Taylor and Hessey, […], published 1820, OCLC 927360557 ↗, stanza 5, page 116 ↗:
      "Beauty is truth, truth beauty,"—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
  9. The people on the globe.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Genesis 11:1 ↗:
      And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speach.
  10. (archaic) The human body.
  11. (alchemy, philosophy and Taoism) The aforementioned soil- or rock-based material, considered one of the Classical element.
  12. (chemistry, obsolete) Any of certain substances now known to be oxides of metal, which were distinguished by being infusible, and by insolubility in water.
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earth (earths, present participle earthing; past and past participle earthed)

  1. (UK, transitive) To connect electrically to the earth.
    Synonyms: ground
    That noise is because the amplifier is not properly earthed.
  2. (transitive) To bury.
    • The miser earths his treasure, and the thief, / Watching the mole, half beggars him ere noon.
  3. (transitive) To hide, or cause to hide, in the earth; to chase into a burrow or den.
    • The fox is earthed.
  4. (intransitive) To burrow.
  • French: relier à la terre, mettre à la terre
  • German: erden
  • Italian: mettere a terra, collegare a terra
  • Portuguese: aterrar
  • Russian: заземлять
Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. topics enThe third planet of the Solar System; the world upon which humans live.
  2. The personification of the Earth or earth, (chiefly) as a fertile woman or (religion) goddess.
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