• (Taoism) One of the five basic elements.
  • (uncountable) Any general rock-based material.

    "She sighed when the plane's wheels finally touched earth."

  • A fox's home or lair.
  • (India and Japan) One of the five basic elements.
  • (uncountable) Soil.

    "This is good earth for growing potatoes."

  • (Britain) A connection electrically to the earth ((US) ground); on equipment: a terminal connected in that manner.
  • (alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
  • The ground, land (as opposed to the sky or sea).

    "Birds are of the sky, not of the earth."

  • The world of our current life (as opposed to heaven or an afterlife).

Proper noun

  • Our planet, third out from the Sun; see main entry Earth.

    "The astronauts saw the earth from the porthole."


  • (transitive) To hide, or cause to hide, in the earth; to chase into a burrow or den.
  • To bury.
  • (Britain) To connect electrically to the earth.

    "That noise is because the amplifier is not properly earthed."

  • To burrow.

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