adverb, adjective
on or into the ground; in a stranded condition or state: The ship ran aground.

1250–1300; Middle English. See a-1, ground Unabridged
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aground (əˈɡraʊnd)
adv, —adj
(postpositive) on or onto the ground or bottom, as in shallow water

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + ground.
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Example sentences
Running aground, he was obliged to abandon his vessel.
Even sailors who didn't run aground here told tales of the howling winds and
Here, wind-whipped tides can build seas big enough to capsize small boats and
  currents strong enough to drive big ships aground.
It worked to a point, until the water became too shallow and the ships ran
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