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[uh-ground] /əˈgraʊnd/
adverb, adjective
on or into the ground; in a stranded condition or state:
The ship ran aground.
Origin of aground
1250-1300; Middle English. See a-1, ground1 Unabridged
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  • Unhappily it got aground, and all on board of it were captured.

    Across India Oliver Optic
  • "Well, Bob, we must come about or get aground," I continued.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • Were not aground, at all events, for they could feel the boat moving down stream under the influence of the current.

  • The situation of a vessel when she is aground at the height of spring-tides.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • While the brig is aground you'd best stay on board the tug, so's to be out of the way.

    A Runaway Brig; James Otis
  • First, the sail-boat checked and slewed; 'aground,' I concluded.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • Here I might, to prevent others from falling into one of my errors, point out a rock on which I was aground for a long time.

  • That is to say, the ship appeared to be floating—or was she aground?

    Overdue Harry Collingwood
  • Thinking there was a good channel in a passage through, we got aground; but by good management we got off without damadge.

  • We're out here waiting for it, instead of aground as they'll expect.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for aground


adverb, adjective
(postpositive) on or onto the ground or bottom, as in shallow water
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Word Origin and History for aground

late 13c., "on the ground," from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + ground (n.). Of ships and boats, "stranded," from c.1500.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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