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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
  • The landing boat was aground, having removed the two passengers.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Were not aground, at all events, for they could feel the boat moving down stream under the influence of the current.

  • This ship, also aground in the Middle Channel, now came into action with a roar.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • 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
  • The ship was plunging fore and aft—a sure sign that she was not now aground.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • 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.

  • "Well, Bob, we must come about or get aground," I continued.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • Thinking there was a good channel in a passage through, we got aground; but by good management we got off without damadge.

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

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
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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