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earthbound1

or earth-bound

[urth-bound] /ˈɜrθˌbaʊnd/
adjective
1.
firmly set in or attached to the earth.
2.
limited to the earth or its surface.
3.
having only earthly interests.
4.
lacking in imagination or sophistication:
earthbound prose.
Origin of earthbound1
1595-1605
1595-1605; earth + -bound1

earthbound2

or earth-bound

[urth-bound] /ˈɜrθˌbaʊnd/
adjective
1.
headed for the earth:
an earthbound meteorite.
Origin
1930-35; earth + -bound2
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  • Are the inhabitants of this "intermediate state" the "earthbound" of the spiritists?

  • Can we charter a plane to haul our earthbound cargo out of Marsport?

    Atom Drive Charles Louis Fontenay
  • This was a proof that they needed one to come from above, that they might be delivered from their downward, earthbound nature.

    The Gospel of St. John Frederick Denison Maurice
  • Moreover, it's appropriate; but I'm down here, you know, earthbound and extremely mortal.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • Every railroad journey found him wandering like an earthbound spirit between his seat and the luggage van.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
  • Eusebius goes so far as to believe that ‘earthbound spirits’ do speak through the medium, but a much simpler theory is obvious.

  • The big moon, no longer smoking in the earthbound haze, had risen into the clear dominion of the upper sky.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for earthbound

earthbound

/ˈɜːθˌbaʊnd/
adjective
1.
confined to the earth
2.
lacking in imagination; pedestrian or dull
3.
moving or heading towards the earth
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