ground cloth

a covering, usually of canvas, for the floor of a stage.

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groundsheet or ground cloth (ˈɡraʊndˌʃiːt)
1.  a waterproof rubber, plastic, or polythene sheet placed on the ground in a tent, etc, to keep out damp
2.  a similar sheet put over a sports field to protect it against rain
ground cloth or ground cloth

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Example sentences
Sweep net and ground cloth sampling for insects in soybeans.
Carry a lightweight, waterproof ground cloth or plastic sheet that can be used for emergency shelter.
If you choose to use these products, make sure to first install a woven ground cloth to keep them from sinking in sandy soils.
Place another stretcher outside of decontamination area on plastic ground cloth to receive non-ambulatory patient from ambulance.
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