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[ground-brey-king] /ˈgraʊndˌbreɪ kɪŋ/
the act or ceremony of breaking ground for a new construction project.
of or relating to such a ceremony.
originating or pioneering a new endeavor, field of inquiry, or the like:
Pasteur's groundbreaking work in bacteriology.
Origin of groundbreaking
1905-10; ground1 + break + -ing1, -ing2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for groundbreaking
  • It was not exactly what you would call groundbreaking stuff.
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  • Demonstrations will offer the chance for visitors to participate and learn about the science behind these groundbreaking flights.
  • Although highly readable, the book includes no groundbreaking historical research.
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  • It is also a topic rife with groundbreaking research.
  • As discussed previously, this project is a landmark, groundbreaking renewable energy project if it goes through.
  • If you really made a groundbreaking scientific discovery, the astronomy journals will be rushing to publish your paper.
  • He did groundbreaking work in biology and pathogens without the concept of evolution.
Word Origin and History for groundbreaking

1907 as a figurative adjective, from expression to break ground, either for planting or for building; see ground (n.) + break (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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