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groundbreaking

[ground-brey-king]
noun
1.
the act or ceremony of breaking ground for a new construction project.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to such a ceremony.
3.
originating or pioneering a new endeavor, field of inquiry, or the like: Pasteur's groundbreaking work in bacteriology.

Origin:
1905–10; ground1 + break + -ing1, -ing2

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groundbreaking

adjective
1. being or producing something like nothing done or experienced or created before; "stylistically innovative works"; "innovative members of the artistic community"; "a mind so innovational, so original" [syn: innovative

noun
1. the ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project 
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