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soft ground

an etching ground usually mixed with tallow.
Compare hard ground.
a technique of etching in which a design is drawn on paper placed on a plate covered with a soft ground, resulting in a granular effect resembling pencil, chalk, or crayon. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Through a field he ran until he came into another road and getting upon his knees felt of the soft ground with his fingers.
  • The soft ground was impressed with the prints of birds and livestock and people.
  • Other projects include construction of roadways over soft ground.
  • Large flat wooden boards braced under the ladder can level a ladder on uneven ground or soft ground.
  • For complete safety, a muzzleloader should be emptied by shooting into soft ground.
  • Long legs and broad, flat hooves help them walk on snow and on soft ground such as a peat bog.
  • Don't place a ladder on unstable footing or soft ground.
  • Rain soaks into soft ground and provides nourishment.
  • When they investigated, they found running footprints in the soft ground heading toward the neighbor's house.

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