soft ground

noun
1.
an etching ground usually mixed with tallow. Compare hard ground.
2.
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.
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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.
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