Meaning of EARTH in English

I. ˈərth noun

Etymology: Middle English erthe, from Old English eorthe; akin to Old High German erda earth, Greek era

Date: before 12th century

1. : the fragmental material composing part of the surface of the globe ; especially : cultivable soil

2. : the sphere of mortal life as distinguished from spheres of spirit life — compare heaven , hell


a. : areas of land as distinguished from sea and air

b. : the solid footing formed of soil : ground

4. often capitalized : the planet on which we live that is third in order from the sun — see planet table


a. : the people of the planet Earth

b. : the mortal human body

c. : the pursuits, interests, and pleasures of earthly life as distinguished from spiritual concerns

6. : the lair of a burrowing animal

7. : an excessive amount of money — used with the

real suede, which costs the earth to clean — Joanne Winship

• earth·like -ˌlīk adjective

- on earth

II. verb

Date: 1575

transitive verb

1. : to drive to hiding in the earth

2. : to draw soil about (plants) — often used with up

3. chiefly British : ground 3

intransitive verb

of a hunted animal : to hide in the ground

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.