Meaning of EARTH in English

/ ɜːθ; NAmE ɜːrθ/ noun , verb

■ noun


(also Earth , the Earth ) [ U , sing. ] the world; the planet that we live on :

the planet Earth

the history of life on earth

the earth's ozone layer

The earth revolves around the sun.

I must be the happiest person on earth !


[ U , sing. ] land; the hard surface of the world that is not the sea or the sky; the ground :

After a week at sea, it was good to feel the earth beneath our feet again.

You could feel the earth shake as the truck came closer.

➡ note at floor


[ U ] the substance that plants grow in :

a clod / lump / mound of earth

➡ note at soil


[ C ] the hole where an animal, especially a fox , lives


( BrE ) ( NAmE ground ) [ C , usually sing. ] a wire that connects an electric circuit with the ground and makes it safe


- charge, cost, pay, etc. the earth

- come back / down to earth (with a bang / bump) | bring sb (back) down to earth (with a bang / bump)

- go to earth / ground

- how, why, where, who, etc. on earth

- be, feel, look, taste, etc. like nothing on earth

- on earth

- run sb/sth to earth / ground

—more at end noun , face noun , move verb , promise verb , salt noun , wipe verb

■ verb

( BrE ) ( NAmE ground ) [ vn ] [ usually passive ] to make electrical equipment safe by connecting it to the ground with a wire



Old English eorthe , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aarde and German Erde .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.