1. [ noun ] (astronomy) the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet on which we live
Synonyms: world globe

"the Earth moves around the sun" "he sailed around the world"

Related terms: terrestrial_planet solar_system land sky atmosphere hemisphere lithosphere hydrosphere Van_Allen_belt
2. [ noun ] the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface
Synonyms: ground

"they dug into the earth outside the church"

Related terms: material soil saprolite diatomaceous_earth moraine
3. [ noun ] the solid part of the earth's surface
Synonyms: ground land terra_firma solid_ground dry_land

"the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land" "the earth shook for several minutes" "he dropped the logs on the ground"

Related terms: object hills island plain mainland floor cape landmass forest America peninsula wonderland oxbow neck foreland archipelago isthmus coastal_plain slash beachfront land land land ground down ground ground land
4. [ noun ] the abode of mortals (as contrasted with heaven or hell)

"it was hell on earth"

Related terms: location
5. [ verb ] connect to the earth, as of a circuit
Related terms: ground
6. [ noun ] the concerns of the world as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife
Synonyms: world earthly_concern worldly_concern

"they consider the church to be independent of the world"

Related terms: concern
7. [ noun ] (archaic) once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
Related terms: element archaism
8. [ verb ] hide in the earth, as of a hunted fox
Related terms: hide hide
9. [ noun ] (electricity) a connection between an electrical device and the earth (which is a zero voltage)
Synonyms: ground
Related terms: connection ground
Similar spelling:   earthy