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Old English eorþe, eorþ 'ground, soil, dry land', from Proto-Germanic *erþō (cf. West Frisian [[ierde#Template:Fy|ierde]], Dutch aarde, German Erde, Danish jord), from *erwōn 'earth' (cf. Old English ēar, Old High German ero, Old Norse jǫrfi 'gravel'), from Proto-Indo-European *er- (cf. Template:Sga úr 'earth', Tocharian B yare 'gravel', Ancient Greek éras 'earth', éraze 'on the ground', Template:Hy erkir 'earth', erkin 'heaven, sky').


Proper noun[]

the earth


the earth

  1. Our planet, third out from the Sun; see main entry Earth.
    The astronauts saw the earth from the porthole.

Usage notes[]

English usage guides prefer the capitalized form of this word (Earth) when referring to the planet.




Earth as soil (1)



Earth (-)

  1. (uncountable) Soil.
    This is good earth for growing potatoes.
  2. (uncountable) Any general rock-based material.
    She sighed when the plane's wheels finally touched earth.
  3. The ground, land (as opposed to the sky or sea).
    Birds are of the sky, not of the earth.
  4. (British) A connection electrically to the earth (US ground); on equipment: a terminal connected in that manner.
  5. A fox's home or lair.
  6. The world of our current life (as opposed to heaven or an afterlife).
    • 1819, John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
      "Beauty is truth, truth beauty," - that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
  7. Template:Alchemy One of the four basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  8. Template:India One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  9. (Taoist) One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Five Elements).

Derived terms[]


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See also[]

  • Appendix:Planets


to Earth

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to Earth (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)

  1. (British) To connect electrically to the earth.
    That noise is because the amplifier is not properly earthed.
  2. To bury.


  • (to connect electrically to the earth): (US) ground


Derived terms[]

  • unearth


  • aehrt,
  • hater
  • heart
  • rathe
  • rehat

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