earth: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ûrth), [key]
- (often cap.) the planet third in order from the sun, having an equatorial diameter of 7926 mi. (12,755 km) and a polar diameter of 7900 mi. (12,714 km), a mean distance from the sun of 92.9 million mi. (149.6 million km), and a period of revolution of 365.26 days, and having one satellite. See table under
- the inhabitants of this planet, esp. the human inhabitants: The whole earth rejoiced.
- this planet as the habitation of humans, often in contrast to heaven and hell: to create a hell on earth.
- the surface of this planet: to fall to earth.
- the solid matter of this planet; dry land; ground.
- soil and dirt, as distinguished from rock and sand; the softer part of the land.
- the hole of a burrowing animal; lair.
- any of several metallic oxides that are difficult to reduce, as alumina, zirconia, and yttria. Cf. alkaline earth, rare earth.
- Also calledany of various pigments consisting chiefly of iron oxides and tending toward brown in hue.
- a ground.
- a land or country.
- See(def. 7).
- in the world: Where on earth have you been?
- to run a fox to earth.
- Hunting.to chase (an animal) into its hole or burrow:to run a fox to earth.
- to search out; track down:They ran the fugitive to earth in Algiers.
- to ground.
- earth (Thesaurus)