(often initial capital letter) the planet third in order from the sun, having an equatorial diameter of 7926 miles (12,755 km) and a polar diameter of 7900 miles (12,714 km), a mean distance from the sun of 92.9 million miles (149.6 million km), and a period of revolution of 365.26 days, and having one satellite.
the inhabitants of this planet, especially 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.
Chemistry. any of several metallic oxides that are difficult to reduce, as alumina, zirconia, and yttria.
Compare , .
Also called earth color. Fine Arts. any of various pigments consisting chiefly of iron oxides and tending toward brown in hue.
Chiefly British Electronics. a ground.
Archaic. a land or country.
verb (used with object)
Chiefly British Electronics. to ground.
move heaven and earth. (def 8).
on earth, in the world:
Where on earth have you been?
run to earth,
(sometimes capital) the third planet from the sun, the only planet on which life is known to exist. It is not quite spherical, being flattened at the poles, and consists of three geological zones, the core, mantle, and thin outer crust. The surface, covered with large areas of water, is enveloped by an atmosphere principally of nitrogen (78 per cent), oxygen (21 per cent), and some water vapour. The age is estimated at over four thousand million years. Distance from sun: 149.6 million km; equatorial diameter: 12 756 km; mass: 5.976 × 1024 kg; sidereal period of axial rotation: 23 hours 56 minutes 4 seconds; sidereal period of revolution about sun: 365.256 days related adjectives terrestrial tellurian telluric terrene
the inhabitants of this planet: the whole earth rejoiced
the dry surface of this planet as distinguished from sea or sky; land; ground
the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the surface of the ground and consists of disintegrated rock particles, mould, clay, etc; soil
worldly or temporal matters as opposed to the concerns of the spirit
the hole in which some species of burrowing animals, esp foxes, live
(chem) See rare earth, alkaline earth
Also called earth colour. any of various brown pigments composed chiefly of iron oxides
(modifier) (astrology) of or relating to a group of three signs of the zodiac, Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn Compare air (sense 20), fire (sense 24), water (sense 12)
(informal) cost the earth, to be very expensive
come back to earth, come down to earth, to return to reality from a fantasy or daydream
on earth, used as an intensifier in such phrases as what on earth, who on earth, etc
run to earth
(intransitive) (of a hunted fox) to go to ground
(transitive) to connect (a circuit, device, etc) to earth
Old English eorþe “ground, soil, dry land,” also used (along with middangeard) for “the (material) world” (as opposed to the heavens or the underworld), from Proto-Germanic *ertho (cf. Old Frisian erthe “earth,” Old Saxon ertha, Old Norse jörð, Middle Dutch eerde, Dutch aarde, Old High German erda, German Erde, Gothic airþa), from PIE root *er- (2) “earth, ground” (cf. Middle Irish -ert “earth”). The earth considered as a planet was so called from c.1400.
Any of several metallic oxides, such as alumina or zirconia, from which it is difficult to remove oxygen. No longer in technical use.
The planet on which we live — the third planet from the sun.
Note: The Earth was formed at the same time as the sun, about 4.6 billion years ago.
Note: It consists of an inner core made of iron and nickel, an outer core of liquid metal, a mantle, and, on the outside, a crust.
Note: The surface of the solid Earth is in a state of constant change as the rock is moved around by the processes of plate tectonics.
Note: On the Earth’s surface, the oceans and the continents form the stage on which the evolution of life takes place. The atmosphere above the surface circulates, producing the daily weather.
(1.) In the sense of soil or ground, the translation of the word _adamah’_. In Gen. 9:20 “husbandman” is literally “man of the ground or earth.” Altars were to be built of earth (Ex. 20:24). Naaman asked for two mules’ burden of earth (2 Kings 5:17), under the superstitious notion that Jehovah, like the gods of the heathen, could be acceptably worshipped only on his own soil. (2). As the rendering of _’erets_, it means the whole world (Gen. 1:2); the land as opposed to the sea (1:10). _Erets_ also denotes a country (21:32); a plot of ground (23:15); the ground on which a man stands (33:3); the inhabitants of the earth (6:1; 11:1); all the world except Israel (2 Chr. 13:9). In the New Testament “the earth” denotes the land of Judea (Matt. 23:35); also things carnal in contrast with things heavenly (John 3:31; Col. 3:1, 2).
[ur-thuh n] /ˈɜr θən/ adjective 1. composed of . 2. . /ˈɜːθən/ adjective (prenominal) 1. made of baked clay: an earthen pot 2. made of earth adj. early 13c., “made of earth;” see earth + -en (2). Not attested in Old English (where eorðen meant “of or in the earth”). Cognate of Old High German […]
[ur-thuh n-wair] /ˈɜr θənˌwɛər/ noun 1. pottery of baked or hardened clay, especially any of the coarse, opaque varieties. 2. clay for making such pottery. /ˈɜːθənˌwɛə/ noun 1. n. 1670s, from earthen + ware.
[urth-god] /ˈɜrθˌgɒd/ noun 1. a god of fertility and vegetation.
[urth-god-is] /ˈɜrθˌgɒd ɪs/ noun 1. a goddess of fertility and vegetation.