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[ground-brey-king] /ˈgraʊndˌbreɪ kɪŋ/

the act or ceremony of breaking ground for a new construction project.
of or relating to such a ceremony.
originating or pioneering a new endeavor, field of inquiry, or the like:
Pasteur’s groundbreaking work in bacteriology.
innovative: a ground-breaking novel

1907 as a figurative adjective, from expression to break ground, either for planting or for building; see ground (n.) + break (v.).


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