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ground·work

 (ground′wûrk′)
n.
A foundation; a basis. See Synonyms at base1.

groundwork

(ˈɡraʊndˌwɜːk)
n
1. preliminary work as a foundation or basis
2. (Art Terms) the ground or background of a painting, etc

ground•work

(ˈgraʊndˌwɜrk)

n.
foundation or basis: to lay the groundwork for an international conference.
[1540–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.groundwork - the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
explanation - thought that makes something comprehensible
meat and potatoes - the fundamental part; "successful negotiation is the meat and potatoes of arbitration"
supposal, supposition, assumption - a hypothesis that is taken for granted; "any society is built upon certain assumptions"
2.groundwork - lowest support of a structuregroundwork - lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower"
bed - a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track; "the track bed had washed away"
raft foundation - a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
support - supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"
3.groundwork - preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation; "we are prepared today because of groundwork that was done ten years ago"
preparation, readying - the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had begun"

groundwork

noun preliminaries, basis, foundation, base, footing, preparation, fundamentals, cornerstone, underpinnings, spadework These courses provide the groundwork of statistical theory.

groundwork

noun
1. The lowest or supporting part or structure:
2. That on which something immaterial, such as an argument or a charge, rests:
base, basis, footing, foundation, fundament, ground (often used in plural), underpinning (often used in plural).
Translations
الأعمال التَّحضيريَه
podklady
fundamentgrundlag
undirbúningsvinna
prípravné práce

groundwork

[ˈgraʊndwɜːk] Ntrabajo m preliminar or preparatorio
to do the groundwork for sthponer las bases de algo

groundwork

[ˈgraʊndwɜːrk] npréparation f
to do the groundwork for sth → préparer le terrain pour qch
to lay the groundwork for sth → préparer le terrain pour qch

groundwork

[ˈgraʊndˌwɜːk] nlavoro preparatorio, preparazione f

ground2

(graund) noun
1. the solid surface of the Earth. lying on the ground; high ground.
2. a piece of land used for some purpose. a football ground.
verb
1. to base. His argument is grounded on a series of wrong assumptions.
2. to (cause a ship to) hit the seabed or shore and remain stuck.
3. to prevent (an aeroplane, pilot) from flying. All planes have been grounded because of the fog.
ˈgrounding noun
the teaching of the basic facts of a subject. a good grounding in mathematics.
ˈgroundless adjective
without reason. Your fears are groundless.
grounds noun plural
1. the garden or land round a large house etc. the castle grounds.
2. good reasons. Have you any grounds for calling him a liar?
3. the powder which remains in a cup (eg of coffee) which one has drunk. coffee grounds.
ground floor
the rooms of a building which are at street level. My office is on the ground floor; (also adjective) a ground-floor flat.
groundnutpeanutˈgroundwork noun
work done in preparation for beginning a project etc.
break new ground
to deal with a subject for the first time.
cover ground
to deal with a certain amount of work etc. We've covered a lot of ground at this morning's meeting.
get (something) off the ground
to get (a project etc) started.
hold one's ground
to refuse to move back or retreat when attacked. Although many were killed, the soldiers held their ground.
lose ground
to (be forced to) move back or retreat. The general sent in reinforcements when he saw that his troops were losing ground.
References in classic literature ?
Doubtless this may have been the case in most instances, but it was not the less hard to bar on that account--and after all, its bottom, its groundwork, was selfishness.
especially with such a groundwork of anticipation as her mind had already made.
Humility, Jane," said he, "is the groundwork of Christian virtues: you say right that you are not fit for the work.
Scottish manners, Scottish dialect, and Scottish characters of note, being those with which the author was most intimately, and familiarly acquainted, were the groundwork upon which he had hitherto relied for giving effect to his narrative.
We Communists have been reproached with the desire of abolishing the right of personally acquiring property as the fruit of a man's own labour, which property is alleged to be the groundwork of all personal freedom, activity and independence.
To Confucius, as has been already stated, is due that groundwork of Chinese poetry -- the Odes.
From the very beginning-- from the first moment, I may almost say-- of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.
Here, then, we leave, in the very beginning, the groundwork for something more than a mere guess.
Richard was fond of saying that this child of invention consisted of nothing more nor less than what should form the groundwork of every clergyman’s discourse, viz.
The impossibility of not doing everything in the world to make Fanny Price happy, or of ceasing to love Fanny Price, was of course the groundwork of his eloquent answer.
The groundwork of the arrangement was the family dresser, which, with its shining handles, and finger-marks, and domestic evidences thick upon it, stood importantly in front, over the tails of the shaft-horses, in its erect and natural position, like some Ark of the Covenant that they were bound to carry reverently.
That they have some high-fenced grove which they call a park; that they live in larger and better-garnished saloons than he has visited, and go in coaches, keeping only the society of the elegant, to watering-places and to distant cities,--these make the groundwork from which he has delineated estates of romance, compared with which their actual possessions are shanties and paddocks.