Meaning of “earth” in the English Dictionary

"earth" in British English

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earthnoun

uk /ɜːθ/ us /ɝːθ/

earth noun (PLANET)

B1 [ S or U ] also Earth the planet third in order of distance from the sun, between Venus and Mars; the world on which we live:

The earth takes approximately 3651/4 days to go round the sun.
The circus has been described as the greatest show on earth (= in the world).
Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars are called "rocky planets".

More examples

  • It was Ptolemy who propounded the theory that the earth was at the centre of the universe.
  • The satellite slowly rotates as it circles the earth.
  • As every schoolboy knows, the earth revolves around the sun.
  • Meteorites often burn up in the atmosphere before they reach the Earth.
  • Theories abound about how the earth began.

earth noun (GROUND)

B2 [ S or U ] the land surface of the world rather than the sky or sea:

The earth was shaking and people rushed out of their houses in panic.
He had enjoyed the voyage but was happy to feel the earth beneath his feet once more.

B2 the usually brown, heavy and loose substance of which a large part of the surface of the ground is made, and in which plants can grow:

The ploughed earth looked rich and dark and fertile.

More examples

  • Their hoofs threw up clods of earth as they galloped across the field.
  • There was a large mound of earth in the middle of the field.
  • A large worm wriggled in the freshly dug earth.
  • In the spring you almost feel you can smell the earth.
  • I like to get my hands in the earth when I'm gardening.

earthverb [ T usually passive ]

uk /ɜːθ/ us /ɝːθ/ UK US ground

(Definition of “earth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"earth" in American English

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earthnoun [ U ]

us /ɜrθ/

earth noun [ U ] (PLANET)

the planet third in order of distance from the sun, after Venus and before Mars; the world on which we live:

His trainer called him the greatest boxer on earth (= in the world).

earth noun [ U ] (SUBSTANCE)

the loose substance of which a large part of the surface of the ground is made, and in which plants can grow; the land surface of the earth rather than the sky or sea:

The plowed earth looked dark and fertile.

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(Definition of “earth” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)