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      n   a type of lavatory in which earth is used to cover excreta  
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1    sometimes cap   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 kilometres; equatorial diameter: 12756 km; mass: 5.976x1024 kg; sidereal period of axial rotation: 23 hours 56 minutes 4 seconds; sidereal period of revolution: 365.256 days  
   Related adjs       terrestrial       tellurian       telluric       terrene  
2    the inhabitants of this planet  
the whole earth rejoiced     
3    the dry surface of this planet as distinguished from sea or sky; land; ground  
4    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  
5    worldly or temporal matters as opposed to the concerns of the spirit  
6    the hole in which a burrowing animal, esp. a fox, lives  
7      (Chem)      See       rare earth       alkaline earth  
a    a connection between an electrical circuit or device and the earth, which is at zero potential  
b    a terminal to which this connection is made,   (U.S. and Canadian equivalent)    ground  
9      (Also called)    earth colour   any of various brown pigments composed chiefly of iron oxides  
10    modifier     (Astrology)   of or relating to a group of three signs of the zodiac, Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn  
   Compare       air       19       fire       24       water       12  
11    cost the earth  
Informal   to be very expensive  
12    come back or down to earth   to return to reality from a fantasy or daydream  
13    on earth   used as an intensifier in such phrases as what on earth, who on earth, etc.  
14    run to earth  
a    to hunt (an animal, esp. a fox) to its earth and trap it there  
b    to find (someone) after searching  
15    intr   (of a hunted fox) to go to ground  
16    tr   to connect (a circuit, device, etc.) to earth,   (See also)        earth up  
     (Old English eorthe; related to Old Norse jorth, Old High German ertha, Gothic airtha, Greek era)  

alkaline earth  
1      (Also called)    alkaline earth metal, alkaline earth element   any of the divalent electropositive metals beryllium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, barium, and radium, belonging to group 2A of the periodic table  
2    an oxide of one of the alkaline earth metals  
Barbados earth  
      n   a diatomaceous marl found in Barbados  
black earth  
      n      another name for       chernozem  
brown earth  
      n   an intrazonal soil of temperate humid regions typically developed under deciduous forest into a dark rich layer (mull): characteristic of much of southern and central England  
diatomaceous earth  
      n   an unconsolidated form of diatomite,   (Also called)    kieselguhr  
      adj   sensible; practical; realistic  
earth closet  
      n   a type of lavatory in which earth is used to cover excreta  
      n   an asteroid in an orbit that takes it close to the earth,   (Also called)    near-earth asteroid  
earth inductor compass  
      n   a compass that depends on the current induced in a coil revolving in the earth's magnetic field,   (Also called)    inductor compass  
earth mother  
1      (in various mythologies)  
a    a female goddess considered as the source of fertility and life  
b    the earth personified  
2    Informal   a sensual or fecund woman  
earth pillar  
      n   a landform consisting of a column of clay or earth capped and protected from erosion by a boulder  
earth return  
      n   the return path for an electrical circuit made by connections to earth at each end  
earth science  
      n   any of various sciences, such as geology, geography, and geomorphology, that are concerned with the structure, age, and other aspects of the earth  
earth up  
      vb   tr, adv   to cover (part of a plant, esp. the stem) with soil in order to protect from frost, light, etc.  
earth wax  
      n      another name for       ozocerite  
Friends of the Earth  
      n   functioning as sing or pl   an organization of environmentalists and conservationists whose aim is to promote the rational and sustainable use of the earth's resources,   (Abbrevs)    FoE, FOE  
fuller's earth  
      n   a natural absorbent clay used, after heating, for decolorizing oils and fats, fulling cloth, etc.  
heavy earth  
      n      another name for       barium oxide  
infusorial earth  
      n      another name for       diatomaceous earth  
rare earth  
1    any oxide of a lanthanide  
2      (Also called)    rare-earth element      another name for       lanthanide  
red earth  
      n   a clayey zonal soil of tropical savanna lands, formed by extensive chemical weathering, coloured by iron compounds, and less strongly leached than laterite  
scorched earth policy  
1    the policy in warfare of removing or destroying everything that might be useful to an invading enemy, esp. by fire  
2      (Business)   a manoeuvre by a company expecting an unwelcome takeover bid in which apparent profitability is greatly reduced by a reversible operation, such as borrowing at an exorbitant interest rate  

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1    globe, orb, planet, sphere, terrestrial sphere, world  
2    clay, clod, dirt, ground, land, loam, mould, sod, soil, topsoil, turf  

common-sense, hard-headed, matter-of-fact, mundane, no-nonsense, plain-spoken, practical, realistic, sane, sensible, unsentimental  

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Of, relating to, or occurring on or near the surface of the earth. Eg.: a surficial geologic deposit.
surf(ace) + (superf)icial
the diametrically opposite point on Earth's surface for a specific place
uppermost layer in Earth`s atmosphere; lies above the ionosphere and extends to the edge of interplanetary space
a field of study searching for ways to prevent global warming by deliberately changing Earth's natural system
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