from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In electricity, the act of connecting to earth; grounding.

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  • verb Present participle of earth.

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  • noun fastening electrical equipment to earth


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  • All communications by wire from the three ports were blocked by "earthing" the wires, so as to cause short circuit.

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  • He spent many hours each week inside a $1,2000 hyperbaric chamber and sprawled on silver-lined "earthing" sheets that are purported to speed the recovery of tissues.

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  • He is indignant at being charged with the "imbecility of hoping to force the working classes into the churches by earthing up the paths of escape."

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  • No matter what the system is wheither it be islamic system or a democractic system, arab politicans will be woeful at doing both its fact a horrible and down earthing fact arabs cant do for nothing with the word politics in it!

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  • On the allotment, the potatoes are in and already showing, and I am earthing up in case we get a frost.

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  • Giuliani was the vanguard of the number-crunching, fine-print scanning evil wonks bent on scorched-earthing all that was, and his enforcers on this were the likely suspects — his police commissioners, Howie Safir and Berniie Kerik — respectability-aspiring, blue-collar hammers for “the man”.

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  • In addition to working sixty hours a week I have to spend several hours a week earthing the NYT.

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  • In addition to working sixty hours a week I have to spend several hours a week earthing the NYT.

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  • A child-sized anthropomorphic marvel, the New Motive Engine had steel arms and spheres, zinc and copper plates for its brain, antennae to draw power from the skies, a chest of wires, bars, chemicals and magnets and earthing rods for legs.

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  • U.earthing the genetic complexities of cancer "is still a massive task," says Prof. Michael Stratton, head of the cancer-genome project at the U. K.'s Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

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  • The “earthing” or “grounding” movement believes that “direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth” results in positive health outcomes, including reducing inflammation, cortisol levels, and improving sleep patterns.

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