from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The floor of a building at or nearest ground level.
  • noun Informal The beginning of a venture, especially regarded as a position of advantage.

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  • noun The floor of a building closest to ground level; first floor (US)
  • noun informal The initial stage of a project

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  • adjective on the floor closest to level with the ground
  • noun the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building
  • noun becoming part of a venture at the beginning (regarded as position of advantage)


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