from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Theat., a painted cloth laid on the stage to represent grass, gravel walks, etc.


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  • He pulled his ground-cloth out of his pack and spread it out beside Wintersky, numbly taking what Wintersky dug up, cleaning it meticulously with spit and a handkerchief, and laying it out on the ground-cloth.

    Elephant in the City 2010

  • As soon as Egeanin entered, Amathera, who was on the ground-cloth with Olver, curled herself into a ball on her knees.

    Knife of Dreams Jordan, Robert, 1948- 2005

  • She stood up so quickly that her chair toppled over backward, but she left it lying there on the canvas ground-cloth.

    Knife of Dreams Jordan, Robert, 1948- 2005

  • Her bedding was hardly comfortable, laid out on the canvas ground-cloth in a corner of the not-very-large square tent, yet she had come here, though it meant riding.

    Knife of Dreams Jordan, Robert, 1948- 2005

  • Juilin came with Amathera and Olver. so games of Snakes and Foxes, played sprawled on the ground-cloth, were added to stones played at the small table.

    Knife of Dreams Jordan, Robert, 1948- 2005

  • Get a nine-by-nine-feet (more or less) square of cloth, and it will be found useful as shelter, fly, ground-cloth, windbreak, and in other ways after reaching camp.

    On the Trail An Outdoor Book for Girls Lina Beard 1888

  • For each act the location on the stage of all scenery and furniture must be definitely determined, as well as the exact place for each performance, and the producer determines the location of the same, and the different heads of the mechanical staff mark the stage ground-cloth in colored crayons or water-colors for the guidance of the stage carpenter, property man, and electricians, upon whom devolves the duty of setting the stage, props and electrical equipment.

    The Art of Stage Dancing The Story of a Beautiful and Profitable Profession Ned Wayburn


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