Definition of aground in English:

aground

adjective & adverb

  • (with reference to a ship) on or on to the bottom in shallow water:

    [as adverb] ‘the ships must slow to avoid running aground’
    [as predicative adjective] ‘a cargo ship aground in the Pentland Firth’
    • ‘There were civilian sea captains, killed far from home when their ships ran aground on the reef.’
    • ‘According to reports just in all of the crew have been airlifted off the Cabin Fever ship after it went aground on the rugged rocks of Tory island.’
    • ‘This cargo ship ran aground on the shallow rocks during the 1960s.’
    • ‘When ships go aground for failing to observe the dates of low water level, they might have to wait weeks before new water arrives to lift them off the sand banks.’
    • ‘A Royal Navy submarine was forced to pull out of exercises off the coast of Scotland early yesterday morning when it went aground.’
    • ‘With the ship run aground and the bow well out of the water, these would have been easy to salvage.’
    • ‘Kirkwall lifeboat was called out to a boat aground in the Rousay Sound on Sunday afternoon.’
    • ‘One of the most unusual jobs of the year came in April when Hamble Lifeboat went to the aid of a yacht aground off Egypt Point on the Isle of White in fairly heavy weather.’
    • ‘A messy maritime incident that's getting worse, a cargo ship ran aground in the Aleutians.’
    • ‘The ship ran aground for three minutes before it was eased off.’
    • ‘In 1918 when the ship Makambo ran aground, hundreds of rats rode onto the beach with the wreckage.’
    • ‘Why had the ship gone aground; why couldn't it be pulled off the rocks?’
    • ‘Due to the fact that we were late on landing, the tide was dropping and the craft was well aground, and we thought it best to take cover on the beach in a type of bunker.’
    • ‘The ship had ran aground on a sandbar at the mouth of the inlet.’
    • ‘Why, then, did Prospero incite the elements to cause this ship to be tossed aground on his island?’
    • ‘There had been a storm, though, I think, and the ship had run aground on an island ruled by some sort of nasty feudal overlord.’
    • ‘The tail end of a cyclone hit Gisborne just as the ship was leaving the harbour and instead of sailing out beyond the reef it finished up aground alongside it.’
    • ‘Twenty-five miles to the south is Pigeon Point, named for a ship that ran aground here in 1853.’
    • ‘There was no chance of saving the ship and by low water she was hard aground, her propellers embedded in the sand.’
    • ‘Taylor confirmed that no oil spills had been reported, but added there was always the potential danger of an oil spill when a ship ran aground.’
    foundered, ashore, beached, grounded, stuck, shipwrecked, wrecked, high and dry, on the rocks, on the bottom, on the ground
    marooned, stranded
    foundered, ashore, beached, grounded, stuck, shipwrecked, wrecked, high and dry, on the rocks, on the bottom, on the ground
    marooned, stranded
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘on the ground’): from a- ‘on’+ ground.

Pronunciation:

aground

/əˈɡraʊnd/