Definition of aground in English:


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’
    • ‘Twenty-five miles to the south is Pigeon Point, named for a ship that ran aground here in 1853.’
    • ‘There were civilian sea captains, killed far from home when their ships ran aground on the reef.’
    • ‘There was no chance of saving the ship and by low water she was hard aground, her propellers embedded in the sand.’
    • ‘The ship had ran aground on a sandbar at the mouth of the inlet.’
    • ‘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 ship ran aground for three minutes before it was eased off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why, then, did Prospero incite the elements to cause this ship to be tossed aground on his island?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kirkwall lifeboat was called out to a boat aground in the Rousay Sound on Sunday afternoon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Royal Navy submarine was forced to pull out of exercises off the coast of Scotland early yesterday morning when it went aground.’
    • ‘A messy maritime incident that's getting worse, a cargo ship ran aground in the Aleutians.’
    • ‘With the ship run aground and the bow well out of the water, these would have been easy to salvage.’
    • ‘Why had the ship gone aground; why couldn't it be pulled off the rocks?’
    • ‘This cargo ship ran aground on the shallow rocks during the 1960s.’
    • ‘In 1918 when the ship Makambo ran aground, hundreds of rats rode onto the beach with the wreckage.’
    foundered, ashore, beached, grounded, stuck, shipwrecked, wrecked, high and dry, on the rocks, on the bottom, on the ground
    foundered, ashore, beached, grounded, stuck, shipwrecked, wrecked, high and dry, on the rocks, on the bottom, on the ground
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Middle English (in the sense ‘on the ground’): from a- ‘on’ + ground.