Definition of earthbound in English:

earthbound

adjective

  • 1Restricted to the earth.

    ‘a flightless earthbound bird’
    • ‘People around the world have taken inspiration from the metamorphosis of the earthbound caterpillar into the ethereal butterfly.’
    • ‘The hawk's presence in the sky encouraged game birds to remain earthbound.’
    • ‘They present recent advances due largely to the advent of massive earthbound and spaceborne telescopes.’
    • ‘Yes, the clock on the International Space Station will tick slower than the earthbound clock because of relativistic effects.’
    • ‘So as the star spins around, the beams regularly sweep across earthbound telescopes, much the way a lighthouse beam regularly skims across a coastline.’
    • ‘My data bits were being beamed up through a satellite dish, and bounced off one of the geostationary telecommunication satellites, to earthbound dishes, routers, and landlines.’
    • ‘These include lights and appliances that are voice-activated, personal virtual reality commercials that flash on walls as an individual walks past, and cars that are no longer earthbound.’
    • ‘Without the vulture, many earthbound scavengers would not be able to locate food as quickly as they do.’
    • ‘Those who refuse to board an airliner out of fear, but seem unconcerned about using earthbound automobile transportation are ignoring statistics which demonstrate the far greater danger associated with automobile travel.’
    • ‘The dual robotic manipulator arms, fitted with tiny video cameras and precision positioning sensors, must accomplish the work mostly autonomously with only limited supervision from earthbound operators.’
    • ‘There are many examples throughout history where a more advanced race of earthbound humans from one island happened upon a more primitive race from another.’
    • ‘Instead of being associated with earthbound reptiles, dinosaurs are being linked with ethereal birds.’
    • ‘On the ground, with nothing but the restrictive horizontal perspective - the curse of all flightless, earthbound creatures - it's a labyrinth.’
    • ‘As earthbound primates, humans generally interpret the concept of acceleration within the boundaries of rectilinear translation.’
  • 2Limited to material existence as distinct from a spiritual or heavenly one.

    ‘her earthbound view of the sacrament’
    • ‘In terms of Irish stereotypes, Beowulf seems like a Gaelic rather than a Celtic piece of art - canny, virile and earthbound rather than dreamy, spiritual and involuted.’
    • ‘He may have left us but he did leave behind a slice of heaven for us to enjoy while we are still earthbound.’
    • ‘But this was a rather more earthbound experience.’
    • ‘Wide and slow-flowing, it washes away all earthbound memories and desires, leaving the spirit clean once again.’
    earthly, worldly, terrestrial, non-spiritual, unspiritual, material
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    1. 2.1 Lacking in imaginative reach or drive.
      ‘an earthbound performance’
      • ‘These artists often carve effortlessly through the stone, unrestricted by its original shape, which for other sculptors usually predetermines an earthbound frontality of form.’
      • ‘Kleiber's Ninth is also impressively and tautly conducted although I felt that the performance is slightly earthbound with others bringing a greater sense of purpose and urgency to this most seminal of symphonies.’
      • ‘The Second Symphony is slightly earthbound but is a worthy alternative view nonetheless.’
      • ‘The usual merits of Koopman's no-nonsense way with such works was in evidence but the performance remained disappointingly earthbound.’
      • ‘His minimalist and idiosyncratic contemporary choreography is earthbound, gesturally limited, and repetitive.’
      • ‘The F major Overture is also well played although I thought the music remained slightly earthbound and could have done with a little more ‘lift’ at times, especially in the faster movements.’
      • ‘In their busy drama those paintings remain earthbound, superficial.’
      • ‘Other conductors such as Solti and Kempe have brought a clarity and power to the work but at the same, their performances were strangely earthbound.’
      • ‘In their very different ways, they have conveyed all the poetry, passion, and fantasy at work here, qualities that Maazel never once suggested in his earthbound reading.’
      • ‘This is an uncharacteristically earthbound piece of work from the director.’
  • 3Moving towards the earth.

    ‘an earthbound spaceship’
    descending, downhill, falling, sinking, going down, moving down, sliding, slipping, dipping, earthward
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Pronunciation

earthbound

/ˈəːθbaʊnd/