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noun earth pronunciation in British English /ɜː(r)θ/ 
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pluralearths
  1. 1

    Earth

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    earth

    [singular/uncountable] the planet on which we live

    the planet Earth

    the Earth:

    The Moon goes round the Earth.

    the Earth's surface

    on Earth:

    They studied life on Earth in all its forms.

  2. 2

    the earth

    the land on which we live

    They felt the earth shaking beneath their feet.

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    1. a.
      [uncountable] the substance in which plants grow that covers most of the land

      a pile of damp earth

      The floor was bare earth.

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  3. 3
    [countable] a hole in the ground where an animal such as a fox lives
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