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GROUND, n.

1. The surface of land or upper part of the earth, without reference to the materials which compose it. We apply ground to soil,sand or gravel indifferently, but never apply it to the whole mass of the earth or globe, nor to any portion of it when removed. We never say a shovel full or a load of ground. We say under ground, but not under earth; and we speak of the globe as divided into land and water, not into ground and water. Yet ground, earth and land are often used synonymously. We say, the produce or fruits of the ground, of the earth, or of land. The water overflows the low ground, or the low land.

There was not a man to till the ground. Gen.2.

The ground shall give its increase. Zech.8.

The fire ran along on the ground. Ex.9.

2. Region; territory; as Egyptian ground; British ground; heavenly ground.

3. Land; estate; possession.

Thy next design is on thy neighbor's grounds.

4. The surface of the earth, or a floor or pavement.

Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground. 1 Sam.5.

5. Foundation; that which supports any thing. This argument stands on defensible ground. Hence,

6. Fundamental cause; primary reason or original principle. He stated the grounds of his complaint.

Making happiness the ground of his unhappiness.

7. First principles; as the grounds of religion.

8. In painting, the surface on which a figure or object is represented; that surface or substance which retains the original color, and to which the other colors are applied to make the representation; as crimson on a white ground.

9. In manufactures, the principal color, to which others are considered as ornamental.

10. Grounds, plural, the bottom of liquors; dregs; lees; feces; as coffee grounds; the grounds of strong beer.

11. The plain song; the tune on which descants are raised.

On that ground, I'll build a holy descant.

12. In etching, a gummous composition spread over the surface of the metal to be etched, to prevent the nitric acid from eating, except where the ground is opened with the point of a needle.

13. Field or place of action. He fought with fury, and would not quit the ground.

14. In music, the name given to a composition in which the base, consisting of a few bars of independent notes, is continually repeated to a continually varying melody.

15. The foil to set a thing off.

16. Formerly, the pit of a play house.

To gain ground, to advance; to proceed forward in conflict; as, an army in battle gains ground. Hence, to obtain an advantage; to have some success; as, the army gains ground on the enemy. Hence,

1. To gain credit; to prevail; to become more general or extensive; as,the opinion gains ground.

To lose ground, to retire; to retreat; to withdraw from the position taken. Hence, to lose advantage. Hence,

1. To lose credit; to decline; to become less in force or extent.

To give ground, to recede; to yield advantage.

get ground, and to gather ground, are seldom used.

GROUND, v.t. To lay or set on the ground.

1. To found; to fix or set, as on a foundation, cause, reason or principle; as arguments grounded on reason; faith grounded on scriptural evidence.

2. To settle in first principles; to fix firmly.

Being rooted and grounded in love Eph.3.

GROUND, v.i. To run aground; to strike the bottom and remain fixed; as, the ship grounded in two fathoms of water.

GROUND, pret. and pp. of grind.


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Don't Talk About It If the invention has been described in a printed publication anywhere in the world, or if it has been in public use or on sale in the United States before the date that the applicant made his/her invention, a patent cannot be obtained. If the invention has been described in a printed publication anywhere, or has been in public use or on sale in this country more than one year before the date on which an application for patent is filed in this country, a patent cannot be obtained. In this connection it is immaterial when the invention was made, or whether the printed publication or public use was by the inventor himself/herself or by someone else. If the inventor describes the invention in a printed publication or uses the invention publicly, or places it on sale, he/she must apply for a patent before one year has gone by, otherwise any right to a patent will be lost.
How difficult is a patent search? Conducting a thorough patent search is difficult, particularly for the novice. Patent searching is a learned skill. A novice in the United States could contact the nearest Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL) and seek out search experts to help in setting up a search strategy. If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, the USPTO provides public access to collections of patents, trademarks, and other documents at its Search Facilities located in Arlington, Virginia. It is possible, however difficult, for you to conduct your own patent search.
How to Find Out if Your Invention Idea is Already Patented If you have an idea for an invention, before you patent it you should check to see if it's already been invented by some other inventor in the past. Though actually, whether or not it's been invented, what you'll want to do is find out whether it's been patented before with the USPTO (the United States Patent and Trademark Office). Here you'll learn how to search patents to find out if your invention idea is already patented or if you should redirect your brainstorming to another invention idea. Have a question? Get an answer from a lawyer now!
Who can apply for a patent? A patent must be applied for only in the name(s) of the actual inventor(s). However, the inventor can sell or assign the patent to someone else. Prior art includes any patents related to your invention, any published articles about your invention, and any public demonstrations. This determines if your idea has been patented before or publicly disclosed making it unpatentable.
How to Patent Your Idea Contrary to popular belief, you can't get a patent for something that's still in idea form; you must be able to apply your idea in a concrete way. This doesn't mean that you have to build a prototype of your invention before you can get a patent. However, you have to be able to draw or describe it in enough detail so that someone else could make it and use it. Have a question? Get an answer from a lawyer now!

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