• Aboveground

    Pronunciation

    • US IPA: /əˈbʌvˌɡɹaʊnd/

    Origin

    above + ground

    Full definition of aboveground

    Adjective

    aboveground

    1. Above the surface of the ground.
    2. (figurative)  Above the surface.
      • 2012, Anna Lena Phillips, Sneaky Silk Moths, Last spring, the periodical cicadas emerged across eastern North America. Their vast numbers and short above-ground life spans inspired awe and irritation in humans—and made for good meals for birds and small mammals.
    3. Not dead and buried; alive.
    4. Existing, produced, or published by or within the establishment.

    Antonyms

    Noun

    aboveground

    (uncountable)
    1. The portion of society that is not underground.
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