ground

(redirected from common ground)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

ground

 [grownd]
1. a path of conduction from an electrical circuit to the earth.
2. to connect an electrical circuit or electrical equipment to the earth.
3. zero electrical potential.

ground

Etymology: AS, grund
1 (in electricity) a connection between the electric circuit and the ground, which becomes a part of the circuit.
2 (in psychology) the background of a visual field that can enhance or inhibit the ability of a patient to focus on an object.

ground

1. Basic substance or foundation.
2. Reduced to a powder; pulverized.
3. In electronics, the negative or earth pole that has zero electrical potential.

figure

A part or pattern in the visual field which has the perceptual attribute of completeness and is perceived as distinct from the rest of the field which forms the ground. Example: a printed word against a background page.
ambiguous figure An image or drawing arranged in such a way that its perception oscillates or flips involuntarily between, usually, two interpretations even though the retinal image remains constant, thus indicating that higher cortical processing are involved. Syn. reversible figure. See Blivet figure; Kanizsa figure; illusion; Necker cube; Rubin's vase; Schroeder's staircase.
Blivet figure An 'impossible' figure in which three apparently solid tubes are attached at one end of a rectangular base which projects only two bars (Fig. F4). See Necker cube; Schroeder's staircase; Rubin's vase.
fortification figure See scintillating scotoma.
Kanizsa figure An ambiguous figure in which the illusory contour of a square (or triangle) appears in the middle of four (or three) truncated solid squares (or circles). It is an illustration of the perceptual ability to make sense of an incomplete figure by creating a 'whole' image from the separate elements (Gestalt organization). Some people cannot perceive the contour. Syn. Kanizsa square (Fig. F5).reversible f. See ambiguous figure.
Fig. F4 Blivet figureenlarge picture
Fig. F4 Blivet figure
Fig. F5 Kanisza figureenlarge picture
Fig. F5 Kanisza figure
References in periodicals archive ?
Common Ground founder T o n y Sadla, a deacon at Living Stones of Christ Embassy church was at the game - and claims that his players, from Erdington, Handsworth, Winson Green, Smethwick and other areas, had been subjected to "provoking and badgering" before the fight.
eTapestry starts at a lower price point, making it possibly a better fit for smaller nonprofits than Common Ground but Common Ground was "definitely in a different niche," said Quinn, with the power of having a fundraising platform built on Salesforce.
I find the notion of a possible world to be very useful for describing and raising questions about the phenomena of common ground.
Indeed, most of us yearn for a leader who can actually solve our national problems--and that usually requires finding common ground.
But that is in the context of a president who has, in an unprecedented way, committed White House resources and political capital to the pursuit of common ground related to abortion, a controversial endeavor at best.
Common Ground specializes in pole building, derived from traditional farm building.
I first heard about Common Ground in an email from my friend Jeff, a New York bohemian who frequented underground art parties and halfway legal street events.
Starhawk: I think the work that Common Ground has been doing has been tremendously constructive and helpful.
Arnold Schwarzenegger at every turn, he has worked to find the common ground.
To lead, you must have the trust of the players, and to do that you must find a way to connect with them, to find a common ground with every individual.
Community organizations, and labor and civil rights advocates can all find common ground in a reconstruction plan that puts the needs of people first.