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ground floor

the floor of a building level or almost level with the ground

Ground floor

The floor or story of a building at or slightly above grade level; excluding the basement but including all of the construction up to the floor above.

ground floor

The floor of a building which is nearest the surrounding surface of the ground; usually the first floor in the US but sometimes a floor between a basement or cellar and the first floor.
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They were walking along the boulevard, and she turned down a side street, then led him into another, poorer still, with cheap shops on the ground floor, and at last stopped.
Hilbery's study ran out behind the rest of the house, on the ground floor, and was a very silent, subterranean place, the sun in daytime casting a mere abstract of light through a skylight upon his books and the large table, with its spread of white papers, now illumined by a green reading-lamp.
The man bowed, and showed him into an apartment on the ground floor.
At last they reached the passage on the ground floor, where the snoring of Mr Quilp and his legal friend sounded more terrible in their ears than the roars of lions.
They went into the house, but there was no one in the sitting room on the ground floor.
The upper story, like the ground floor, evidently consisted of two rooms only.
Though the ground floor cannot be divided, the lower level and ground floors can be leased to two separate tenants or a single user.
The space, located between East 1st and 2nd Streets, consists of 3,300 s/f on the ground floor, currently occupied by The Morrison Hotel Gallery, with frontage on both Bowery and Extra Place.
The architects desired to suffuse the ground floors with light, while upstairs making pools of light among shade.
The shop occupies ground and lower ground floors of a 1940s building, the entire face of which was clad in stone.
At the front the ground floors are connected by the more or less continuous 'five foot way', a semi-communal arcade which is neither public nor private, domestic nor commercial, where the projecting upper floors keep you dry from daily tropical storms, and the shops spill their wares out onto the pavement.
It is lit by a diagonally gridded horizontal roof lantern that pours light into the whole large volume, where first, mezzanine and ground floors are thrown together in a series of terraces.