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ground floor

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