ground•break•ingPronunciation: (ground'brā"king), [key]
the act or ceremony of breaking ground for a new construction project.
of or pertaining to such a ceremony.
originating or pioneering a new endeavor, field of inquiry, or the like: Pasteur's groundbreaking work in bacteriology.
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