why on earth

why on earth
for what possible reason, why in the world

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • why — 1 /waI/ adverb, conjunction 1 for what reason: Why do you say that? | Why should we bother waiting any longer? | I can t think why he would do such a thing. | why ever...? (=used to add force to a question): Why ever would he come specially to… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • earth — earth1 [ ɜrθ ] noun *** 1. ) Earth or earth singular or uncount the planet on which we live: the planet Earth the Earth: The Moon goes around the Earth. the Earth s surface on Earth: They studied life on Earth in all its forms. a ) on/from the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • earth*/*/*/ — [ɜːθ] noun 1) Earth or earth [singular/U] the planet on which we live the planet Earth[/ex] the Earth s surface[/ex] the origins of life on Earth[/ex] 2) the earth [singular] the land on which we live They felt the earth shake.[/ex] 3) [U] the… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Earth's magnetic field — Computer simulation of the Earth s field in a normal period between reversals.[1] The tubes represent magnetic field lines, blue when the field points towards the center and yellow when away. The rotation axis of the Earth is centered and… …   Wikipedia

  • Earth (Foundation universe) — NOTOC This article is on the history of Earth, as presented in Isaac Asimov s Foundation Series, Robot Series, and Empire Series. History Ancient (Before 2064) * 1949: June Joseph Schwartz transported to the future by a freak nuclear accident. *… …   Wikipedia

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