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What does ground means in this sentense?

What does ground means in this sentense?
and what is XLVII? brand name?
Super Bowl XLVII ground to a halt early in the third quarter Sunday night

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    In this sentence, "ground" is the past tense form of "to grind." When you grind something, you rub it against another object so that the first object is harshly rubbed off. If you grind a wheel until it is no longer a circle, then it won't roll anymore.

    So if something is ground to a halt, something has happened so that it can't move anymore. So the meaning ends up being, "It stopped unexpectedly."

    Superbowl numbers: XLVI = 46 (Feb. 2012), XLVII = 47 (Feb. 2013)
    http://literacy.kent.edu/Minigrants/Cinci/romanchart.htm

    This is an idiom so remember the whole thing: grind to a halt. It means to stop unexpectedly. Machines can grind to a halt but we also use this idiom for conversations, events, and even games like last night's Super Bowl. XLVII = 47 in Roman numerals because this is the 47th year we've had a Super Bowl.

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