1 dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence" [syn: sedate, sober, solemn]
2 causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease" [syn: dangerous, grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening]
3 of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought; "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters of state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference" [syn: grievous, heavy, weighty]
1 death of a person; "he went to his grave without forgiving me"; "from cradle to grave"
2 a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone); "he put flowers on his mother's grave" [syn: tomb]
3 a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation [syn: grave accent]
1 shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it; "She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband" [syn: sculpt, sculpture]
2 carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface; "engrave a pen"; "engraved the winner's name onto the trophy cup" [syn: engrave, inscribe] [also: graven]
- , /ɡreɪv/, /greIv/
- Rhymes with: -eɪv
Etymology 1Ultimately from gravis
- Of great weight; heavy; ponderous.
- His shield grave and great. —Chapman.
- Of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate; serious; said of character, relations, etc.; as, grave deportment, character, influence, etc.
- Not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color; a grave face.
- Not acute or sharp; low; deep; -- said of sound; as, a grave note or key.
- Slow and solemn in movement.
Usage notes, , , Sober supposes the absence of all exhilaration of spirits, and is opposed to gay or flighty; as, sober thought. Serious implies considerateness or reflection, and is opposed to jocose or sportive; as, serious and important concerns. Grave denotes a state of mind, appearance, etc., which results from the pressure of weighty interests, and is opposed to hilarity of feeling or vivacity of manner; as, a grave remark; grave attire. Solemn is applied to a case in which gravity is carried to its highest point; as, a solemn admonition; a solemn promise.
- An accent used in French, Italian and other languages. è is an e with a grave accent.
- To dig. (Obs.) Chaucer.
- To carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave.
- To carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel; to
sculpture; as, to grave an image.
- With gold men may the hearte grave. —Chaucer.
- To impress deeply (on the mind); to fix indelibly.
- O! may they graven in thy heart remain. —Prior.
- To entomb; to bury. (Obs.) —Chaucer.
- Lie full low, graved in the hollow ground. —Shakespeare.
- In the context of "transitive|nautical": To clean, as a vessel's bottom, of barnacles, grass, etc., and pay it over with pitch — so called because graves or greaves was formerly used for this purpose.
- To write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving.
excavation for burial
EtymologyOld Norse grafa
- To dig
- first-, third-person singular indicative present of graver
- second-person singular imperative of graver
- first-, third-person singular subjunctive present of graver
- first-, third-person singular subjunctive present of gravar
- third-person singular imperative of gravar
Grave might also refer to:
- Dmitry Grave, a Russian mathematician
- Ivan Grave, a Russian scientist
- Grave (band), a Swedish death metal band
- "Grave" (Buffy episode), the final episode of the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Grave (mass), original name for kilogram
- In the list of strange units of measurement, runner-up to the word kilogram
- Graves-Basedow disease
- Graves, a wine region of Bordeaux
- Cognate of German Graf, as in margrave
grave in Danish: Grave
grave in French: Grave
grave in Italian: Grave
grave in Japanese: グラーヴ
grave in Polish: Grave
grave in Russian: Могила (значения)
grave in Swedish: Grave
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