Meaning of grave by Wiktionary Dictionary
- enPR: grāv, IPA: /ɡreɪv/, SAMPA: /greIv/
- Rhymes: -eɪv
- ( obsolete ) Influential, important; authoritative. [16th-18th c.]
- Characterised by a dignified sense of seriousness; not cheerful, sombre. [from 16th c.]
- Low in pitch, tone etc. [from 17th c.]
- Serious, in a negative sense; important, formidable. [from 19th c.]
- ( transitive, obsolete ) To dig. Chaucer .
- ( transitive, obsolete ) To carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave .
- ( transitive, obsolete ) To carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel; to sculpture; as, to grave an image .
- ( transitive, obsolete ) To impress deeply ( on the mind ); to fix indelibly .
- ( transitive, obsolete ) To entomb; to bury. —Chaucer .
- ( transitive, obsolete, 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 .
- ( intransitive, obsolete ) To write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving .
- An excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher. Hence: death; destruction .
- a grave God-fearing man
- Grave v. t. ( Naut. ) 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.
- Grave, a. [Compar. Graver ( grāvẽr ); superl. Gravest.] [F., fr. L. gravis heavy; cf. It. & Sp. grave heavy, grave. See Grief.]
1. Of great weight; heavy; ponderous. [Obs.]
His shield grave and great. Chapman.
2. Of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate; serious; -- said of character, relations, etc.; as, “grave deportment, character, influence, etc.”
Most potent, grave, and reverend seigniors. Shak.
A grave and prudent law, full of moral equity. Milton.
3. Not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, “a grave color; a grave face”.
4. ( Mus. ) Not acute or sharp; low; deep; -- said of sound; as, “a grave note or key”.
The thicker the cord or string, the more grave is the note or tone. Moore ( Encyc. of Music ).
Slow and solemn in movement.
Grave accent. ( Pron. ) See the Note under Accent, n., 2.
Syn. -- Solemn; sober; serious; sage; staid; demure; thoughtful; sedate; weighty; momentous; important. -- Grave, Sober, Serious, Solemn. 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 qrave remark; qrave attire”. Solemn is applied to a case in which gravity is carried to its highest point; as, “a solemn admonition; a solemn promise”.
- Grave, v. t. [imp. Graved ( grāvd ); p. p. Graven ( grāv'n ) or Graved; p. pr. & vb. n. Graving.] [AS. grafan to dig, grave, engrave; akin to OFries. greva, D. graven, G. graben, OHG. & Goth. graban, Dan. grabe, Sw. gräfva, Icel. grafa, but prob. not to Gr. γράφειν to write, E. graphic. Cf. Grave, n., Grove, n.]
1. To dig. [Obs.] Chaucer.
He hath graven and digged up a pit. Ps. vii. 16 ( Book of Common Prayer ).
2. To carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave.
Thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel. Ex. xxviii. 9.
3. 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.
4. To impress deeply ( on the mind ); to fix indelibly.
O! may they graven in thy heart remain. Prior.
5. To entomb; to bury. [Obs.] Chaucer.
Lie full low, graved in the hollow ground. Shak.
- Grave, v. i. To write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving.
- Grave, n. [AS. gr?f, fr. grafan to dig; akin to D. & OS. graf, G. grab, Icel. gröf, Russ. grob' grave, coffin. See Grave to carve.] An excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher. Hence: Death; destruction.
He bad lain in the grave four days. John xi. 17.
Grave wax, adipocere.
From French grave, from Latin gravis ( “heavy, important” ) .
Old English græf
By Wiktionary ( 2008/10/14 05:24 UTC Version )
Old Low German grēve
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