grave
I. transitive verb (graved; graven or graved; graving) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English grafan; akin to Old High German graban to dig, Old Church Slavic pogreti to bury Date: before 12th century 1. archaic dig, excavate 2. a. to carve or shape with a chisel ; sculpture b. to carve or cut (as letters or figures) into a hard surface ; engrave 3. to impress or fix (as a thought) deeply II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English græf; akin to Old High German grab grave, Old English grafan to dig Date: before 12th century 1. an excavation for burial of a body; broadly a burial place 2. a. death 1a b. death 4 III. transitive verb (graved; graving) Etymology: Middle English graven Date: 15th century to clean and pay with pitch <
grave a ship's bottom
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IV. adjective (graver; gravest) Etymology: Middle French, from Latin gravis heavy, grave — more at grieve Date: 1539 1. a. obsolete authoritative, weighty b. meriting serious consideration ; important <
grave problems
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c. likely to produce great harm or danger <
a grave mistake
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d. significantly serious ; considerable, great <
grave importance
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2. having a serious and dignified quality or demeanor <
a grave and thoughtful look
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3. drab in color ; somber 4. low-pitched in sound 5. a. of an accent mark having the form ˋ b. marked with a grave accent c. of the variety indicated by a grave accent Synonyms: see seriousgravely adverbgraveness noun V. noun Date: 1609 a grave accent ˋ used to show that a vowel is pronounced with a fall of pitch (as in ancient Greek), that a vowel has a certain quality (as è in French), that a final e is stressed and close and that a final o is stressed and low (as in Italian), that a syllable has a degree of stress between maximum and minimum (as in phonetic transcription), or that the e of the English ending -ed is to be pronounced (as in “this cursèd day”) VI. adverb or adjective Etymology: Italian, literally, grave, from Latin gravis Date: 1683 slowly and solemnly — used as a direction in music

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  • grave — 1. (gra v . Du temps de Chifflet, Gramm. p. 183, on prononçait grâve) adj. 1°   Terme de physique. Qui a un certain poids. Les corps graves. 2°   Fig. Qui a du poids, du sérieux, de la réserve. •   Et certainement, messieurs, je puis dire avec… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Grave — Grave, a. [Compar. {Graver} (gr[=a]v [ e]r); superl. {Gravest.}] [F., fr. L. gravis heavy; cf. It. & Sp. grave heavy, grave. See {Grief.}] 1. Of great weight; heavy; ponderous. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] His shield grave and great. Chapman. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • GRAVE — GRAVE, GRAVITÉ.     Grave, au sens moral, tient toujours du physique; il exprime quelque chose de poids; c est pourquoi on dit, Un homme, un auteur, des maximes de poids, pour homme, auteur, maximes graves. Le grave est au sérieux ce que le… …   Dictionnaire philosophique de Voltaire

  • Grave — puede referirse a: Pesado Véanse también: Peso y Gravedad Serio, respetable, importante, difícil, molesto Sonido grave Voz grave Palabra grave, la que se acentúa en la penúltima sílaba (véase también acento grave). Enfermedad grave, aquella… …   Wikipedia Español

  • grave — adjetivo 1. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Que tiene mucha importancia, puede encerrar peligro o tener consecuencias perjudiciales: Es un asunto grave, habrá que verlo despacio. Ha cometido un grave error. enfermedad grave. 2. (estar) Que está muy… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • grave — GRAVE. adj. de tout genre. Pesant. N est en usage au propre que dans le dogmatique, & en cette phrase. Les corps graves. Il signifie fig. Serieux, qui agit, qui parle avec un air sage, avec dignité & circonspection. Un grave Magistrat. il est… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • grave — grave1 [grāv] adj. graver, gravest [Fr < L gravis, heavy, weighty < IE base * gwer , heavy, mill > QUERN, Gr barys, heavy, Sans gurúh, grave] 1. a) requiring serious thought; important; weighty [grave doubts] b) not light or tri …   English World dictionary

  • grave — (Del lat. gravis). 1. adj. Dicho de una cosa: Que pesa. U. t. c. s. m. La caída de los graves. 2. Grande, de mucha entidad o importancia. Negocio, enfermedad grave. 3. Enfermo de cuidado. 4. Circunspecto, serio, que causa respeto y veneración. 5 …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Grave — Grave, v. t. [imp. {Graved} (gr[=a]vd); p. p. {Graven} (gr[=a]v 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. gr[aum]fva, Icel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gravé — gravé, ée (gra vé, vée) part. passé de graver. 1°   Tracé au burin. •   Et que sur mon tombeau ce grand titre gravé, CORN. Sertor. III, 4. •   Les vers de Tycho Brahé furent gravés sur l instrument qui les lui avait inspirés, MAIRAN Élog. de… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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