Complete Definition of "grave"

see|gravé|-grave
wikipedia|dab=grave
English

rank|complete|access|ways|951|grave|serious|possession|move

Pronunciation
AHD|grāv, IPA|/ɡreɪv/, SAMPA|/greIv/
audio|en-us-grave.ogg|Audio (US)
rhymes|eɪv

Etymology 1
Ultimately from L. gravis

Adjective
en-adj|graver|gravest

  1. obsolete Of great weight; heavy; ponderous.

#: His shield grave and great. —w:George Chapman|Chapman.

  1. Of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate; serious; said of character, relations, etc.; as, grave deportment, character, influence, etc.

#: Most potent, grave, and reverend seigniors. —w:William Shakespeare|Shakespeare.
#: A grave and prudent law, full of moral equity. —W:John Milton|Milton.

  1. Not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color; a grave face.
  2. music 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. —w:Moore|Moore (Encyc. of Music).

  1. music Slow and solemn in movement.

:: {Grave accent}. (Pron.) See the Note under Accent, n., 2.

Usage notes
{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.

Synonyms
solemn
sober
serious
sage
staid
demure
thoughtful
sedate
weighty
momentous
important

Noun
en-noun|s

  1. An accent used in French, Italian and other languages. è is an e with a grave accent.

Translations
trans-top|ponderous
Czech: závažný
Japanese: 物々しい (monomonoshi'i)
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Etymology 2
OE. grafan

Verb
en-verb|graves|graving|graved or grove|graved or graven

  1. transitive To dig. (Obs.) w:Geoffrey Chaucer|Chaucer.

#: He hath graven and digged up a pit. —Ps. VII 16 (w:Book of Prayer|Book of Prayer).

  1. transitive 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.
#: This be the verse you grave for me / “Here he lies where he longs to be” — w:Robert Louis Stevenson|Stevenson, Requiem

  1. transitive 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. —w:Geoffrey Chaucer|Chaucer.

  1. transitive To impress deeply (on the mind); to fix indelibly.

#: O! may they graven in thy heart remain. —w:Matthew Prior|Prior.

  1. transitive To entomb; to bury. (Obs.) —w:Geoffrey Chaucer|Chaucer.

#: Lie full low, graved in the hollow ground. —w:William Shakespeare|Shakespeare.

  1. context|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.
  2. intransitive To write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving.

Etymology 3
OE. græf

Noun
wikipedia|grave (burial)
Image:Fresh grave.JPG|thumb|right|200px|A freshly dug grave
en-noun

  1. An excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher. Hence: Death; destruction.

#: He had lain in the grave four days. —w:Gospel of John|John XI.,17.

Translations
trans-top|excavation for burial
Afrikaans: graf
Albanian: varr m
Catalan: sepulcre m
Croatian: grob m
Czech: hrob m
Danish: t-|da|grav (burial = t-|da|begravelse)
Esperanto: tombo
trans-mid
Estonian: haud
Finnish: hauta
German: Grab n
Greek: τάφος (táfos) m
Hungarian: sír
Kurdish: KUchar|قه‌بر, KUchar|گۆڕ
Scottish Gaelic: uaigh f
Spanish: tumba f
trans-bottom

Category:Burial


Danish

Etymology
Old Norse grafa

Verb
grave

  1. To dig

Category:Danish verbs


Esperanto

Adverb
eo-adv

  1. seriously, gravely

Category:Esperanto adverbs


French

Etymology
Latin gravis

Adjective
fr-noun|s

  1. serious
  2. solemn

Related terms
gravement
gravissime
gravitation
gravité

Verb form
grave

  1. first-, third-person singular indicative present of graver
  2. second-person singular imperative of graver
  3. first-, third-person singular subjunctive present of graver

Category:French verb forms


Italian

Etymology
Latin gravis

Adjective
it-adj|grav|e|i

  1. Grave, serious
  2. heavy
  3. solemn

Synonyms
importante
pesante
austero
serio

Antonyms
acuto

Related terms
gravemente
gravare
gravezza
gravità

Category:Italian adjectives


Spanish

Etymology
Latin gravis

Adjective
es-adj

  1. serious, grave
  2. low (sound)
  3. solemn

Related terms
gravedad
gravitar

Verb form
grave

  1. first-, third-person singular subjunctive present of gravar
  2. third-person singular imperative of gravar

Category:Spanish verb forms

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