- pregnant, Pregnant; now used chiefly of animals, or metaphorically.
Etymology: From gravidus "laden, pregnant", from gravis "heavy".
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
- :The gravest problems of obstetrics and forensic medicine were examined with as much animation as the most popular beliefs on the state of pregnancy such as the forbidding to a woman to step over a country stile lest, by her movement, the navelcord should strangle her creature
- 2004, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
- :One slender hand was raised in a graceful gesture with meaning.
- 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 568:
- :The minute she'd settled into the seat next to him, her billowing widow's rig had got redisposed to reveal her neatly waistline, at which, now, he nodded.
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