- a wine-growing district in Gironde department, in SW France.
- a dry, red or white table wine produced in this region.
- Morris,1910–2001, U.S. painter.
- Robert (Ran·ke) [rahng-kuh] /ˈrɑŋ kə/, 1895–1985, English poet, novelist, and critic.
- an excavation made in the earth in which to bury a dead body.
- any place of interment; a tomb or sepulcher: a watery grave.
- any place that becomes the receptacle of what is dead, lost, or past: the grave of unfulfilled ambitions.
- death: O grave, where is thy victory?
- have one foot in the grave, to be so frail, sick, or old that death appears imminent: It was a shock to see my uncle looking as if he had one foot in the grave.
- make (one) turn/turn overin one's grave, to do something to which a specified dead person would have objected bitterly: This production of Hamlet is enough to make Shakespeare turn in his grave.
Origin of grave1
- serious or solemn; sober: a grave person; grave thoughts.
- weighty, momentous, or important: grave responsibilities.
- threatening a seriously bad outcome or involving serious issues; critical: a grave situation; a grave illness.
- (of colors) dull; somber.
- the grave accent.
Origin of grave2
SynonymsSee more synonyms for grave on Thesaurus.com
- to carve, sculpt, or engrave.
- to impress deeply: graven on the mind.
Origin of grave3
- to clean and apply a protective composition of tar to (the bottom of a ship).
Origin of grave4
Examples from the Web for graves
They recorded 10,549 graves on or near the railway in 144 cemeteries, failing to locate only 52 graves.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
In Europe on these days people go to the graves of their beloved ones who have passed away.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
Once cleaned and sealed in two body bags, the corpse will be driven to a fresh row of graves.Kissing the Corpses in Ebola Country
August 13, 2014
We are tired of sending out young people to the graves just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.My Non-First World Problems: Letters from Iraq
August 10, 2014
Uploaded videos of men digging their own graves before having their throats slashed; selfies with severed heads.You, Too, Could Be a Homicidal Zealot
July 7, 2014
They had cared for him in his cradle; he followed them to their graves.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
O, that I might forget all the dark shadows which haunt about these graves!Other Tales and Sketches
It was to set apart a day to decorate the graves of the Union dead.
The graves of the officers and men who fell there are lost in the level of the plain.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
The (hup)-seax has often been found in Saxon graves on the hip of the skeleton.Beowulf
- (sometimes not capital) a white or red wine from the district around Bordeaux, France
- Robert (Ranke). 1895–1985, English poet, novelist, and critic, whose works include his World War I autobiography, Goodbye to All That (1929), and the historical novels I, Claudius (1934) and Claudius the God (1934)
- a place for the burial of a corpse, esp beneath the ground and usually marked by a tombstoneRelated adjective: sepulchral
- something resembling a grave or resting placethe ship went to its grave
- the grave a poetic term for death
- have one foot in the grave informal to be near death
- to make someone turn in his grave or to make someone turn over in his grave to do something that would have shocked or distressed (someone now dead)many modern dictionaries would make Dr Johnson turn in his grave
- serious and solemna grave look
- full of or suggesting dangera grave situation
- important; crucialgrave matters of state
- (of colours) sober or dull
- (of a vowel or syllable in some languages with a pitch accent, such as ancient Greek) spoken on a lower or falling musical pitch relative to neighbouring syllables or vowels
- of or relating to an accent (`) over vowels, denoting a pronunciation with lower or falling musical pitch (as in ancient Greek), with certain special quality (as in French), or in a manner that gives the vowel status as a syllable nucleus not usually possessed by it in that position (as in English agèd)Compare acute (def. 8), circumflex
- a grave accent
- to cut, carve, sculpt, or engrave
- to fix firmly in the mind
- (tr) nautical to clean and apply a coating of pitch to (the bottom of a vessel)
- music to be performed in a solemn manner
Word Origin and History for graves
Old English græf "grave, ditch, cave," from Proto-Germanic *graban (cf. Old Saxon graf, Old Frisian gref, Old High German grab "grave, tomb;" Old Norse gröf "cave," Gothic graba "ditch"), from PIE root *ghrebh- "to dig, to scratch, to scrape" (cf. Old Church Slavonic grobu "grave, tomb"); related to grafan "to dig" (see grave (v.)).
"The normal mod. representation of OE. græf would be graff; the ME. disyllable grave, from which the standard mod. form descends, was prob. due to the especially frequent occurrence of the word in the dat. (locative) case. [OED]
From Middle Ages to 17c., they were temporary, crudely marked repositories from which the bones were removed to ossuaries after some years and the grave used for a fresh burial. "Perpetual graves" became common from c.1650. To make (someone) turn in his grave "behave in some way that would have offended the dead person" is first recorded 1888.
1540s, from Middle French grave (14c.), from Latin gravis "weighty, serious, heavy, grievous, oppressive," from PIE root *gwere- "heavy" (cf. Sanskrit guruh "heavy, weighty, venerable;" Greek baros "weight," barys "heavy in weight," often with the notion of "strength, force;" Old English cweorn "quern;" Gothic kaurus "heavy;" Lettish gruts "heavy"). Greek barys (opposed to kouphos) also was used figuratively, of suffering, sorrow, sobbing, and could mean "oppressive, burdensome, grave, dignified, impressive." The noun meaning "accent mark over a vowel" is c.1600, from French.
"to engrave," Old English grafan (medial -f- pronounced as "v" in Old English; past tense grof, past participle grafen) "to dig, carve, dig up," from Proto-Germanic *grabanan (cf. Old Norse grafa, Old Frisian greva, Dutch graven, Old High German graban, German graben, Gothic graban "to dig, carve"), from the same source as grave (n.). Its Middle English strong past participle, graven, is the only part still active, the rest of the word supplanted by its derivative, engrave.
- Serious or dangerous, as a symptom or disease.
Idioms and Phrases with graves
see dig one's own grave; from the cradle to the grave; one foot in the grave; turn in one's grave.