gray

1

or grey

[grey]
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adjective, gray·er, gray·est.
  1. of a color between white and black; having a neutral hue.
  2. dark, dismal, or gloomy: gray skies.
  3. dull, dreary, or monotonous.
  4. having gray hair; gray-headed.
  5. pertaining to old age; mature.
  6. Informal. pertaining to, involving, or composed of older persons: gray households.
  7. old or ancient.
  8. indeterminate and intermediate in character: The tax audit concentrated on deductions in the gray area between purely personal and purely business expenses.
noun
  1. any achromatic color; any color with zero chroma, intermediate between white and black.
  2. something of this color.
  3. gray material or clothing: to dress in gray.
  4. an unbleached and undyed condition.
  5. (often initial capital letter) a member of the Confederate army in the American Civil War or the army itself.Compare blue(def 5).
  6. a horse of a gray color.
  7. a horse that appears white but is not an albino.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become gray.

Origin of gray

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English grǣg; cognate with German grau
Related formsgray·ly, adverbgray·ness, nounun·grayed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for graying

Contemporary Examples of graying

Historical Examples of graying

  • Because of the moonlight she did not heed the graying of the east.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • But the chill damp of dewfall roused him at the first graying of dawn.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • Over in the east there was the first graying advance of the dawn.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • He had a heavy, graying beard, and wore it with a patriarchal air.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • I saw no humor in the bent forms and graying hair of the men.


British Dictionary definitions for graying

gray

1
adjective, noun, verb
  1. a variant spelling (now esp US) of grey
Derived Formsgrayish, adjectivegrayly, adverbgrayness, noun

gray

2
noun
  1. the derived SI unit of absorbed ionizing radiation dose or kerma equivalent to an absorption per unit mass of one joule per kilogram of irradiated material. 1 gray is equivalent to 100 radsSymbol: Gy

Word Origin for gray

C20: named after Louis Harold Gray (1905–65), English physicist

Gray

noun
  1. Thomas. 1716–71, English poet, best known for his Elegy written in a Country Churchyard (1751)
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Word Origin and History for graying

gray

adj.

Old English græg (Mercian grei), from Proto-Germanic *grisja- "gray" (cf. Old Norse grar, Old Frisian gre, Middle Dutch gra, Dutch graw, Old High German grao, German grau), with no certain cognates outside Germanic. French gris, Spanish gris, Italian grigio, Medieval Latin griseus are Germanic loan-words.

The distinction between British grey and U.S. gray developed 20c. The noun is c.1200, from the adjective. Gray as figurative for "Southern troops in the U.S. Civil War" is first recorded 1863, in reference to their uniform color. Expression the gray mare is the better horse in reference to households ruled by wives is recorded from 1540s. The verb is 1610s (with an isolated instance from late 14c.). Related: Grayed; graying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

graying in Medicine

gray

[grā]
n.
  1. A unit for a specific absorbed dose of radiation equal to 100 rads.

Gray

Henry 1825?-1861
  1. British anatomist whose work Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical (1858), known as Gray's Anatomy, remains a standard text.
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graying in Science

gray

[grā]
  1. The SI derived unit used to measure the energy absorbed by a substance per unit weight of the substance when exposed to radiation. One gray is equal to one joule per kilogram, or 100 rads. The gray is named after British physicist Louis Harold Gray (1905-1965).
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Idioms and Phrases with graying

gray

In addition to the idioms beginning with gray

  • gray area
  • gray matter

also see:

  • get gray hair from
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