grey

[grey]

adjective, grey·er, grey·est, noun, verb (used with or without object)


Nearby words

  1. grew,
  2. grewsome,
  3. grewsomely,
  4. grex,
  5. grexit,
  6. grey area,
  7. grey body,
  8. grey duck,
  9. grey eminence,
  10. grey fox

Related formsgrey·ly, adverbgrey·ness, nounun·greyed, adjective

Grey

[grey]

noun

Charles, 2nd Earl,1764–1845, British statesman: prime minister 1830–34.
Sir EdwardViscount Fallodon, 1862–1933, British statesman.
Sir George,1812–98, British statesman and colonial administrator: prime minister of New Zealand 1877–79.
Lady JaneLady Jane Dudley, 1537–54, descendant of Henry VII of England; executed under orders of Mary I to eliminate her as a rival for the throne.
Zane [zeyn] /zeɪn/, 1875–1939, U.S. novelist.

gray

1

or grey

[grey]

adjective, gray·er, gray·est.

of a color between white and black; having a neutral hue.
dark, dismal, or gloomy: gray skies.
dull, dreary, or monotonous.
having gray hair; gray-headed.
pertaining to old age; mature.
Informal. pertaining to, involving, or composed of older persons: gray households.
old or ancient.
indeterminate and intermediate in character: The tax audit concentrated on deductions in the gray area between purely personal and purely business expenses.

noun

any achromatic color; any color with zero chroma, intermediate between white and black.
something of this color.
gray material or clothing: to dress in gray.
an unbleached and undyed condition.
(often initial capital letter) a member of the Confederate army in the American Civil War or the army itself.Compare blue(def 5).
a horse of a gray color.
a horse that appears white but is not an albino.

verb (used with or without object)

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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British Dictionary definitions for grey

grey

now esp US gray

adjective

of a neutral tone, intermediate between black and white, that has no hue and reflects and transmits only a little light
greyish in colour or having parts or marks that are greyish
dismal or dark, esp from lack of light; gloomy
neutral or dull, esp in character or opinion
having grey hair
of or relating to people of middle age or abovegrey power
ancient; venerable
(of textiles) natural, unbleached, undyed, and untreated

noun

any of a group of grey tones
grey cloth or clothingdressed in grey
an animal, esp a horse, that is grey or whitish

verb

to become or make grey
Derived Formsgreyish or mainly US grayish, adjectivegreyly or mainly US grayly, adverbgreyness or mainly US grayness, noun

Word Origin for grey

Old English grǣg; related to Old High German grāo, Old Norse grar

Grey

noun

Charles, 2nd Earl Grey. 1764–1845, British statesman. As Whig prime minister (1830–34), he carried the Reform Bill of 1832 and the bill for the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire (1833)
Sir Edward, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon. 1862–1933, British statesman; foreign secretary (1905–16)
Sir George. 1812–98, British statesman and colonial administrator; prime minister of New Zealand (1877–79)
Lady Jane. 1537–54, queen of England (July 9–19, 1553); great-granddaughter of Henry VII. Her father-in-law, the Duke of Northumberland, persuaded Edward VI to alter the succession in her favour, but after ten days as queen she was imprisoned and later executed
Zane. 1875–1939, US author of Westerns, including Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)

gray

1

adjective, noun, verb

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

gray

2

noun

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

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 grey
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Medicine definitions for grey

gray

[grā]

n.

A unit for a specific absorbed dose of radiation equal to 100 rads.

Gray

Henry 1825?-1861

British anatomist whose work Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical (1858), known as Gray's Anatomy, remains a standard text.

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Science definitions for grey

gray

[grā]

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 grey

grey

see gray.

gray

In addition to the idioms beginning with gray

  • gray area
  • gray matter

also see:

  • get gray hair from
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