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grey

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

gray1.

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RELATED WORDS

dusty, drab, silvery, stone, lead, slate, neutral, pearly, powder, iron, dappled, shaded, clouded, ash, heather, silvered, Dove, oyster, ashen, dingy

Nearby words

grew, grewsome, grewsomely, grex, grexit, grey, grey area, grey body, grey duck, grey eminence, grey fox
Related formsgrey·ly, adverbgrey·ness, nounun·greyed, adjective

Definition for grey (2 of 3)

Grey

[ grey ]
/ greɪ /

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.

Definition for grey (3 of 3)

gray

1

or grey

[ grey ]
/ greɪ /

adjective, gray·er, gray·est.

noun

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 (1 of 5)

grey

now esp US gray

/ (ɡreɪ) /

adjective

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for grey (2 of 5)

Grey

/ (ɡreɪ) /

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)

British Dictionary definitions for grey (3 of 5)

gray

1
/ (ɡreɪ) /

adjective, noun, verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for grey (4 of 5)

gray

2
/ (ɡreɪ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for grey (5 of 5)

Gray

/ (ɡreɪ) /

noun

Thomas. 1716–71, English poet, best known for his Elegy written in a Country Churchyard (1751)
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Medicine definitions for grey (1 of 2)

gray

[ grā ]

n.

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

Medicine definitions for grey (2 of 2)

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 (1 of 2)

grey


see gray.

Idioms and Phrases with grey (2 of 2)

gray


In addition to the idioms beginning with gray

  • gray area
  • gray matter

also see:

  • get gray hair from
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