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gray 1

also grey  (grā)
adj. gray·er, gray·est also grey·er or grey·est
1. Of or relating to an achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and white.
2.
a. Dull or dark: a gray, rainy afternoon.
b. Lacking in cheer; gloomy: a gray mood.
3.
a. Having gray hair; hoary.
b. Old or venerable.
4. Intermediate in character or position, as with regard to a subjective matter: the gray area between their differing opinions on the film's morality.
n.
1. An achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and white.
2. An object or animal of the color gray.
3. often Gray
a. A member of the Confederate Army in the Civil War.
b. The Confederate Army.
v. grayed, gray·ing, grays also greyed or grey·ing or greys
v.tr.
To make gray.
v.intr.
1. To become gray.
2.
a. To become old; age.
b. To include a large or increasing proportion of older people: "Federal food programs can't keep up with the nation's rapidly graying population" (Michael J. McCarthy).

[Middle English grei, from Old English grǣg.]

gray′ly adj.
gray′ness n.

gray 2

 (grā)
n. Abbr. Gy
The SI unit for the energy absorbed from ionizing radiation, equal to one joule per kilogram.

[After Louis Harold Gray (1905-1965), British radiobiologist.]

gray

(ɡreɪ)
adj, n, vb
(Colours) a variant spelling (now esp US) of grey
ˈgrayish adj
ˈgrayly adv
ˈgrayness n

gray

(ɡreɪ)
n
(Units) 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 rads. Symbol: Gy
[C20: named after Louis Harold Gray (1905–65), English physicist]

Gray

(ɡreɪ)
n
1. (Biography) Simon (James Holiday). 1936–2008, British writer: his plays include Butley (1971), The Common Pursuit (1988), Life Support (1997), and Japes (2001)
2. (Biography) Thomas. 1716–71, English poet, best known for his Elegy written in a Country Churchyard (1751)

gray

or grey

(greɪ)

adj. gray•er, gray•est or grey•er, grey•est,
n., v. adj.
1. of a color between white and black; having a neutral hue.
2. dark or gloomy: gray skies.
3. dull or monotonous.
4. having gray hair.
5. pertaining to old age; elderly: gray households.
6. indeterminate and intermediate in character: the gray area between realism and abstraction.
n.
7. any achromatic color; any color intermediate between white and black.
8. something of this color.
9. gray material or clothing: to dress in gray.
10. an unbleached and undyed condition.
11. (often cap.) a member of the Confederate army in the American Civil War, or the army itself. Compare blue (def. 5).
12. a horse of a gray color.
v.t., v.i.
13. to make or become gray.
[before 900; Old English grǣg, c. Middle Dutch grau, gra, Old High German grāo, Old Norse grār]
gray′ly, adv.
gray′ness, n.

Gray

(greɪ)

n.
1. Asa, 1810–88, U.S. botanist.
2. Thomas, 1716–71, English poet.

gray

(grā)
A unit used to measure the energy absorbed from radiation. One gray is equal to one joule per kilogram, or 100 rads.
grey, gray - The distinction in spelling between British grey and American gray is recent, popping up in the 20th century.
See also related terms for recent.

Gray

 

See Also: COLORS, GLOOM, HAIR COLOR, SKY, WEATHER

  1. An ash-gray … like that of the first thinning of the darkness after a rain-sodden night —Dan Jacobson
  2. (His face was) faintly gray like newsprint —John Updike
  3. (Eyes) gray as a goose —Geoffrey Chaucer
  4. Gray as a vault —Elizabeth Spencer
  5. Gray as bones —Martin Cruz Smith
  6. Gray as cement —Philip Levine
  7. (The weather had turned as) gray as concrete —Jean Thompson
  8. Gray as flannel —Jonathan Valin In his novel, Life’s Work, Valin thus describes what remains of a man’s hair: “Bald on top, gray as flannel on the sides.”
  9. (Eyes) gray as glass —Geoffrey Chaucer Chaucer used the simile in The Canterbury Tales (The Miller’s Tale) and Shakespeare used it in Gentlemen of Verona.
  10. Gray as lava —D. H. Lawrence
  11. (Skin) gray as lead —William Diehl
  12. (Warships) gray as sharks —George Garrett
  13. (Eyes … ) gray as storm clouds —Margaret Millar
  14. (Max was) gray as the sky —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
  15. Gray like dust —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  16. Gray [hair] like the last snows of winter —John Cheever
  17. Gray like washed slate —John Updike
  18. (Eyes had gone) icy gray, like winter frost —Andrew Kaplan

gray


Past participle: grayed
Gerund: graying

Imperative
gray
gray
Present
I gray
you gray
he/she/it grays
we gray
you gray
they gray
Preterite
I grayed
you grayed
he/she/it grayed
we grayed
you grayed
they grayed
Present Continuous
I am graying
you are graying
he/she/it is graying
we are graying
you are graying
they are graying
Present Perfect
I have grayed
you have grayed
he/she/it has grayed
we have grayed
you have grayed
they have grayed
Past Continuous
I was graying
you were graying
he/she/it was graying
we were graying
you were graying
they were graying
Past Perfect
I had grayed
you had grayed
he/she/it had grayed
we had grayed
you had grayed
they had grayed
Future
I will gray
you will gray
he/she/it will gray
we will gray
you will gray
they will gray
Future Perfect
I will have grayed
you will have grayed
he/she/it will have grayed
we will have grayed
you will have grayed
they will have grayed
Future Continuous
I will be graying
you will be graying
he/she/it will be graying
we will be graying
you will be graying
they will be graying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been graying
you have been graying
he/she/it has been graying
we have been graying
you have been graying
they have been graying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been graying
you will have been graying
he/she/it will have been graying
we will have been graying
you will have been graying
they will have been graying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been graying
you had been graying
he/she/it had been graying
we had been graying
you had been graying
they had been graying
Conditional
I would gray
you would gray
he/she/it would gray
we would gray
you would gray
they would gray
Past Conditional
I would have grayed
you would have grayed
he/she/it would have grayed
we would have grayed
you would have grayed
they would have grayed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gray - a neutral achromatic color midway between white and blackgray - a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black
achromatic color, achromatic colour - a color lacking hue; white or grey or black
ash gray, ash grey, silver gray, silver grey, silver - a light shade of grey
dappled-gray, dappled-grey, dapple-gray, dapple-grey - grey with a mottled pattern of darker grey markings
iron-gray, iron-grey - the color of freshly broken cast iron
tattletale gray, tattletale grey - a greyish white
Davy's gray, Davy's grey, iron blue, steel gray, steel grey - slightly purplish or bluish dark grey
2.gray - clothing that is a grey color; "he was dressed in grey"
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, wearable, vesture, wear - a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
3.gray - any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey; "the Confederate army was a vast grey"
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
Army of the Confederacy, Confederate Army - the southern army during the American Civil War
4.gray - horse of a light gray or whitish color
mount, riding horse, saddle horse - a lightweight horse kept for riding only
5.gray - the SI unit of energy absorbed from ionizing radiation; equal to the absorption of one joule of radiation energy by one kilogram of matter; one gray equals 100 rad
radioactivity unit - a measure of radioactivity
6.Gray - English radiobiologist in whose honor the gray (the SI unit of energy for the absorbed dose of radiation) was named (1905-1965)
radiobiologist - a biologist who studies the effects of radiation on living organisms
7.gray - English poet best known for his elegy written in a country churchyard (1716-1771)Gray - English poet best known for his elegy written in a country churchyard (1716-1771)
8.gray - American navigator who twice circumnavigated the globe and who discovered the Columbia River (1755-1806)Gray - American navigator who twice circumnavigated the globe and who discovered the Columbia River (1755-1806)
9.gray - United States botanist who specialized in North American flora and who was an early supporter of Darwin's theories of evolution (1810-1888)Gray - United States botanist who specialized in North American flora and who was an early supporter of Darwin's theories of evolution (1810-1888)
Verb1.gray - make grey; "The painter decided to grey the sky"
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
2.gray - turn grey; "Her hair began to grey"
discolour, discolor, color, colour - change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
Adj.1.gray - of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black; "the little grey cells"; "gray flannel suit"; "a man with greyish hair"
achromatic, neutral - having no hue; "neutral colors like black or white"
2.gray - showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair; "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge; "nodded his hoary head"
old - (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age; "his mother is very old"; "a ripe old age"; "how old are you?"
3.gray - used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms); "a stalwart grey figure"
southern - in or characteristic of a region of the United States south of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line; "southern hospitality"; "southern cooking"; "southern plantations"
4.gray - intermediate in character or position; "a grey area between clearly legal and strictly illegal"
intermediate - lying between two extremes in time or space or state; "going from sitting to standing without intermediate pushes with the hands"; "intermediate stages in a process"; "intermediate stops on the route"; "an intermediate range plane"
Translations
šedý
grå
harmaa
siv
灰色の
회색의
siv
grå
สีเทา
xám

gray

رَمَاديّ šedý grå grau γκρίζος gris harmaa gris siv grigio 灰色の 회색의 grijs grå szary cinzento серый grå สีเทา gri xám 灰色的

gray

n. color gris;
a. gris;
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___ columnscolumnas ___ -es;
___ degenerationdegeneración ___;
___ fibersfibras ___ -es;
___ hepatizationhepatización ___;
___ indurationinduración ___;
___ mattersustancia ___.

gray

adj gris; n (rad) gray m
References in classic literature ?
She had a decided mouth, a comical nose, and sharp, gray eyes, which appeared to see everything, and were by turns fierce, funny, or thoughtful.
whistled Ned, as he and Tom arose in the gray dawn of the morning when Jacinto announced the breakfast which the Indian cook had prepared.
We were talking about what it is like to spend one's childhood in little towns like these, buried in wheat and corn, under stimulating extremes of climate: burning summers when the world lies green and billowy beneath a brilliant sky, when one is fairly stifled in vegetation, in the color and smell of strong weeds and heavy harvests; blustery winters with little snow, when the whole country is stripped bare and gray as sheet-iron.
The long line of little gray, weather-beaten houses nestled peacefully among the orange trees.
The scouts departed; strong guards preceded and followed the lumbering vehicles that bore the baggage; and before the gray light of the morning was mellowed by the rays of the sun, the main body of the combatants wheeled into column, and left the encampment with a show of high military bearing, that served to drown the slumbering apprehensions of many a novice, who was now about to make his first essay in arms.
Thorndike turned eagerly to the judge, and saw that he was listening to a rotund, gray little man with beady, bird-like eyes who, as he talked, bowed and gesticulated.
Then there came up a broad-faced man, dressed in a great gray coat with great gray cape and great white buttons, a gray hat, and a blue comforter loosely tied round his neck; his hair was gray, too; but he was a jolly-looking fellow, and the other men made way for him.
His eyes seemed to be taking in everything--the gray trees with the gray creepers climbing over them and hanging from their branches, the tangle on the walls and among the grass, the evergreen alcoves with the stone seats and tall flower urns standing in them.
At the same time, observing Gray to be unarmed, I handed him my cutlass.
The gray came in just after, and thereby prevented any ill treatment which the others might have given me.
I turned half-way round and saw Dorian Gray for the first time.
So Mowgli stretched himself in some long, clean grass at the edge of the field, but before he had closed his eyes a soft gray nose poked him under the chin.