grayness


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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grayness - a neutral achromatic color midway between white and blackgrayness - 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
References in classic literature ?
She watched it so long and steadily that the grayness grew heavier and heavier before her eyes and she fell asleep.
The grayness of the whole immense surface, the wind furrows upon the faces of the waves, the great masses of foam, tossed about and waving, like matted white locks, give to the sea in a gale an appearance of hoary age, lustreless, dull, without gleams, as though it had been created before light itself.
The shadows grew long, and finally merged into the grayness of the mellow twilight.
The eyes of the man who sat there were perfectly wide-open, but there was something unnatural in their fixed stare,--something unnatural, too, in the drawn grayness of his face.
The question was answered for him, and so oppressed was he by the grayness of life that he forgot the tentative proposition she had made for him to go to work.
He was submerged in the vast impersonal grayness about him, and at intervals the sidelong roll of the boat measured off time like the ticking of a clock.
But the brilliant throng of kings and queens, of knights and ladies, of pilgrims and lovers, and all the make- believe people of storyland stood out all the brighter for the grayness of the background.
In fact, he had looked at twenty very much as he looked at sixty, lacking a little of the grayness.
They glowed out of its quiet and grayness like the throbbing, blood-red thoughts of a vivid soul imprisoned in a dull husk of environment.
He had been made a sub-lieutenant in 1802, but it was not until 1829 that he became a major, in spite of the grayness of his moustaches.