graven


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grav·en

 (grā′vən)
v.
A past participle of grave3.

graven

(ˈɡreɪvən)
vb
(Phonetics & Phonology) a past participle of grave3
adj
strongly fixed

grav•en

(ˈgreɪ vən)

v.
1. a pp. of grave 3.
adj.
2. deeply impressed; firmly fixed.
3. carved; sculptured: a graven idol.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.graven - cut into a desired shape; "graven images"; "sculptured representations"
carved, carven - made for or formed by carving (`carven' is archaic or literary); "the carved fretwork"; "an intricately carved door"; "stood as if carven from stone"
2.graven - cut or impressed into a surface; "an incised design"; "engraved invitations"
carved, carven - made for or formed by carving (`carven' is archaic or literary); "the carved fretwork"; "an intricately carved door"; "stood as if carven from stone"
Translations

graven

[ˈgreɪvən] ADJ (liter) graven imageídolo m
it is graven on my memorylo tengo grabado en la memoria

graven

adj (old, liter)gehauen (→ on, in in +acc); graven imageGötzenbild nt; to be graven in one’s heart or on one’s memorysich in jds Gedächtnis (acc)eingegraben haben (geh)
References in classic literature ?
There was a graven image of Desire Painted with red blood on a ground of gold.
Throughout the Pacific, and also in Nantucket, and New Bedford, and Sag Harbor, you will come across lively sketches of whales and whaling-scenes, graven by the fishermen themselves on Sperm Whale-teeth, or ladies' busks wrought out of the Right Whale-bone, and other like skrimshander articles, as the whalemen call the numerous little ingenious contrivances they elaborately carve out of the rough material, in their hours of ocean leisure.
In the midst of the mist, however, the visitor would suddenly notice the tense set face, with the two wrinkles graven in the forehead, and the ghastly pallor of the cheeks; and then he would suddenly recollect that it was time he was going on.
He threaded his way back to the ferry landing, found nobody at large there, and walked boldly on board the boat, for he knew she was tenantless except that there was a watchman, who always turned in and slept like a graven image.
To this crib I always took my doll; human beings must love something, and, in the dearth of worthier objects of affection, I contrived to find a pleasure in loving and cherishing a faded graven image, shabby as a miniature scarecrow.
He went in again, and put his right hand on the latch of the door to close it--but he did not close it: he was arrested, as he had been already since his loss, by the invisible wand of catalepsy, and stood like a graven image, with wide but sightless eyes, holding open his door, powerless to resist either the good or the evil that might enter there.
If buried in oblivion I should be, Bereft of life, fame, favour, even there It would be found that I thy image bear Deep graven in my breast for all to see.
There were Dejah Thoris, Sola, and Sarkoja, and as my fleeting glance swept over them a little tableau was presented which will stand graven in my memory to the day of my death.
He saw him sign to his men that he had come upon that which he sought and he saw him pass out of sight toward the north, and still Korak sat like a graven image, with a heart that bled in dumb misery.
And in the midst of all this turmoil, a sense of unpardonable injustice remained graven in his memory.
Kory-Kory--who seemed to have devoted considerable attention to the study of theology, as he knew the names of all the graven images in the valley, and often repeated them over to me--likewise entertained some rather enlarged ideas with regard to the character and pretensions of Moa Artua.
I approached and saw, as if graven in bas relief upon the white surface, the figure of a gigantic cat.