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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.]
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graying

(ˈɡreɪɪŋ)
adj
a variant spelling of greying
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Very limited data is available regarding association of smoking or tobacco use with premature graying of hair in our community, therefore, this study was designed to see any potential effect of smoking on graying of hair and baldness.
There have also been studies that link things that cause stress to our body to premature graying, and that includes emotional stress and even pollution and ultraviolet light," she said.
Others suggest that keeping the hair out of the sun prevents their tresses from graying, and others swear by moisturizing hair strands or massaging the scalp.
I have a hunch that at the earliest stages of graying, nearly all women, and a good number of men, try to forestall the inevitable by plucking the pesky deviants whenever and wherever they declare themselves.