Definitions for graveness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an excavation made in the earth in which to bury a dead body.

  2. any place of interment:

    a watery grave.

  3. the receptacle of what is dead, lost, or past:

    the grave of unfulfilled ambitions.

  4. death:

    O grave, where is thy victory?

Idioms for grave:

  1. have one foot in the grave,to be so frail, sick, or old that death appears imminent.

    Category: Idiom

  2. make someone turn over in his or her grave,to do something that would have been unthinkably offensive to a specified person now dead.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of grave:

bef. 1000; ME; OE græf, c. OS graf, OHG grap; see grave3

grave′ward(adv.; adj.)

grave′wards(adv.; adj.)

grave*greɪv; for 4, 6 also grɑv(adj.; n.)grav•er, grav•est

  1. (adj.)serious or solemn; sober:

    grave thoughts of an uncertain future.

  2. weighty; momentous:

    grave responsibilities.

  3. threatening a seriously bad outcome or involving serious issues; critical:

    a grave situation.

  4. consisting of, indicated by, or bearing a grave accent.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  5. Category: Language/Linguistics

    Ref: grave accent.

* Syn: grave , sober , solemn refer to the condition of being serious in demeanor or appearance. grave indicates a dignified seriousness due to heavy responsibilities or cares: The jury looked grave while pondering the evidence. sober implies a determined but sedate and restrained manner: a wise and sober judge. solemn suggests an impressive and earnest seriousness marked by the absence of gaiety or mirth: The minister's voice was solemn as he announced the text.

Origin of grave:

1535–45; < MF < L gravis; akin to Gk barýs heavy


gravegreɪv(v.t.)graved, grav•en; graved, grav•ing.

  1. to carve, sculpt, or engrave.

  2. to impress deeply.

Origin of grave:

bef. 1000; ME; OE grafan to dig, engrave, c. OHG, Go graban, ON grafa


gravegreɪv(v.t.)graved, grav•ing.

  1. to clean and apply a protective composition of tar to (the bottom of a ship).

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of grave:

1425–75; late ME

gra•ve*ˈgrɑ veɪ

  1. (adj.)slow; solemn.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. (adv.)slowly; solemnly.

    Category: Music and Dance

* Music..

Origin of grave:

1575–85; < It grave < L gravis heavy; see grave2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. graveness, gravity, sobriety, soberness, somberness, sombreness(noun)

    a manner that is serious and solemn


  1. graveness(Noun)

    The state of being grave; gravity

Webster Dictionary

  1. Graveness(noun)

    the quality of being grave


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