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definition of the word grave

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Ultimately from Latin gravis (heavy).

grave (comparative graver, superlative gravest)




  1. (obsolete) Of great weight; heavy; ponderous.
    His shield grave and great.Chapman.
  2. Of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate; serious; said of character, relations, etc.; as, grave deportment, character, influence, etc.
    Most potent, grave, and reverend seigniors.Shakespeare.
    A grave and prudent law, full of moral equity.Milton.
  3. Not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color; a grave face.
  4. (music) Not acute or sharp; low; deep; -- said of sound; as, a grave note or key.
    The thicker the cord or string, the more grave is the note or tone.Moore (Encyc. of Music).
  5. (music) Slow and solemn in movement.
{Grave accent}. (pronunciation) See the Note under Accent, n., 2.

{Grave}, {Sober}, {Serious}, {Solemn.} Sober supposes the absence of all exhilaration of spirits, and is opposed to gay or flighty; as, sober thought. Serious implies considerateness or reflection, and is opposed to jocose or sportive; as, serious and important concerns. Grave denotes a state of mind, appearance, etc., which results from the pressure of weighty interests, and is opposed to hilarity of feeling or vivacity of manner; as, a grave remark; grave attire. Solemn is applied to a case in which gravity is carried to its highest point; as, a solemn admonition; a solemn promise.



grave (plural graves)

  1. An accent used in French, Italian and other languages. è is an e with a grave accent.

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