Definition and Meanings for grave
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Part of Speech of grave
transitive verb, adjective, comparative, superlative, noun, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb
Etymology of grave
Meaning of grave
as transitive verb
- to clean, as a vessel's bottom, of barnacles, grass, etc., and pay it over with pitch; -- so called because graves or greaves was formerly used for this purpose.
as adjective, comparative, superlative
- of great weight; heavy; ponderous.
- of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate; serious; -- said of character, relations, etc.; as, grave deportment, character, influence, etc.
- not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color; a grave face.
- not acute or sharp; low; deep; -- said of sound; as, a grave note or key.
- slow and solemn in movement.
as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun, noun
- to dig. [obs.] chaucer.
- to carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave.
- to carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel; to sculpture; as, to grave an image.
- to impress deeply (on the mind); to fix indelibly.
- to entomb; to bury.
as intransitive verb
- to write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving.
- an excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher. hence: death; destruction.