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Meaning of GRAVE

Pronunciation:  greyv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone); "he put flowers on his mother's grave"
  2. [n]  a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
  3. [n]  death of a person; "he went to his grave without forgiving me"; "from cradle to grave"
  4. [adj]  causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"
  5. [adj]  of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought; "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters of state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference"
  6. [adj]  dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"
  7. [v]  write upon; engrave a pen, for example
  8. [v]  shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it; "She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband"

GRAVE is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: critical, dangerous, engrave, grave accent, grievous, heavy, important, inscribe, of import, sculpt, sculpture, sedate, serious, severe, sober, solemn, tomb, weighty
 See Also: accent, accent mark, burial chamber, carve, character, chip at, death, demise, dying, gravestone, headstone, mastaba, mastabah, place, sepulcher, sepulchre, sepulture, spot, tombstone, topographic point



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \-grave\
    A final syllable signifying a ruler, as in landgrave,
    margrave. See {Margrave.}
  2. \Grave\, v. t. (Naut.)
    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.
  3. \Grave\, a. [Compar. {Graver} (gr[=a]v"[~e]r); superl.
    {Gravest.}] [F., fr. L. gravis heavy; cf. It. & Sp. grave
    heavy, grave. See {Grief.}]
    1. Of great weight; heavy; ponderous. [Obs.]
             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. --Shak.
             A grave and prudent law, full of moral equity.
    3. Not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color;
       a grave face.
    4. (Mus.)
       (a) 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
       (b) Slow and solemn in movement.
    {Grave accent}. (Pron.) See the Note under {Accent}, n., 2.
    Syn: Solemn; sober; serious; sage; staid; demure; thoughtful;
         sedate; weighty; momentous; important.
    Usage: {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 qrave remark; qrave attire.
           Solemn is applied to a case in which gravity is
           carried to its highest point; as, a solemn admonition;
           a solemn promise.
  4. \Grave\, v. t. [imp. {Graved} (gr[=a]vd); p. p. {Graven}
    (gr[=a]v"'n) or {Graved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Graving}.] [AS.
    grafan to dig, grave, engrave; akin to OFries. greva, D.
    graven, G. graben, OHG. & Goth. graban, Dan. grabe, Sw.
    gr[aum]fva, Icel. grafa, but prob. not to Gr. gra`fein to
    write, E. graphic. Cf. {Grave}, n., {Grove}, n.]
    1. To dig. [Obs.] Chaucer.
             He hath graven and digged up a pit.   --Ps. vii. 16
                                                   (Book of
    2. To carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard
       substance; to engrave.
             Thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them
             the names of the children of Israel.  --Ex. xxviii.
    3. To carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel;
       to sculpture; as, to grave an image.
             With gold men may the hearte grave.   --Chaucer.
    4. To impress deeply (on the mind); to fix indelibly.
             O! may they graven in thy heart remain. --Prior.
    5. To entomb; to bury. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
             Lie full low, graved in the hollow ground. --Shak.
  5. \Grave\, v. i.
    To write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised
    lines; to practice engraving.
  6. \Grave\, n. [AS. gr?f, fr. grafan to dig; akin to D. & OS.
    graf, G. grab, Icel. gr["o]f, Russ. grob' grave, coffin. See
    {Grave} to carve.]
    An excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any
    place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher. Hence: Death;
          He bad lain in the grave four days.      --John xi. 17.
    {Grave wax}, adipocere.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are visiting a grave indicates that you need to delve into your own unconscious in search of an issue in which you thought had been put to rest. You need to stand up for yourself for no one else can do it for you. Alternatively, it represents something is about to be completed in your life. You are ready for a new start. Dreaming that you are digging a grave indicates some nervousness and uneasiness over some undertaking.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Among the ancient Hebrews graves were outside of cities in the open field (Luke 7:12; John 11:30). Kings (1 Kings 2:10) and prophets (1 Sam. 25:1) were generally buried within cities. Graves were generally grottoes or caves, natural or hewn out in rocks (Isa. 22:16; Matt. 27:60). There were family cemeteries (Gen. 47:29; 50:5; 2 Sam. 19:37). Public burial-places were assigned to the poor (Jer. 26:23; 2 Kings 23:6). Graves were usually closed with stones, which were whitewashed, to warn strangers against contact with them (Matt. 23:27), which caused ceremonial pollution (Num. 19:16).

There were no graves in Jerusalem except those of the kings, and according to tradition that of the prophetess Huldah.

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