from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. A past participle of grave3.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. carved, engraved
  • adj. Something fashioned by man, or something man-made. Anything made by man's hands.
  • adj. Something that is not alive, but made dead, from the grave.
  • v. Past participle of grave

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. Carved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A past participle of grave.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. cut or impressed into a surface
  • adj. cut into a desired shape


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  • I suppose it was the word graven that suggested to me the events I had witnessed on the night I had received my chrisos.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • The next day the newly knighted one went to Riminild's bower, and told her that now he was her own true knight, and must go forth to do brave deeds in her name, and she said she would trust him evermore, and she gave him a gold ring with her name graven on it, which would preserve him from all evil.

    Legends That Every Child Should Know; a Selection of the Great Legends of All Times for Young People

  • Where the azure-tiled roof had risen against the sky, there was now only the blue emptiness of air; where the green-and-gold facade had been, there was visible only the flickering of leaves under the aureate autumn light; and where the broad terrace had extended, could be discerned only a ruin, -- a tomb so ancient, so deeply gnawed by moss, that the name graven upon it was no longer decipherable.

    Some Chinese Ghosts

  • His idea was still with me, because it was not a vapour sunshine could disperse, nor a sand-traced effigy storms could wash away; it was a name graven on a tablet, fated to last as long as the marble it inscribed.

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. II.

  • Francine's grave had a border, in the midst of which the wooden cross had been replaced by a stone one with her name graven on it.

    Bohemians of the Latin Quarter

  • He will particularly put those to confusion who adhere to idols notwithstanding the attempts made by the preaching of the gospel to turn them from idols (v. 17): They shall be turned back, and greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • I found it offensive that you forced your beliefs on me, now you have found it offensive when I have forced my beliefs on you, with luck you will have learnt a lesson there, don't force your beliefs and prayers on me and I will return the favour by not blessing you with a little sarcastic FSM (oh, and a little FYI, the word graven means carved and I'm sure that the old FSM hasn't been carved yet and, in addition, I doubt that there are any extant carvings of Thor's goats, although I'm willing to admit that I might be wrong in that regard.) --

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  • a small token of our esteem -- [Go on, hand it up, Arthur], and hope you will like it, and that it will fit, and trust that the name graven within will suggest pleasant memories in which we all join.

    The Master of the Shell

  • 17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • SOCRATES: I mean an intelligent word graven in the soul of the learner, which can defend itself, and knows when to speak and when to be silent.

    Harold Jarche on the relevance of the learning professional


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