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

  • adj. Of or relating to an achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and white.
  • adj. Dull or dark: a gray, rainy afternoon.
  • adj. Lacking in cheer; gloomy: a gray mood.
  • adj. Having gray hair; hoary.
  • adj. Old or venerable.
  • adj. Intermediate in character or position, as with regard to a subjective matter: the gray area between their differing opinions on the film's morality.
  • n. An achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and white.
  • n. An object or animal of the color gray.
  • n. A member of the Confederate Army in the Civil War.
  • n. The Confederate Army.
  • transitive v. To make gray.
  • intransitive v. To become gray.
  • intransitive v. To become old; age.
  • intransitive v. To include a large or increasing proportion of older people: "Federal food programs can't keep up with the nation's rapidly graying population” ( Michael J. McCarthy).
  • n. The SI unit for the energy absorbed from ionizing radiation, equal to one joule per kilogram.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a color somewhere between white and black, as the ash of an ember.
  • adj. Dreary, gloomy.
  • adj. Having an indistinct, disputed or uncertain quality.
  • v. To become gray.
  • v. To cause to become gray.
  • n. An achromatic colour intermediate between black and white.
  • n. an extraterrestrial creature with grayish skin, bulbous black eyes, and an enlarged head.
  • n. In the International System of Units, the derived unit of absorbed dose of radiation (radiation absorbed by a patient); one joule of energy absorbed per kilogram of the patient's mass. Symbol: Gy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. any color of neutral hue between white and black; white mixed with black, as the color of pepper and salt, or of ashes, or of hair whitened by age; sometimes, a dark mixed color.
  • adj. Gray-haired; gray-headed; of a gray color; hoary.
  • adj. Old; mature.
  • adj. gloomy; dismal.
  • n. A gray color; any mixture of white and black; also, a neutral or whitish tint.
  • n. An animal or thing of gray color, as a horse, a badger, or a kind of salmon.
  • n. the Confederate army or a soldier in the confederate army.
  • n. the SI unit of absorbed dosage of ionizing radiation, equal to an absorbed energy of 1 joule per kilogram of irradiated material; -- abbreviated Gy. This unit is 100 times the commonly used unit, the rad.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a color between white and black, having little or no positive color, and only moderate luminosity; of the color of black hair which has begun to turn white, as seen at some distance.
  • Having gray hairs; gray-headed.
  • Old; mature: as, gray experience.
  • n. A gray color or tint; a color having little or no distinctive hue (chroma) and only moderate luminosity.
  • n. An animal of a gray color.
  • n. A gray horse.
  • n. The gray duck, or gadwall.
  • n. The California gray whale; the grayback.
  • n. A kind of salmon, Salmo ferox.
  • n. Twilight: as, the gray of the morning, or of the evening.
  • n. plural A Scottish regiment of cavalry forming the second regiment of dragoons in the British army: so called from the color of their horses. Also Scots Grays.
  • To cause to become gray; change to a gray color.
  • To depolish, as glass.
  • In photography, to give a mezzotint effect by covering the negative during the printing with a glass slightly ground or depolished on one side. Pictures thus treated are sometimes called Berlin portraits.
  • n. Unbleached cotton fabric; a piece of cotton or worsted cloth, in the natural color of the raw material, as it comes from the loom, before it is dyed or finished.
  • n. Same as methylene gray.
  • n. A water-color consisting of carbon-black, lake, and indigo.

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

  • n. a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black
  • n. the SI unit of energy absorbed from ionizing radiation; equal to the absorption of one joule of radiation energy by one kilogram of matter; one gray equals 100 rad
  • adj. of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black
  • v. make grey
  • adj. showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
  • n. any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey
  • n. American navigator who twice circumnavigated the globe and who discovered the Columbia River (1755-1806)
  • n. English radiobiologist in whose honor the gray (the SI unit of energy for the absorbed dose of radiation) was named (1905-1965)
  • n. United States botanist who specialized in North American flora and who was an early supporter of Darwin's theories of evolution (1810-1888)
  • n. English poet best known for his elegy written in a country churchyard (1716-1771)
  • adj. intermediate in character or position
  • adj. used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms)
  • n. clothing that is a grey color
  • v. turn grey
  • n. horse of a light gray or whitish color


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

Middle English grei, from Old English grǣg.
After Louis Harold Gray (1905-1965), British radiobiologist.

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From Old English grǣġ, from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (compare Dutch grauw, German grau, Old Norse grár), from Pre-Germanic *ǵrēwo, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer (“to shine, to glow”) (compare Latin rāvus ("grey"), Old Church Slavonic зьрѭ (zĭrjǫ, "to see, to glance"), Russian зреть ("to watch, to look at") (archaic), Lithuanian žeriù ("to shine")).

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Named after Louis Harold Gray.



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