c. gross

World English Dictionary
gross (ɡrəʊs)
1.  repellently or excessively fat or bulky
2.  Compare net with no deductions for expenses, tax, etc; total: gross sales; gross income
3.  (of personal qualities, tastes, etc) conspicuously coarse or vulgar
4.  obviously or exceptionally culpable or wrong; flagrant: gross inefficiency
5.  lacking in perception, sensitivity, or discrimination: gross judgments
6.  (esp of vegetation) dense; thick; luxuriant
7.  obsolete coarse in texture or quality
8.  rare rude; uneducated; ignorant
9.  an exclamation indicating disgust
n , gross, grosses
10.  a unit of quantity equal to 12 dozen
11.  a.  the entire amount
 b.  the great majority
12.  to earn as total revenue, before deductions for expenses, tax, etc
[C14: from Old French gros large, from Late Latin grossus thick]

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Word Origin & History

c.1347, from O.Fr. gros "big, thick, coarse," from L.L. grossus "thick, coarse (of food or mind)," of obscure origin, not in classical L. Said to be unrelated to L. crassus, which meant the same thing, or to Ger. gross "large," but said to be cognate with O.Ir. bres, M.Ir. bras "big." Its meaning forked
in M.E., to "glaring, flagrant, monstrous" on the one hand and "entire, total, whole" on the other. Meaning "disgusting" is first recorded 1958 in U.S. student slang, from earlier use as an intensifier of unpleasant things (gross stupidity, etc.). Noun sense of "a dozen dozen" is from O.Fr. grosse douzaine "large dozen;" sense of "total profit" (opposed to net) is from 1523. Gross national product first recorded 1947.
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Medical Dictionary

Gross (grōs), Samuel David. 1805-1884.

American surgeon and educator who wrote widely influential medical treatises, including A System of Surgery (1859).

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Cultural Dictionary

gross definition

Exclusive of deductions, prior to taxation, as in gross income. (Compare net.) Total, aggregate, as in gross domestic product.

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