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[grey] /greɪ/
adjective, grayer, grayest.
1.
of a color between white and black; having a neutral hue.
2.
dark, dismal, or gloomy:
gray skies.
3.
dull, dreary, or monotonous.
4.
having gray hair; gray-headed.
5.
pertaining to old age; mature.
6.
Informal. pertaining to, involving, or composed of older persons:
gray households.
7.
old or ancient.
8.
indeterminate and intermediate in character:
The tax audit concentrated on deductions in the gray area between purely personal and purely business expenses.
noun
9.
any achromatic color; any color with zero chroma, intermediate between white and black.
10.
something of this color.
11.
gray material or clothing:
to dress in gray.
12.
an unbleached and undyed condition.
13.
(often initial capital letter) a member of the Confederate army in the American Civil War or the army itself.
Compare blue (def 5).
14.
a horse of a gray color.
15.
a horse that appears white but is not an albino.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
16.
to make or become gray.
Also, grey.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English grǣg; cognate with German grau
Related forms
grayly, adverb
grayness, noun
ungrayed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for grayer

gray1

/ɡreɪ/
adjective, noun, verb
1.
a variant spelling (now esp US) of grey
Derived Forms
grayish, adjective
grayly, adverb
grayness, noun

gray2

/ɡreɪ/
noun
1.
the derived SI unit of absorbed ionizing radiation dose or kerma equivalent to an absorption per unit mass of one joule per kilogram of irradiated material. 1 gray is equivalent to 100 rads Gy
Word Origin
C20: named after Louis Harold Gray (1905–65), English physicist

Gray

/ɡreɪ/
noun
1.
Thomas. 1716–71, English poet, best known for his Elegy written in a Country Churchyard (1751)
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Word Origin and History for grayer

gray

adj.

Old English græg (Mercian grei), from Proto-Germanic *grisja- "gray" (cf. Old Norse grar, Old Frisian gre, Middle Dutch gra, Dutch graw, Old High German grao, German grau), with no certain cognates outside Germanic. French gris, Spanish gris, Italian grigio, Medieval Latin griseus are Germanic loan-words.

The distinction between British grey and U.S. gray developed 20c. The noun is c.1200, from the adjective. Gray as figurative for "Southern troops in the U.S. Civil War" is first recorded 1863, in reference to their uniform color. Expression the gray mare is the better horse in reference to households ruled by wives is recorded from 1540s. The verb is 1610s (with an isolated instance from late 14c.). Related: Grayed; graying.

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grayer in Medicine

gray (grā)
n.
Abbr. Gy
A unit for a specific absorbed dose of radiation equal to 100 rads.

Gray (grā), Henry. 1825?-1861.

British anatomist whose work Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical (1858), known as Gray's Anatomy, remains a standard text.

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grayer in Science
gray
  (grā)   
The SI derived unit used to measure the energy absorbed by a substance per unit weight of the substance when exposed to radiation. One gray is equal to one joule per kilogram, or 100 rads. The gray is named after British physicist Louis Harold Gray (1905-1965).
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Idioms and Phrases with grayer
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Encyclopedia Article for grayer

gray

unit of absorbed dose of ionizing radiation, defined in the 1980s by the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements. One gray is equal approximately to the absorbed dose delivered when the energy per unit mass imparted to matter by ionizing radiation is one joule per kilogram. As a unit of measure, the gray is coherent with the units of measure in the International System of Units (SI). The gray replaced the rad, which was not coherent with the SI system. One gray equals 100 rads

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