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gray

1 [grey]
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:
before 900; Middle English; Old English grǣg; cognate with German grau

grayly, adverb
grayness, noun
ungrayed, adjective
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gray1 (ɡreɪ)
 
adj, —n, —vb
a variant spelling (now esp US) of grey
 
'grayish1
 
adj
 
'grayly1
 
adv
 
'grayness1
 
n

gray2 (ɡreɪ)
 
n
Gy 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
 
[C20: named after Louis Harold Gray (1905--65), English physicist]

Gray (ɡreɪ)
 
n
1.  Simon (James Holiday). born 1936, British writer: his plays include Butley (1971), The Common Pursuit (1988), Life Support (1997), and Japes (2001)
2.  Thomas. 1716--71, English poet, best known for his Elegy written in a Country Churchyard (1751)

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gray
O.E. græg (Mercian grei), from P.Gmc. *græwyaz (cf. O.N. grar, O.Fris. gre, Du. graw, Ger. grau), from PIE *ghreghwos, but no certain cognates outside Gmc. The distinction between British grey and U.S. gray developed 20c. Gray as figurative for "Southern troops in the U.S. Civil War" is first
recorded 1863, in reference to their uniform color.
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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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gray   (grā)  Pronunciation Key 
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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