The grayness of the whole city—the houses, the back streets, the crumbling fences.
I was living in East Berlin for weeks in a row and experiencing the grayness of East Berlin.
Anders perceived the delusion behind the grayness, and then there was nothing at all.
She was what is called a graue Schwester; and of a truth she seemed the incarnation of grayness.
The grayness and the rigidity of her features clashed bizarrely with the brilliant coloring of her gown.
Even the grayness of the ash gave back no light; there was none to give.
After the grayness and mud of the ride out the great living-room glowed like a jewel.
He hurried to the window and stared out into the grayness of the dawn.
The first grayness of dawn filtered through the air-shaft window of the kitchen.
The grayness of her blurred ahead of him in the brightest stream of sunlight.
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.
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.