• WordNet 3.6
    • adj grave causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm "a dangerous operation","a grave situation","a grave illness","grievous bodily harm","a serious wound","a serious turn of events","a severe case of pneumonia","a life-threatening disease"
    • adj grave of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought "grave responsibilities","faced a grave decision in a time of crisis","a grievous fault","heavy matters of state","the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference"
    • adj grave dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises "a grave God-fearing man","a quiet sedate nature","as sober as a judge","a solemn promise","the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"
    • v grave carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface "engrave a pen","engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's","the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree"
    • v grave shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it "She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband"
    • n grave a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone) "he put flowers on his mother's grave"
    • n grave a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
    • n grave death of a person "he went to his grave without forgiving me","from cradle to grave"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Graves of the Comport Family: in Cooling Churchyard Graves of the Comport Family: in Cooling Churchyard
Gravely promenaded to and fro Gravely promenaded to and fro
Franklin's Grave Franklin's Grave

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When former Texas Governor James Hogg was on his deathbed he made a special request that a pecan tree be planted at the head of his grave instead of a tombstone. The governor passed away on March 2, 1906, which is Texas Independence Day. The pecan tree is now the state tree of Texas
    • n Grave An excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher. Hence: Death; destruction. "He bad lain in the grave four days."
    • Grave (Mus) Not acute or sharp; low; deep; -- said of sound; as, a grave note or key.
    • Grave Not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color; a grave face.
    • Grave Of great weight; heavy; ponderous. "His shield grave and great."
    • Grave Of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate; serious; -- said of character, relations, etc.; as, grave deportment, character, influence, etc. "Most potent, grave , and reverend seigniors.""A grave and prudent law, full of moral equity."
    • Grave (Mus) Slow and solemn in movement.
    • Grave To carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave. "Thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel."
    • Grave To carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel; to sculpture; as, to grave an image. "With gold men may the hearte grave ."
    • v. t Grave (Naut) To clean, as a vessel's bottom, of barnacles, grass, etc., and pay it over with pitch; -- so called because graves or greaves was formerly used for this purpose.
    • Grave To dig. Obs Chaucer. "He hath graven and digged up a pit."
    • Grave To entomb; to bury. "Lie full low, graved in the hollow ground."
    • Grave To impress deeply (on the mind); to fix indelibly. "O! may they graven in thy heart remain."
    • v. i Grave To write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chicago's Lincoln Park was created in 1864. The original 120 acre cemetery had most of its graves removed and was expanded to more than 1000 acres for recreational use.
    • grave To dig; delve.
    • grave To bury; entomb.
    • grave To cut or incise, as letters or figures, on stone or other hard substance with an edged or pointed tool; engrave.
    • grave To carve; sculpture; form or shape by cutting with a tool: as, to grave an image.
    • grave To make an impression upon; impress deeply.
    • n grave An excavation in the earth, now especially one in which a dead body is or is to be buried: a place for the interment of a corpse; hence, a tomb; a sepulcher.
    • n grave Figuratively, any scene or occasion of utter loss, extinction, or disappearance: as, speculation is the grave of many fortunes.
    • n grave Sometimes, in the authorized version of the Old Testament, the abode of the dead; Hades. In the revised version the original Hebrew word Sheol is substituted in some places; in others the old rendering is retained, with Sheol in the margin; and in Ezek. xxxi. 15 hell is used instead of the grave. See hell.
    • grave Having weight; heavy; ponderous.
    • grave Solemn; sober; serious: opposed to light or jovial: as, a man of a grave deportment.
    • grave Plain; not gay or showy: as, grave colors.
    • grave Important; momentous; weighty; having serious import.
    • grave In acoustics, deep; low in pitch: opposed to acute.
    • n grave The grave accent; also, the sign of the grave accent (`).
    • grave In music, to render grave, as a note or tone.
    • grave To clean (a ship's bottom) by burning or scraping off seaweeds, barnacles, etc., and paying it over with pitch.
    • n grave A count; a prefect: in Germany and the Low Countries— formerly, a person holding some executive or judicial office: usually in composition with a distinctive term, as landgrave, margrave (*mark-grave), burgrave (*burg-grave), dike-grave, etc.; now merely a title of rank or honor.
    • grave In music, slow; solemn: noting passages to be so rendered.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Guillotin merely proposed the machine that bears his name (which was rejected by the crown) and he never made a working model. The first working model was made by his assistant years later. When the machine attained infamy in the French Revolution, Dr.Guillotin protested its use and went to his grave claiming that the machine was unjustly named after him.
    • v.t Grave grāv to carve or cut on a hard substance: to engrave
    • v.i Grave to engrave:—pa.p. graved or grāv′en
    • n Grave a pit graved or dug out, esp. one in which to bury the dead: any place of burial: the abode of the dead:
    • v.t Grave grāv to smear with graves or greaves, a mixture of tallow, rosin, &c. boiled together
    • adj Grave grāv of importance: serious: not gay or showy: sober: solemn; weighty:
    • n Grave the grave accent, or its sign (`)
    • n Grave grāv a count, prefect, a person holding office, as in landgrave, margrave, burgrave, &c.
    • n Grave (fig.) death: destruction
    • adj Grave grāv (mus.) not acute: low
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  • Corra May Harris
    Corra May Harris
    “A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “The beautiful uncut hair of graves.”
  • Alan Lampkin
    Alan Lampkin
    “A rut is a grave with no ends.”
  • Vance Havner
    “Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.”
  • Proverb
    “Private reproof is the best grave for private faults.”
  • Robert Frost
    “There is little much beyond the grave, but the strong are saying nothing until they see.”


Dancing on someone's grave - If you will dance on someone's grave, you will outlive or outlast them and will celebrate their demise.
Watery grave - If someone has gone to a watery grave, they have drowned.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. grafan, to dig, grave, engrave; akin to OFries. greva, D. graven, G. graben, OHG. & Goth. graban, Dan. grabe, Sw. gräfva, Icel. grafa, but prob. not to Gr. gra`fein to write, E. graphic., Cf. Grave (n.) Grove (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. gravis.


In literature:

Two of the graves were ornamented by a collection of reindeer horns.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Floyd was at this period two-and-twenty, a rather grave and reserved young man, with no special predilection for society.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
On the kitchen doorstep a patchwork cat was making a grave toilet.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I am to go straight home to my father's house, and he is not to trouble me nor come near me till my mother is safe in her grave.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
It was doubtless the grave which had been so mysteriously assigned to the lot of Egerton.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
After this they came to Feuerbach's grave.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
There was another grave in the wilderness and the disheartened party returned to the Watauga country.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Philip grew to be grave and wondrous solemn, for assuming the tone of guardian lifted his manners above all levity.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
From Maclise's Painting, by Graves, A.R.A.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
They had incurred a grave personal obligation, and could only meet it by that grave personal thing, friendship.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

But the great rock stood
Straight up in the sea:
It looked gravely down,
And said pleasantly—
"The Rock And The Bubble" by Louisa May Alcott
I went silently,
With all-wondering eyes . . .
"She is old," they said,
"She is grave and wise."
"I Was Still A Child" by Margaret Widdemer
From the graves of our slain
Shall thy valour prevail
As we greet thee again
Hail, Liberty! Hail!
"The Greek National Anthem" by Rudyard Kipling
From the graves of our slain
Shall thy valour prevail
As we greet thee again —
Hail, Liberty! Hail!
"The Greek National Anthem" by Rudyard Kipling
- Matthew is in his grave, yet now
Methinks I see him stand
As that moment, with a bough
Of wilding in his hand.
"The Two April Mornings" by William Wordsworth
I met a mother on the moor,
By a new grave a-praying.
The happy swallows in the blue
Upon the winds were playing.
"On The Moor" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

A full palette of kiddie art options at the Graves.
Terry Caffey, who survived the murder attempt, visits the graves of his wife and two young sons.
Let's see: The financial system is still in grave peril, despite Congress's approval of an unprecedented $700 billion bailout.
On Tuesday, Aug 16, my son and I went to Woodlawn Cemetery to place a floral arrangement on my husband's grave to commemorate the second anniversary of his passing.
We have enough graves and war memorials.
My position on the question of extraordinary measures to save gravely ill pets has always been to just say no.
Archaeologists believe long-sought grave site is nearby.
Have We Got a Ghoul for You: Burton's 'Corpse Bride' Puts Sweet Spin on a Grave Tale.
She was born April 7, 1927, in Buffalo, N.Y. To Leslie and Alfretta Graves Stetson.
Liner Notes Best of Nashville Music, Los Straitjackets, Jamey Johnson, Early Graves, Godspeed You.
Goldstone Returns Richard Goldstone 's anti-Israel bias could once again have grave results.
Vladimir Djordjevic with his father Predrag after suffering grave burns at the Good Guy s strip club.
Even so, we have forgotten their graves.
Vietri's Frances Gravely to Retire.
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C.–Vietri co-founder and vice president of brand development Frances Gravely will retire.

In science:

In a problem like quantum gravity, where directly relevant experimental data is scarce, it would be a grave error if everyone followed the same path.
Overview and Outlook
Graves, Mappings between function spaces, Trans.
A Classification Theorem for Nuclear Purely Infinite Simple C*-Algebras
Graves-Morris, “Pad´e Approximants, Encyclopedia of Mathematics and its Applications, Vols. 13 and 14.
Series expansion and computer simulation studies of random sequential adsorption
Security forces found the mass grave on Wednesday at Chbika, near Djelfa, 275 kilometers (170 miles) south of the capital.
Centroid-based summarization of multiple documents: sentence extraction, utility-based evaluation, and user studies
One might imagine that grave violence would be done to the predictions of BBN if a di-neutron or di-proton were to be stable during the nucleosynthesis epoch.
Variation of Fundamental Couplings and Nuclear Forces