• WordNet 3.6
    • adj gross conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible "a crying shame","an egregious lie","flagrant violation of human rights","a glaring error","gross ineptitude","gross injustice","rank treachery"
    • adj gross conspicuously and tastelessly indecent "coarse language","a crude joke","crude behavior","an earthy sense of humor","a revoltingly gross expletive","a vulgar gesture","full of language so vulgar it should have been edited"
    • adj gross repellently fat "a bald porcine old man"
    • adj gross lacking fine distinctions or detail "the gross details of the structure appear reasonable"
    • adj gross without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers "an arrant fool","a complete coward","a consummate fool","a double-dyed villain","gross negligence","a perfect idiot","pure folly","what a sodding mess","stark staring mad","a thoroughgoing villain","utter nonsense","the unadulterated truth"
    • adj gross before any deductions "gross income"
    • adj gross visible to the naked eye (especially of rocks and anatomical features)
    • v gross earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
    • n gross the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
    • n gross twelve dozen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Lion King is the top grossing Disney movie of all-time with domestic gross intake of $312 million
    • Gross Coarse; rough; not fine or delicate.
    • Gross Disgusting; repulsive; highly offensive; as, a gross remark.
    • Gross Expressing, or originating in, animal or sensual appetites; hence, coarse, vulgar, low, obscene, or impure. "The terms which are delicate in one age become gross in the next."
    • Gross Great; large; bulky; fat; of huge size; excessively large. "A gross fat man.""A gross body of horse under the Duke."
    • Gross Great; palpable; serious; vagrant; shameful; as, a gross mistake; gross injustice; gross negligence.
    • Gross Not easily aroused or excited; not sensitive in perception or feeling; dull; witless. "Tell her of things that no gross ear can hear."
    • Gross The main body; the chief part, bulk, or mass. "For the gross of the people, they are considered as a mere herd of cattle."
    • Gross The number of twelve dozen; twelve times twelve; as, a gross of bottles; ten gross of pens.
    • Gross Thick; dense; not attenuated; as, a gross medium.
    • Gross Whole; entire; total; without deduction; as, the gross sum, or gross amount, the gross weight; -- opposed to net.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The 1988 move "Big" which was directed by Penny Marshall was the first movie by a female director to gross over $100 million domestically
    • gross Great; large; big; bulky.
    • gross Unusually large or plump, as from coarse growth or fatness: applied to plants or animals, and implying in men excessive or repulsive fatness.
    • gross Coarse in texture or form; coarse in taste, or as related to any of the senses; not fine or delicate.
    • gross Coarse in a moral sense; vulgar; indelicate; broad: applied to either persons or things.
    • gross Remarkably glaring or reprehensible; enormous; shameful; flagrant: as, a gross mistake; gross injustice.
    • gross Thick; dense; not attenuated; not refined or pure: as, a gross medium; gross air; gross elements.
    • gross Not acute or sensitive in perception, apprehension, or feeling; stupid; dull.
    • gross Whole; entire; total; specifically, without deduction, as for charges or waste material; without allowance of tare and tret: opposed to net: as, the gross sum or amount; gross profits, income, or weight.
    • gross General; not entering into detail.
    • n gross The main body; the chief part; the bulk; the mass: now chiefly or only in the phrase in gross or in the gross (which see, below).
    • n gross A unit of tale, consisting of twelve dozen, or 144. It never has the plural form: as, five gross or ten gross.
    • n gross Thick soft food, such as porridge, etc. Halliwell.
    • gross After large game: as, to fly gross: said of a hawk.
    • gross To engross.
    • gross Relatively large; specifically, visible to the naked eye; megascopic; not microscopic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original meaning of the word grocer was referring to a person who traded food in wholesale. These people would usually sell in large quantities, or by the "gross."
    • adj Gross grōs coarse: rough: dense: palpable, glaring, shameful: whole: coarse in mind: stupid: sensual: obscene
    • n Gross the main bulk: the whole taken together: a great hundred—i.e. twelve dozen
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  • Paul Newman
    Paul Newman
    “The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is out-grossing my films.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.”
  • Errol Flynn
    Errol Flynn
    “My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.”
  • George Chapman
    George Chapman
    “Pure innovation is more gross than error.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual.”
  • Martin Luther
    “So our Lord God commonly gave riches to those gross asses to whom he vouchsafed nothing else.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. gros, L. grossus, perh. fr. L. crassus, thick, dense, fat, E. crass, cf. Skr. grathita, tied together, wound up, hardened. Cf. Engross Grocer Grogram


In literature:

"Rouen, It's History and Monuments" by Théodore Licquet
These gross manners are the result of two factors in German life that it is well to keep in mind.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
To watch his activities was to marvel that he still retained the grossness of figure he so deplored.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
But what were the particulars that made up the gross sum of all this?
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
They expressed their surprise at the grossness of the imposition.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
His concern, one may say, is with the gross anatomy of passion, not with its histology.
"A Book of Prefaces" by H. L. Mencken
According to Strauss the idea is the very soul of all that is valuable in the past; and history is the gross crust which envelops it.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
For instance, the gross amount of ash in Lucern is given as 1,201.6 lbs.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
It would be a gross error to infer the general character of Cooper's travels from these extracts.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
The old Manchester economists are generally attacked for being too gross and material.
"George Bernard Shaw" by Gilbert K. Chesterton

In poetry:

And of you the sign now, surely, of a gross
(which is not reluctant, or if it is,
it is no longer important.
"A Song" by Robert Creeley
His death, they said, was slow, grotesque and hard,
Yet in that gross decay, until the end
Untroubled in his joy, he saw the Word
Made spirit and ascend.
"Ode On The Death Of Pius The Twelfth" by A D Hope
Fallen from thence to this,
From all immortal sunk to mortal sweet,
To slow gross joys from joy so fleet,
Fallen to mere remembrance of unsustainable bliss....
"The Fall" by John Freeman
O Alison Gross, that lives in yon tow'r,
The ugliest witch in the north countrie,
She trysted me ae day up till her bow'r,
And mony fair speeches she made to me.
"Alison Gross" by Andrew Lang
"Didst ever know, my friend, what I endure,
In slavish, plodding work, from day to day,
Which work should be in its own nature pure,
And lifted high, from gross and heavy clay.
"The Teacher" by Thomas Frederick Young
No! is my answer from this cold bleak ridge
Down to your valley: you may rest you there:
The gulf is wide, and none can build a bridge
That your gross weight would safely hither bear.
"A Loyal Woman's No" by Lucy Larcom

In news:

Intel Lowers Gross Profit Margin Outlook Mar 5, 2008 Printable format Email this Article Search.
The 4 percent tax will apply to the gross receipts on the retail sale of intrastate and interstate telecommunications services if the customer's place of primary use is located in South Dakota.
Gross Revenue Rises at Keeneland.
How can a huge hit film like "Forrest Gump ," the third-highest-grossing movie of all time, not yet show a profit.
The Detroit News reports the pilot was trying to land the single-engine plane Thursday at Grosse Ile Municipal Airport at the island suburb of Grosse Ile.
Windom native Brett Gross to be inducted into Gustavus Hall of Fame.
Sills Cummis & Gross Merges With Silverberg Stonehill Goldsmith & Haber .
Peter and Bobby Farrelly are gross-out artists in transition.
Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesFarnce's Bertrand Gille (6) shoots and scores past Sweden's Tobias Karlsson (18).
So Pastor Craig Gross is leading the crusade against America's addiction to porno.
It would be some advantage to live a primitive and frontier life, though in the midst of an outward civilization, if only to learn what are the gross necessities of life and what methods have been made to obtain them.
I read Larry Gross' "Stones in the Road" column (issue of Jan 28) and could relate to it.
The scary thriller Paranormal took home the gold over the weekend, topping the box office with $30.2 million in gross ticket sales.
Panos Cosmatos' chilly debut is creepy and gross, but it's also a memorably stylish viewing experience.
Thyroxine (T4) replacement was ineffective during periods of gross proteinuria in another.

In science:

This model is known as the Br´ezin-Gross-Witten model [223] and is defined by Z (J, J † ) = ZU ∈U(N ) where the integral is over the Haar measure of U(N ) and J is an arbitrary complex source term.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
For J a multiple of the identity (with the interpretation of J ∼ 1/g2 , where g is the Yang-Mills coupling constant), this model was solved analytically in the large-N limit by Gross and Witten.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
We have used the new pair of parameters simply as another example to illustrate the gross effect of the subdominant factors of the survival probability Γt (r) on the theoretical prediction of SN (t).
I. Territory covered by N random walkers on deterministic fractals. The Sierpinski gasket
The financial support by SFB 237 ”Unordnung und grosse Fluktuationen” as well as of the grant No.
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
Harald Grosse, Thomas Kra jewski, Raimar Wulkenhaar, “Renormalization of noncommutative Yang-Mills theories: A simple example”, hep-th/0001182.
Renormalization of noncommutative U(N) gauge theories