gray

EnglishEdit

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Various shades of gray.

Alternative formsEdit

  • grey (used in the UK and the Commonwealth and also in the US)

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English grǣġ, from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (compare Dutch grauw, German grau, Old Norse grár), from Pre-Germanic *ǵrēwo, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer ‎(to shine, to glow) (compare Latin rāvus ‎(grey), Old Church Slavonic зьрѭ ‎(zĭrjǫ, to see, to glance), Russian зреть ‎(zretʹ, to watch, to look at) (archaic), Lithuanian žeriù ‎(to shine)).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

gray ‎(comparative grayer, superlative grayest) (spelled "grey" in the UK and the Commonwealth)

  1. (US) Having a color somewhere between white and black, as the ash of an ember.
    • Isaac Newton
      These grey and dun colors may be also produced by mixing whites and blacks.
  2. (US) Dreary, gloomy.
  3. (US) Having an indistinct, disputed or uncertain quality.
  4. (US) Relating to older people.
    the gray dollar, i.e. the purchasing power of the elderly
    • Ames
      grey experience
Usage notesEdit

A mnemonic for remembering which spelling is used where: grey is the English spelling, while gray is the American spelling. However, grey is also found in American English.

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VerbEdit

gray ‎(third-person singular simple present grays, present participle graying, simple past and past participle grayed) (spelled "grey" in the UK and the Commonwealth)

  1. (US) To become gray.
    My hair is beginning to gray.
  2. (US) To cause to become gray.
  3. (US, demography, slang) To turn progressively older, in the context of the population of a geographic region.
    the graying of America
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NounEdit

gray ‎(plural grays) (spelled "grey" in the UK and the Commonwealth)

  1. (US) An achromatic colour intermediate between black and white.
    grey colour:    
  2. (chiefly US, ufology) an extraterrestrial humanoid with grayish skin, bulbous black eyes, and an enlarged head.
  3. (US, two-up) A penny with a tail on both sides, used for cheating.[1]
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See alsoEdit

Colors in English · colors, colours (layout · text)
     red      purple      yellow      green      teal      blue      indigo
     crimson      magenta      cream      lime      cyan      azure, sky blue      violet
     brown      pink      orange      black      gray, grey      white

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966, chapter XI section 3, page 243

Etymology 2Edit

Named after Louis Harold Gray.

NounEdit

gray ‎(plural grays)

  1. In the International System of Units, the derived unit of absorbed dose of radiation (radiation absorbed by a patient); one joule of energy absorbed per kilogram of the patient's mass. Symbol: Gy
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FinnishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

gray

  1. gray (SI unit)

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of gray (Kotus type 21/rosé, no gradation)
nominative gray grayt
genitive grayn grayiden
grayitten
partitive graytä grayitä
illative grayhin
grayhyn
grayihin
singular plural
nominative gray grayt
accusative nom. gray grayt
gen. grayn
genitive grayn grayiden
grayitten
partitive graytä grayitä
inessive grayssä grayissä
elative graystä grayistä
illative grayhin
grayhyn
grayihin
adessive grayllä grayillä
ablative grayltä grayiltä
allative graylle grayille
essive graynä grayinä
translative grayksi grayiksi
instructive grayin
abessive grayttä grayittä
comitative grayineen

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

gray m ‎(plural grays)

  1. gray (SI unit)

PortugueseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

gray m (plural grays)

  1. (physics) gray (SI unit of absorbed radiation)

Etymology 2Edit

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

gray m (plural grays)

  1. (ufology) gray (one of a race of evil, short extraterrestrial beings)

SwedishEdit

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gray c

  1. gray (SI unit)
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