gray

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English[edit]

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Various shades of gray.

Alternative forms[edit]

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

Etymology 1[edit]

See grey.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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 notes[edit]

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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Verb[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

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 also[edit]

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

References[edit]

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

Etymology 2[edit]

Named after Louis Harold Gray.

Noun[edit]

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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Czech[edit]

Noun[edit]

gray m

  1. gray (unit of absorbed radiation)

Further reading[edit]

  • gray in Akademický slovník cizích slov, 1995, at prirucka.ujc.cas.cz

Finnish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

gray

  1. gray (SI unit)

Declension[edit]

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

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

gray m (plural grays)

  1. gray (SI unit)

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

gray m (plural grays)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

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Noun[edit]

gray m (plural grays)

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

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

gray c

  1. gray (SI unit)