Pronunciation: (grāv),[key] —n. 1. an excavation made in the earth in which to bury a dead body.
2. any place of interment; a tomb or sepulcher: a watery grave. 3. any place that becomes the receptacle of what is dead, lost, or past: the grave of unfulfilled ambitions. 4. death: O grave, where is thy victory? 5. have one foot in the grave, to be so frail, sick, or old that death appears imminent: It was a shock to see my uncle looking as if he had one foot in the grave. 6. make (one) turn or turn over in one's grave, to do something to which a specified dead person would have objected bitterly: This production of Hamlet is enough to make Shakespeare turn in his grave.
Pronunciation: (grāv; for 4, 6 also gräv),[key] —adj.,grav•er, grav•estfor 1–3, 5, —n.
—adj. 1. serious or solemn; sober: a grave person; grave thoughts. 2. weighty, momentous, or important: grave responsibilities. 3. threatening a seriously bad outcome or involving serious issues; critical: a grave situation; a grave illness. 4. Gram. a. unaccented.
b. spoken on a low or falling pitch.
c. noting or having a particular accent (`) indicating originally a comparatively low pitch (as in French père), distinct syllabic value (as in English belovèd), etc. (opposed to acute).
5. (of colors) dull; somber.
—n. the grave accent.
Pronunciation: (grāv),[key] —v.t.,graved, grav•en or graved, grav•ing. 1. to carve, sculpt, or engrave.
2. to impress deeply: graven on the mind.
Pronunciation: (grāv),[key] —v.t.,graved, grav•ing.Naut. to clean and apply a protective composition of tar to (the bottom of a ship).