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English adjective: gray

1. gray of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black

SamplesThe little grey cells.
Gray flannel suit.
A man with greyish hair.

Synonymsgrayish, grey, greyish

Similarachromatic, neutral


2. gray showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

SamplesWhose beard with age is hoar.
Nodded his hoary head.

Synonymsgray-haired, gray-headed, grey, grey-haired, grey-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-haired


Antonymsyoung, immature

3. gray used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms)

SamplesA stalwart grey figure.




4. gray intermediate in character or position

SamplesA grey area between clearly legal and strictly illegal.




English noun: gray

1. gray (attribute) a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black

Synonymsgrayness, grey, greyness

Broader (hypernym)achromatic color, achromatic colour

Narrower (hyponym)ash gray, ash grey, charcoal, charcoal gray, charcoal grey, dapple-gray, dapple-grey, dappled-gray, dappled-grey, Davy's gray, Davy's grey, iron blue, iron-gray, iron-grey, oxford gray, oxford grey, silver, silver gray, silver grey, steel gray, steel grey, tattletale gray, tattletale grey

2. gray (artifact) clothing that is a grey color

SamplesHe was dressed in grey.


Broader (hypernym)article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable

3. gray (group) any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey

SamplesThe Confederate army was a vast grey.


Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization

Narrower (hyponym)Army of the Confederacy, Confederate Army

4. gray (animal) horse of a light gray or whitish color


Broader (hypernym)mount, riding horse, saddle horse

5. gray (quantity) the SI unit of energy absorbed from ionizing radiation; equal to the absorption of one joule of radiation energy by one kilogram of matter; one gray equals 100 rad


Broader (hypernym)radioactivity unit

6. Gray (person) English radiobiologist in whose honor the gray (the SI unit of energy for the absorbed dose of radiation) was named (1905-1965)

SynonymsLouis Harold Gray

Broader (hypernym)radiobiologist

7. Gray (person) English poet best known for his elegy written in a country churchyard (1716-1771)

SynonymsThomas Gray

Instance hypernympoet

8. Gray (person) American navigator who twice circumnavigated the globe and who discovered the Columbia River (1755-1806)

SynonymsRobert Gray

Instance hypernymnavigator

9. Gray (person) United States botanist who specialized in North American flora and who was an early supporter of Darwin's theories of evolution (1810-1888)

SynonymsAsa Gray

Instance hypernymbotanist, phytologist, plant scientist

English verb: gray

1. gray (change) make grey

SamplesThe painter decided to grey the sky.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize

2. gray (change) turn grey

SamplesHer hair began to grey.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)color, colour, discolor, discolour

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