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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Grave \Grave\, verb (used with an object) [imp. {Graved} (gr[=a]vd); p. p. {Graven} (gr[=a]v"'n) or {Graved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Graving}.] [AS. grafan to dig, grave, engrave; akin to OFries. greva, D. graven, G. graben, OHG. & Goth. graban, Dan. grabe, Sw. gr[aum]fva, Icel. grafa, but prob. not to Gr. gra'fein to write, E. graphic. Cf. {Grave}, noun, {Grove}, noun]

1. To dig. [Obs.] Chaucer.

He hath graven and digged up a pit. --Ps. vii. 16 (Book of Common Prayer).

2. To carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave.

Thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel. --Ex. xxviii. 9.

3. To carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel; to sculpture; as, to grave an image.

With gold men may the hearte grave. --Chaucer.

4. To impress deeply (on the mind); to fix indelibly.

O! may they graven in thy heart remain. --Prior.

5. To entomb; to bury. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Lie full low, graved in the hollow ground. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

-grave \-grave\ A final syllable signifying a ruler, as in landgrave, margrave. See {Margrave.}

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Grave \Grave\, verb (used with an object) (Naut.) To clean, as a vessel's bottom, of barnacles, grass, etc., and pay it over with pitch; -- so called because graves or greaves was formerly used for this purpose.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Grave \Grave\, adjective [Compar. {Graver} (gr[=a]v"[~e]r); superl. {Gravest.}] [F., fr. L. gravis heavy; cf. It. & Sp. grave heavy, grave. See {Grief.}]

1. Of great weight; heavy; ponderous. [Obs.]

His shield grave and great. --Chapman.

2. Of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate; serious; -- said of character, relations, etc.; as, grave deportment, character, influence, etc.

Most potent, grave, and reverend seigniors. --Shak.

A grave and prudent law, full of moral equity. --Milton.

3. Not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color; a grave face.

4. (Mus.) (a) Not acute or sharp; low; deep; -- said of sound; as, a grave note or key.

The thicker the cord or string, the more grave is the note or tone. --Moore (Encyc. of Music). (b) Slow and solemn in movement.

{Grave accent}. (Pron.) See the Note under {Accent}, noun, 2.

Syn: Solemn; sober; serious; sage; staid; demure; thoughtful; sedate; weighty; momentous; important.

Usage: {Grave}, {Sober}, {Serious}, {Solemn.} Sober supposes the absence of all exhilaration of spirits, and is opposed to gay or flighty; as, sober thought. Serious implies considerateness or reflection, and is opposed to jocose or sportive; as, serious and important concerns. Grave denotes a state of mind, appearance, etc., which results from the pressure of weighty interests, and is opposed to hilarity of feeling or vivacity of manner; as, a qrave remark; qrave attire. Solemn is applied to a case in which gravity is carried to its highest point; as, a solemn admonition; a solemn promise.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Grave \Grave\, verb (used without an object) To write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Grave \Grave\, noun [AS. gr?f, fr. grafan to dig; akin to D. & OS. graf, G. grab, Icel. gr["o]f, Russ. grob' grave, coffin. See {Grave} to carve.] An excavation in the earth as a place of burial; also, any place of interment; a tomb; a sepulcher. Hence: Death; destruction.

He bad lain in the grave four days. --John xi. 17.

{Grave wax}, adipocere.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

grave

adjective

1: dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence" [syn: {grave}, {sedate}, {sober}, {solemn}]

2: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease" [syn: {dangerous}, {grave}, {grievous}, {serious}, {severe}, {life-threatening}]

3: of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought; "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters of state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference" [syn: {grave}, {grievous}, {heavy}, {weighty}]

noun

1: death of a person; "he went to his grave without forgiving me"; "from cradle to grave"

2: a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone); "he put flowers on his mother's grave" [syn: {grave}, {tomb}]

3: a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation [syn: {grave accent}, {grave}]

verb

1: shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it; "She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband" [syn: {sculpt}, {sculpture}, {grave}]

2: carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface; "engrave a pen"; "engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's"; "the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree" [syn: {scratch}, {engrave}, {grave}, {inscribe}]

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