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

Gross \Gross\, adjective [Compar. {Grosser}; superl. {Grossest}.] [F. gros, L. grossus, perh. fr. L. crassus thick, dense, fat, E. crass, cf. Skr. grathita tied together, wound up, hardened. Cf. {Engross}, {Grocer}, {Grogram}.]

1. Great; large; bulky; fat; of huge size; excessively large. "A gross fat man." --Shak.

A gross body of horse under the Duke. --Milton.

2. Coarse; rough; not fine or delicate.

3. Not easily aroused or excited; not sensitive in perception or feeling; dull; witless.

Tell her of things that no gross ear can hear. --Milton.

4. Expressing, or originating in, animal or sensual appetites; hence, coarse, vulgar, low, obscene, or impure.

The terms which are delicate in one age become gross in the next. --Macaulay.

5. Hence: Disgusting; repulsive; highly offensive; as, a gross remark. [PJC]

6. Thick; dense; not attenuated; as, a gross medium.

7. Great; palpable; serious; vagrant; shameful; as, a gross mistake; gross injustice; gross negligence.

8. Whole; entire; total; without deduction; as, the gross sum, or gross amount, the gross weight; -- opposed to {net.}

{Gross adventure} (Law) the loan of money upon bottomry, i. e., on a mortgage of a ship.

{Gross average} (Law), that kind of average which falls upon the gross or entire amount of ship, cargo, and freight; -- commonly called {general average}. --Bouvier. --Burrill.

{Gross receipts}, the total of the receipts, before they are diminished by any deduction, as for expenses; -- distinguished from net profits. --Abbott.

{Gross weight} the total weight of merchandise or goods, without deduction for tare, tret, or waste; -- distinguished from {neat weight}, or {net weight}.

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

Gross \Gross\, noun [F. gros (in sense 1), grosse (in sense 2). See {Gross}, adjective]

1. The main body; the chief part, bulk, or mass. "The gross of the enemy." --Addison.

For the gross of the people, they are considered as a mere herd of cattle. --Burke.

2. sing. & pl. The number of twelve dozen; twelve times twelve; as, a gross of bottles; ten gross of pens.

{Advowson in gross} (Law), an advowson belonging to a person, and not to a manor.

{A great gross}, twelve gross; one hundred and forty-four dozen.

{By the gross}, by the quantity; at wholesale.

{Common in gross}. (Law) See under {Common}, noun

{In the gross}, {In gross}, in the bulk, or the undivided whole; all parts taken together.

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



1: before any deductions; "gross income" [ant: {net}, {nett}]

2: lacking fine distinctions or detail; "the gross details of the structure appear reasonable"

3: repellently fat; "a bald porcine old man" [syn: {gross}, {porcine}]

4: visible to the naked eye (especially of rocks and anatomical features) [syn: {megascopic}, {gross}]

5: without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth" [syn: {arrant(a)}, {complete(a)}, {consummate(a)}, {double-dyed(a)}, {everlasting(a)}, {gross(a)}, {perfect(a)}, {pure(a)}, {sodding(a)}, {stark(a)}, {staring(a)}, {thoroughgoing(a)}, {utter(a)}, {unadulterated}]

6: conspicuously and tastelessly indecent; "coarse language"; "a crude joke"; "crude behavior"; "an earthy sense of humor"; "a revoltingly gross expletive"; "a vulgar gesture"; "full of language so vulgar it should have been edited" [syn: {crude}, {earthy}, {gross}, {vulgar}]

7: conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery" [syn: {crying(a)}, {egregious}, {flagrant}, {glaring}, {gross}, {rank}]


1: twelve dozen [syn: {gross}, {144}]

2: the entire amount of income before any deductions are made [syn: {gross}, {revenue}, {receipts}]


1: earn before taxes, expenses, etc.

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