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Adjective: gray (grayer,grayest)  grey
Usage: US (elsewhere: grey)
  1. Of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black
    "gray flannel suit";
    - grey [Brit, Cdn], greyish [Brit, Cdn], grayish [US]
  2. Showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
    "whose beard with age is gray";
    - grey [Brit, Cdn], grey-haired [Brit, Cdn], gray-haired [US], grey-headed [Brit, Cdn], gray-headed [US], grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-haired
  3. Used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms)
    "a stalwart gray figure";
    - grey [Brit, Cdn]
  4. Intermediate in character or position
    "a gray area between clearly legal and strictly illegal";
    - grey [Brit, Cdn]
Noun: gray  grey
Usage: US (elsewhere: grey)
  1. A neutral achromatic color midway between white and black
    - grayness [US], grey [Brit, Cdn], greyness [Brit, Cdn]
  2. Clothing that is a gray color
    "he was dressed in gray";
    - grey [Brit, Cdn]
  3. Any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey
    "the Confederate army was a vast gray";
    - grey [Brit, Cdn]
  4. Horse of a light gray or whitish color
    - grey [Brit, Cdn]
  5. 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
    - Gy, grey [Brit, Cdn]
Verb: gray  grey
Usage: US (elsewhere: grey)
  1. Make grey
    "The painter decided to gray the sky";
    - grey [Brit, Cdn]
  2. Turn grey
    "Her hair began to gray";
    - grey [Brit, Cdn]
Noun: Gray  grey
  1. English poet best known for his elegy written in a country churchyard (1716-1771)
    - Thomas Gray
  2. English radiobiologist in whose honor the gray (the SI unit of energy for the absorbed dose of radiation) was named (1905-1965)
    - Louis Harold Gray
  3. American navigator who twice circumnavigated the globe and who discovered the Columbia River (1755-1806)
    - Robert Gray
  4. United States botanist who specialized in North American flora and who was an early supporter of Darwin's theories of evolution (1810-1888)
    - Asa Gray

Derived forms: grays, graying, grayest, grayer, grayed

See also: achromatic, intermediate, neutral, old, southern

Type of: achromatic color [US], achromatic colour [Brit, Cdn], article of clothing, botanist, clothing, color [US], color in [US], colorise [Brit], colorize [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], colour in [Brit, Cdn], colourise [Brit], colourize [Brit, Cdn], discolor [US], discolour [Brit, Cdn], duds [informal], habiliment [archaic], mount, navigator, organisation [Brit], organization, phytologist, plant scientist, poet, radioactivity unit, radiobiologist, riding horse, saddle horse, threads [informal], togs [informal], vesture, wear, wearable

Encyclopedia: Gray, Martha