gray

Because the color gray is between black and white — actually a mix of the two — it is often used to denote something dull or monotonous. When the sun comes out after a long stretch of gray days, you suddenly feel alive again. Everybody to the beach!

You might feel old when you see your gray hairs, but I think they make you look wise and distinguished. Because gray is dull and indistinct, you can refer to something not quite clear as being "in a gray area." You often find some gray area between right and wrong . . . especially when you are accused of doing something wrong. Don’t worry about the British spelling "grey": it’s interchangeable with the American English spelling.

Primary Meanings of gray

1.
adjnv
of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black
a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black
make grey
2.
nadj
clothing that is a grey color
used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms)
3.
adj
showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
4.
n
horse of a light gray or whitish color
5.
n
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
Full Definitions of gray
1

adj of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black

gray flannel suit”
Synonyms:
grayish, grey, greyish
achromatic, neutral
having no hue

n a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black

Synonyms:
grayness, grey, greyness
Types:
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ash gray, ash grey, silver, silver gray, silver grey
a light shade of grey
charcoal, charcoal gray, charcoal grey, oxford gray, oxford grey
a very dark grey color
dapple-gray, dapple-grey, dappled-gray, dappled-grey
grey with a mottled pattern of darker grey markings
iron-gray, iron-grey
the color of freshly broken cast iron
tattletale gray, tattletale grey
a greyish white
Davy's gray, Davy's grey, iron blue, steel gray, steel grey
slightly purplish or bluish dark grey
Type of:
achromatic color, achromatic colour
a color lacking hue; white or grey or black

v make grey

Synonyms:
grey
Type of:
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize
add color to

v turn grey

Synonyms:
grey
Type of:
color, colour, discolor, discolour
change color, often in an undesired manner
2

n clothing that is a grey color

Synonyms:
grey
Type of:
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

n any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey

Synonyms:
grey
Types:
Army of the Confederacy, Confederate Army
the southern army during the American Civil War
Type of:
organisation, organization
a group of people who work together

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

Synonyms:
grey
southern
in or characteristic of a region of the United States south of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line
3

adj showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

Synonyms:
gray-haired, gray-headed, grey, grey-haired, grey-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-haired
old
(used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age

adj intermediate in character or position

Synonyms:
grey
intermediate
lying between two extremes in time or space or state
4

n horse of a light gray or whitish color

Synonyms:
grey
Type of:
mount, riding horse, saddle horse
a lightweight horse kept for riding only
5

n 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

Synonyms:
Gy
Type of:
radioactivity unit
a measure of radioactivity

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