- 1A place of burial for a dead body, typically a hole dug in the ground and marked by a stone or mound: the coffin was lowered into the graveMore example sentences
- With the other executed rebels, his body was put into a mass grave with no coffin.
- Most of the missing are believed to be buried in mass graves, and several mass grave sites have already been found and exhumed.
- Marking graves with stones was one of the characteristics that continued through centuries and religions.
- 1.1 (the grave) Used as an allusive term for death: life beyond the graveMore example sentences
- It is often at the graveside that people's ears and hearts strain to hear a word that carries beyond death and the grave.
- They have made a covenant with Death and the grave.
- He had no hope beyond the grave; he mocked at death; he was in his seventy-seventh year.
- 1.2A place where a broken piece of machinery or other discarded object lies: lift the aircraft from its watery graveMore example sentences
- In the Seetalsee across the border in Austria a further £500m in ingots is said to repose in a watery grave.
- Even a minute crack on the submarine's surface can lead to a watery grave.
- Apparently not; the painstakingly hand-tended wooden form of my Jordan 193 now lies in a watery grave in the river at a former factory site.
dig one's own grave
- Do something foolish that causes one to fail or be ruined.More example sentences
- Like the smoker, you dug your own grave - deal with it.
- If I were an optimist, I would suspect that the Democrats are digging their own grave.
- It is a classic example of one digging one's own grave - to put it in simple language that a common man can understand.
(as) silent (or quiet) as the grave
- Extremely quiet.More example sentences
- We knew who they were of course, and they were aware of our arrival but they passed on towards the Pontoon and Massbrook silent as the grave.
- Three vans race to the scene but when we arrive it's as quiet as the grave.
- ‘It sure is silent as the grave around here,’ Christian whispered as Eva drew open the wooden gate.
take the (or one's, etc.) secret to the grave
- Die without revealing a secret.More example sentences
- But Margaret took her secret to the grave, dying in 1993 after a series of strokes.
- The barber told me the secret of Man-Mur, and I swore that I would take the secret to the grave, so I cannot reveal it to you, dear readers.
- Only you and I know about it, and I'll take the secret to the grave.
turn (also turn over) in one's grave
- Used to express the opinion that something would have caused anger or distress to someone who is now dead: Bach must be turning in his grave at the vulgarities of the twentieth centuryMore example sentences
- It is enough to have old school amateurs turning in their grave.
- ‘Shakespeare would definitely be insulted and Chaplin would definitely be turning in his grave,’ he says.
- Lord Armstrong must have been turning in his grave.
Old English græf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch graf and German Grab.
- 1Giving cause for alarm; serious: a matter of grave concernMore example sentences
- As we have seen, those structures can distance and muffle even the pleas of parents who are concerned about grave danger to their children.
- Referring to the situation in the state the statement expressed grave concern over the continuing violence by the insurgents.
- Furthermore, the conviction of a registered medical practitioner for offences of violence is a matter of grave concern.
- 1.1Serious or solemn in manner or appearance; somber: his face was graveMore example sentences
- And their teacher: he's a tall, very urbane and rather natty man, with a grave manner.
- So they hem and haw and appear ever so grave and thoughtful.
- She started walking down the small hallway towards the kitchen and her parents looked at her in a grave manner.
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- /also gräv/ another term for grave accent.More example sentences
- However the problem I am faced with that the string literal \u00c0 is written to file rather than the character À (A with a grave) which is what the octal string relates to.
- This produces the "e" with a grave.
- Does a look-up table exist that matches whole range of such non-English letters with their nearest-looking English equivalents? I'm thinking o and u umlaut, c and s cedilla, o circumflex, Turkish g and undotted-i, Scandinavian o with a line through it, Spanish n, e with a grave and acute, accented a, the diphthongs.
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- Consumers are gravely in need of serious protection from corporate thieves.
- Sometimes mistakes of fact can have very serious consequences that are gravely unjust to the parties.
- This is something that the court must look at most gravely.
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- A National Statistical Office report testifies to the graveness of the situation.
- ‘Now young man,’ he began anxiously and continued on in graveness, ‘if you release Dawn right now, then we promise we won't press charges.
- But the graveness of his tone was what set her aback.
late 15th century (originally of a wound in the sense 'severe, serious'): from Old French grave or Latin gravis 'heavy, serious'.
verb (past participle graven /ˈgrāvən/ or graved)[with object] • archaic
- 1Engrave (an inscription or image) on a surface.More example sentences
- There is no reason to suppose that history is at an end, that the current structures of authority and domination are graven in stone.
- In the middle of the lawn was a basin of whitest marble, graven with marvellous art.
- Graven in its surface is a lightening bolt, a cloud shedding rain, the crescent moon, the all seeing eye.
- 1.1 • literary Fix (something) indelibly in the mind: the times are graven on my memoryMore example sentences
- The communion of that hour will be graven on my memory while life shall last.
- Those final words of certainty are graven in my mind.
- The scene when Dink falls in love is graven on my memory forever.
verb[with object] • historical
- Clean (a ship’s bottom) by burning off the accretions and then tarring it.More example sentences
- They are graved, i.e., a surface layer of oxidation has been scratched away.
- At the outbreak of the Second World War the port, with its large graving and floating docks, became a naval base and later an Admiralty dockyard.
- After a period of time in Ternate, she left and sailed southward of the Celebes where they stopped at an island and graved the ship for 26 days.
late Middle English: perhaps from French dialect grave, variant of Old French greve 'shore' (because originally the ship would have been run aground).
adverb & adjectiveMusic
- (As a direction) slowly; with solemnity.More example sentences
- After a half dozen bars of a vigorous Vivace there comes a deeply felt Grave movement.
- The Sonata No. 2 in A minor begins solemnly with the Grave movement.
- Nevertheless, Corelli's own concerti grossi probably inspired the very original "Quis hic?" suite, though no one other than Muffat could imagine those expressive rests in the Grave movement.