Definition of gravid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡravəd/


1 technical Pregnant; carrying eggs or young.
Example sentences
  • This was a large-scale, anatomical publication filled with high-quality engravings of the gravid, or pregnant, uterus.
  • In addition to concerns about the difficulty of making a prompt and accurate diagnosis, the displacement of the appendix by the gravid uterus has resulted in controversy about the optimal site of abdominal incision for appendectomy.
  • Studies have shown a similar incidence of major depressive episodes in matched gravid and nongravid women, so pregnancy appears to have neither a protective nor a detrimental effect.
2Full of meaning or a specified quality: the scene is gravid with unease
More example sentences
  • His timing was bad: the Warwick agreement, gravid with promise, had just been signed.
  • One word can be so gravid with meaning that it could ignite the outrage of citizens, the deployment of troops, the legal obligation of action.
  • Music seems gravid with meaning. We talk not solely of a person's enjoying music but of his understanding or misunderstanding it.


Late 16th century: from Latin gravidus 'laden, pregnant', from gravis 'heavy'.

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