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Definition of graver

2 : any of various cutting or shaving tools used in graving or in hand metal-turning

Examples of graver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The consequences of these oversights become much graver and potentially life-threatening. Lewis Liu, Forbes, 9 June 2022 An even graver shortcoming is successful realpolitik relies on your opponent being rational. Marcus Mabry, CNN, 3 Mar. 2022 Those deeply involved in Hollywood’s economic relationship with China grew quiet too, worried not only about losing their business but also about graver consequences: being called in for questioning, getting thrown out of the country, disappearing. Erich Schwartzel, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2022 But Pyongyang has refined shorter-range technology that pose graver threats to neighbors in South Korea and Japan. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 In a speech last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland urged his critics to be patient, noting that federal conspiracy investigations typically start with the lesser allegations and work their way toward graver charges. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Climate change poses an even graver threat to public safety. WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 Paperwork errors and self-checkout machines are both far graver threats to inventory management. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 23 Dec. 2021 On that day, anxiety over the virus lingered but the graver peril and uncertainty around what would become of Afghanistan after the US withdrawal of troops felt comparatively distant., 21 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of graver

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for graver

Middle English

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20 Jun 2022

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“Graver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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