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gross

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adjective \ˈgrōs\

Definition of gross

  1. 1a archaic :  immediately obviousb (1) :  glaringly noticeable usually because of inexcusable badness or objectionableness a gross error (2) :  out-and-out, utter a gross injusticec :  visible without the aid of a microscope a gross lesion

  2. 2a :  big, bulky; especially :  excessively fatb :  growing or spreading with excessive luxuriance a gross riot of vegetation

  3. 3a :  of, relating to, or dealing with general aspects or broad distinctions a gross outline of the planb :  consisting of an overall total exclusive of deductions gross income — compare net

  4. 4 :  made up of material or perceptible elements

  5. 5 archaic :  not fastidious in taste :  undiscriminating

  6. 6a :  coarse in nature or behavior :  unrefined has gross table mannersb :  gravely deficient in civility or decency :  crudely vulgar merely gross, a scatological rather than a pornographic impropriety — Aldous Huxleyc :  inspiring disgust or distaste that sandwich looks gross

  7. 7 :  deficient in knowledge :  ignorant, untutored

grossly

adverb

grossness

noun

Examples of gross in a sentence

  1. They have suffered a gross injustice.

  2. She has a gross habit of chewing on the ends of her hair.

Origin and Etymology of gross

Middle English grosse, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French gros large, thick, whole, from Late Latin grossus coarse


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of gross

coarse, vulgar, gross, obscene, ribald mean offensive to good taste or morals. coarse implies roughness, rudeness, or crudeness of spirit, behavior, or language found the coarse humor of coworkers offensive. vulgar often implies boorishness or ill-breeding a loud vulgar belch. gross implies extreme coarseness and insensitiveness gross eating habits. obscene applies to anything strongly repulsive to the sense of decency and propriety especially in sexual matters obscene language not allowed on the air. ribald applies to what is amusingly or picturesquely vulgar or irreverent or mildly indecent entertained the campers with ribald folk songs.

flagrant, glaring, gross, rank mean conspicuously bad or objectionable. flagrant applies usually to offenses or errors so bad that they can neither escape notice nor be condoned flagrant abuse of the office of president. glaring implies painful or damaging obtrusiveness of something that is conspicuously wrong, faulty, or improper glaring errors. gross implies the exceeding of reasonable or excusable limits gross carelessness. rank applies to what is openly and extremely objectionable and utterly condemned rank heresy.

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gross

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Definition of gross

  1. 1 obsolete :  amount, sum

  2. 2 :  overall total exclusive of deductions The company's gross doubled in five years.

Origin and Etymology of gross

see 1gross


First Known Use: 1579


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gross

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Definition of gross

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to earn or bring in (an overall total) exclusive of deductions (as for taxes or expenses) The movie grossed over 100 million dollars.

grosser

noun

Examples of gross in a sentence

  1. They grossed $50,000 before taxes.

Origin and Etymology of gross

see 1gross


First Known Use: 1884


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gross

noun

Definition of gross

plural

gross

  1. :  an aggregate of 12 dozen things a gross of pencils

Origin and Etymology of gross

Middle English gros, probably from Anglo-French grosse sum, whole, from feminine of gros


First Known Use: 14th century


Gross

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biographical name \ˈgrōs\

Definition of Gross

  1. David J(onathan) 1941–     American physicist


GROSS Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective \ˈgrōs\

Definition of gross for English Language Learners

  • : very obvious or noticeable

  • : rude or offensive

  • : very disgusting


GROSS Defined for Kids

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adjective \ˈgrōs\

Definition of gross for Students

grosser

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grossest

  1. 1 :  noticeably bad :  glaring a gross error

  2. 2 :  disgusting a gross habit

  3. 3 :  consisting of a whole before anything is subtracted gross earnings

  4. 4 :  showing poor manners :  vulgar


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noun

Definition of gross for Students

  1. :  the whole before anything is deducted


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Definition of gross for Students

plural

gross

  1. :  twelve dozen


Medical Dictionary

gross

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adjective \ˈgrōs\

Medical Definition of gross

  1. 1a:  glaringly or flagrantly obviousb:  visible without the aid of a microscope :  macroscopic gross lesions—compare occult

  2. 2:  growing or spreading with excessive or abnormal luxuriance

  3. 3:  of, relating to, or dealing with general aspects or broad distinctions important to understand the gross behavior of the sexually responding animal—A. C. Kinsey

grossly

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Law Dictionary

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gross

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adjective \ˈgrōs\

Legal Definition of gross

  1. 1 :  flagrant or extreme especially in badness or offensiveness :  of very blameworthy character a gross violation of the rules of ethics a gross abuse of trust

  2. 2 :  consisting of an overall total exclusive of deductions gross annual earnings — compare net

grossly

adverb

grossness

noun

Origin and Etymology of gross

Middle English, immediately obvious, from Middle French gros thick, coarse, from Latin grossus


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gross

noun

Legal Definition of gross

  1. :  overall total exclusive of deductions

in gross

  1. 1 :  as a lump sum — see also lump sum alimony at alimony

  2. 2 :  independently existing, belonging to a person, and not attached to land — see also easement in gross at easement


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gross

transitive verb

Legal Definition of gross

  1. :  to earn or bring in (an overall total) exclusive of deductions (as for taxes or expenses)



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