gray vs hoary what difference

what is difference between gray and hoary

English

Alternative forms

  • grey (used in the UK and the Commonwealth and also in the US)

Etymology 1

From grey.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: grā, IPA(key): /ɡɹeɪ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪ
  • Homophones: grey, greige

Adjective

gray (comparative grayer or more gray, superlative grayest or most gray)

  1. Having a color somewhere between white and black, as the ash of an ember.
  2. Dreary, gloomy.
    • 1980, Daniel C. Gerould, Stanisław I. Witkiewicz, The Beelzebub Sonata: Plays, Essays, Documents
      the era of gray, boring banality and stagnation
  3. Having an indistinct, disputed or uncertain quality.
  4. Gray-haired.
  5. Old.
    • 2004, Betty Berzon, Permanent Partners: Building Gay & Lesbian Relationships That Last (page 20)
      In a subculture that idealizes youth, being gay and gray does not exactly make one a hot ticket. Older gays and lesbians often relegate themselves to separate and unequal meeting places.
  6. Relating to older people.
    • February 8, 1800, Fisher Ames, Eulogy on Washington
      Gray experience listened to his counsels with respect, and, at a time when youth is almost privileged to be rash, Virginia committed the safety of her frontier, and ultimately the safety of America, not merely to his valor,—for that would be scarcely praise,—but to his prudence.
Derived terms
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Verb

gray (third-person singular simple present grays, present participle graying, simple past and past participle grayed)

  1. To become gray.
  2. To cause to become gray.
  3. (demography, slang) To turn progressively older, alluding to graying of hair through aging (used in context of the population of a geographic region)
  4. (transitive, photography) To give a soft effect to (a photograph) by covering the negative while printing with a ground-glass plate.
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Noun

gray (plural grays)

  1. An achromatic colour intermediate between black and white.
  2. An animal or thing of grey colour, such as a horse, badger, or salmon.
  3. (chiefly US, ufology) an extraterrestrial humanoid with grayish skin, bulbous black eyes, and an enlarged head.
  4. (US, two-up) A penny with a tail on both sides, used for cheating.
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Etymology 2

Named after English physicist Louis Harold Gray (1905–1965).

Noun

gray (plural grays)

  1. In the International System of Units, the derived unit of absorbed dose of radiation (radiation absorbed by a patient); one joule of energy absorbed per kilogram of the patient’s mass. Symbol: Gy
    Coordinate term: rad
Derived terms
  • kilogray
Translations
Further reading
  • gray (unit) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • Gary, Yarg, gyra, yarg

Czech

Noun

gray m

  1. gray (unit of absorbed radiation)

Further reading

  • gray in Akademický slovník cizích slov, 1995, at prirucka.ujc.cas.cz

Finnish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡrei̯/, [ˈɡre̞i̯]

Noun

gray

  1. gray (SI unit)

Declension


French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡʁɛj/

Noun

gray m (plural grays)

  1. gray (SI unit)

Portuguese

Etymology 1

Noun

gray m (plural grays)

  1. (physics) gray (SI unit of absorbed radiation)

Etymology 2

Alternative forms

  • grey

Noun

gray m (plural grays)

  1. (ufology) gray (one of a race of evil, short extraterrestrial beings)

Swedish

Noun

gray c

  1. gray (SI unit)


English

Etymology

hoar +‎ -y.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /hɔː.ɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /hɔɹ.i/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːri
  • Homophone: whorey

Adjective

hoary (comparative hoarier, superlative hoariest)

  1. White, whitish, or greyish-white.
  2. White or grey with age.
  3. (zoology) Of a pale silvery grey.
  4. (botany) Covered with short, dense, greyish white hairs; canescent.
  5. (obsolete) Remote in time past.
  6. (obsolete) Moldy; mossy; musty.
  7. Old or old-fashioned; trite.

Synonyms

  • (whitish, greyish-white): albescent, griseous, whity
  • (white or grey with age): grey-haired, grizzled, grizzly, silver-haired, silvery-haired, white-haired; see also Thesaurus:elderly
  • (old): aged, ancient, olden; see also Thesaurus:old
  • (botany: covered with greyish-white hairs): canescent
  • (remote in time past): bygone, foregone; see also Thesaurus:past

Derived terms

  • hoarily
  • hoariness

Related terms

  • hoar

Translations

Anagrams

  • Yahor

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