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grey

I.adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a black/grey cloud
▪ Black clouds usually mean rain.
battleship grey
black/blue/white/grey smoke
▪ Black smoke poured out of the engine.
brown/blue/grey/green
▪ Both their children have blue eyes.
go grey/white etc
▪ Her hair is starting to go grey.
grey market
grey matter
grey pound
greyBritish English, gray American English
▪ She was about 70, with grey hair.
greyBritish English, gray AmE:
▪ Rain was starting to fall from the grey sky.
light blue/green/grey etc
▪ She had blue eyes and light brown hair.
sb’s blonde/dark/grey etc head (=with blonde etc hair)
▪ I saw my son’s blond head sticking out from the car window.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
area
▪ Nowhere is it easier to blackmail than in the criminal underworld and the grey areas of conduct that surround it.
▪ Human beings can't live on grey areas for ever - unless it enters their soul.
▪ Sometimes a contractual term lies in a grey area between the two.
▪ There are far too many grey areas with endless different interpretations open to every side.
▪ There were grey areas in what she had told him - or rather allowed him to believe.
▪ But outside that grey area Mozart used strokes and dots deliberately for different purposes.
▪ It was in negotiations concerning these core and grey areas that the major use of computers was made.
▪ The judgment leaves a large grey area and much scope for argument.
cloud
▪ Grown men buckle under the fear that these relentless, dancing grey clouds bring.
▪ But the very humiliation of being summoned turned the grey clouds over her veracity into a full thunderstorm.
▪ Though the steady march of grey clouds, a tiny square of blue emerges.
▪ The grey clouds that had prevailed that morning began to break up, promising a fine afternoon.
▪ Wisps of high grey cloud scarcely moved behind the copper beech.
▪ Having mated, grey clouds of females glide to the water, lay their eggs, and die.
▪ Some say the sweat steamed from its back in small grey clouds.
▪ The wind began to pick up strongly; dense grey clouds skidded across the sky.
flannel
▪ In his grey flannels and blue blazer-his full sovereign ring-Bob was the opposite of my father.
▪ Both were wearing grey flannel trousers and pale beige or fawn linen jackets.
▪ He still wore the grey flannel trousers, white shirt and maroon pullover of his school, but his feet were bare.
▪ He was neatly dressed in his grey flannel school suit, as if it was an ordinary day.
▪ Wearing a new sports jacket and grey flannels under his open raincoat.
▪ Lawrence had already changed from his City clothes into a blazer and grey flannels.
▪ Navy gaberdine trousers are reduced from £139 to £79 and grey flannel shirt-dresses from £159 to £99.
▪ The very unattractive grey flannel trousers, who could guess at the legs they hid?
hair
▪ But be careful, too much powder can make you look like an old granny with grey hair!
▪ They were dressed in smart charcoal grey suits and had dark grey hair.
▪ She dealt with a stray wisp of grey hair and pushed her hairpins firmly into place.
▪ Perhaps I just imagined hearing her moaning a little in the night, and shaking splinters of glass out of her long grey hair.
▪ The man who emerged was in his late fifties with short grey hair and round, wire-framed glasses.
▪ Some were real scrambles and gave me hundreds of grey hairs.
▪ This has ensured that the video is up to date, as well as giving me a few more grey hairs!
light
▪ As they approach London they let down through the shining white floor of cloud into a dull grey light.
▪ They left the prison building in the grey light of dawn.
▪ Through the curtains a soft grey light is creeping.
▪ Sickness and pride, in the grey light of day, were set in his unchanging face like a mask.
▪ There was a grey light and the grass was wet with dew.
▪ A cold grey light made its way round the corners of the curtains and trickled into the room.
▪ The roads were empty in the grey light, and she jumped traffic lights, making smart time.
▪ Soon the youngest son emerged into the grey light of the winter land and came silently towards the totem.
man
▪ The little grey man and the living-room.
▪ A grey man, thought Shamlou.
▪ A takeover was under way by the grey men and the only ones who survived it were the grey people.
▪ Thinking of them, I remembered the sad grey men and the sleek lawyers.
▪ An underground company that isn't dominated by the grey men in suits.
▪ He is a grey man in a grey suit.
▪ The grey man scooped them into his briefcase and snapped it shut.
▪ It's her father's fault, say the grey men of north Norfolk.
market
▪ Shares gained up to 24p in grey market trading.
▪ Investment bankers say that grey markets allow short-selling that drives down a new issue's price.
▪ What many merchant-bank objectors most dislike is that a grey market limits their freedom to price an issue as they want.
▪ When Zeneca announced an issue price of 600p, its shares in the grey market shot to 680p.
▪ On yesterday's new grey market, the shares rose from an issue price of 585p to 612p.
matter
▪ She wondered if she could think with what was left of her grey matter.
▪ Engineers have a good helping of functional grey matter with which to devise theories.
▪ Some of that climber's grey matter has been revived and placed into a robot-climbing machine.
▪ Could there be a more splendid way to get the grey matter working?
▪ It just requires a little time and activity from the old grey matter.
▪ While away those dark winter evenings and exercise the grey matter at the same time!
▪ More grey matter, more grey suits, more grey faces.
sky
▪ We saw dead volcanic lakes, grey under the grey sky.
▪ Beyond the police cars and their orange barrier, smoke veined with flames smudged the grey sky.
▪ Pouring rain and flat grey sky outside.
▪ The rain stops and the grey skies begin to clear.
▪ There was no definite horizon line and the castle seemed to be hanging in the grey sky like a mirage.
▪ A monochrome landscape, grey under a low grey sky, its horizons blurred by a grey haze.
▪ The countryside looked like some vision of hell; white, silent fields and black trees against a grey sky.
▪ The towers of Manhattan seemed almost to be touching the cold grey sky.
slate
▪ There was another Bentley outside the grey slate Gothic place with a smart yellow Cortina snuggling up against it.
▪ The pink brick and grey slate was catching the dying rays of the sun.
▪ It had a grey slate roof and one small chimney, and there were two little windows at the front.
▪ A white cottage with a grey slate roof and a black chimney and a bright butter-yellow front door.
▪ The grey slates and shales of the Silurian rock are obvious as you walk.
squirrel
▪ In the woodland or amongst the ivy, grey squirrels are often found.
▪ Poisoned wheat is put inside the holder which is designed to let in grey squirrels and exclude other small mammals.
▪ Since grey squirrels are bigger than red squirrels, many of the male reds have stopped reproducing.
▪ There was a grey squirrel nipping up and down a hazel tree near the stream.
▪ The study claims that red squirrels have survived alongside grey squirrels for decades in forests in Norfolk and Staffordshire.
▪ A grey squirrel, spry after its winter sleep, startled Ben by scampering across his path.
▪ And Sophia said she had a grey squirrel fur coat too.
▪ However, in some situations, grey squirrels seem to rely on spatial memory to retrieve nuts.
stone
▪ Behind a grey stone wall lay a little pool.
▪ Nicholson looked up at the grey stone building.
▪ Somewhere in the middle lay the depression of grey stone houses.
▪ I found an round grey stone, striped with white, but Dad said it was too small.
▪ Opposite, the fields of the abbey stretched to its grey stone walls.
▪ A large grey stone mansion, surrounded by rhododendrons.
▪ A three-storeyed neo-classical frontage of immense length, the ground level is in grey stone, the upper storeys in pale ochre.
▪ A massive, grey stone Victorian building, it housed over 1600 inmates, twice its allotted amount.
suit
▪ They were dressed in smart charcoal grey suits and had dark grey hair.
▪ I put on a dark grey suit with a fine stripe, a grey woollen tie and a soft white shirt.
▪ The passenger was a short fat man in a grey suit.
▪ Then, at lunchtime, Mrs Thatcher met a group of the so-called men in grey suits.
▪ Dressed in a smart, grey suit and black tie, the former Beatle looked very happy.
▪ She wore her corsage of violets and primroses pinned to the lapel of her grey suit.
▪ One definitely has a grey suit underneath, and the other is probably the same.
▪ An everyday grey suit cost me twelve pounds.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
men in (grey) suits
▪ An underground company that isn't dominated by the grey men in suits.
▪ And so did the other half-dozen men in suits standing around, fingering the silky negligees.
▪ Armies of worried men in suits stormed off the Lexington Avenue subway line and marched down the crooked pavements.
▪ For the rest, we saw only tyrants, technology and men in suits.
▪ Looking out, she saw men in suits getting into the medium-sized cars.
▪ Nor was she forced out by the men in grey suits - though intrigue played a major role.
▪ Then, at lunchtime, Mrs Thatcher met a group of the so-called men in grey suits.
▪ When he asked for Hugh Sixsmith at the desk, two men in suits climbed quickly from their chairs.
slate blue/grey
▪ By flaking off successive layers, the tree displays a bark of beige, cinnamon, lime green and slate blue.
▪ Immature has tail brown but throat white, with most of bill slate blue.
▪ Matching long-line briefs, £19, s, m, l, Also in classic navy and slate grey.
▪ Most remarkably it continued to function under California's midday sun, when it's slate grey shell was too hot hold!
▪ The falls of the flowers are a delicate yellowish green veined with slate blue.
▪ The sky past his profiled head had gone slate blue above a jagged paleness of snow.
▪ They were hard pin-points of slate blue beneath bushy eyebrows.
the grey pound
the greying of sth
▪ Jacob, trim in his dinner-jacket, his dark eyes sparkling darker against the greying of his thick hair.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Conservatives have started to realize that they cannot take the grey vote for granted.
▪ It was a grey winter morning.
▪ the grey power movement in Britain
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A large grey stone mansion, surrounded by rhododendrons.
▪ A takeover was under way by the grey men and the only ones who survived it were the grey people.
▪ By the time he'd finished shifting the chairs, he was wearing grey gloves and a wig.
▪ He went over to the grey shapes that had been silently watching throughout.
▪ Immature grey on head and neck with smaller grey ear tufts.
▪ The grey tenements walled in the space completely.
II.noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Anna Thomson Jane Green, 25, has been slowly going grey since she was 20.
▪ Cool grey was also used to shade the face and hair.
▪ Overhead a seagull circled the treetops, pale feathers shining against the dark grey of a flat sky.
▪ We will watch the pigeons pass from grey to white, suddenly twitched, like a Venetian blind in the other bedroom.
III.verb
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He was a powerfully built man, over six feet tall with sleek black hair greying at the temples.
▪ The dark hair was greying at the sides, but these days some guys do it with a brush.
Wikipedia

Grey (disambiguation)

Grey or gray is a neutral color between black and white.

Grey, gray or grays may also refer to:

Grey (manga)

is a Japanese science fiction manga created by Yoshihisa Tagami that was published in the 1980s.

It was also adapted into an original video animation under the title Grey: Digital Target.

Grey (surname)

Grey (or de Grey) is a surname. It may refer to:

Grey (New Zealand electorate)

Grey is a former parliamentary electorate in the West Coast region of New Zealand.

The electorate of Grey Valley, created for the 1871 general election, was succeeded by the electorate of Greymouth in the 1881 general election, and lasted until 1890. In 1890 the Grey electorate was created, and was abolished in 1919.

Grey

Grey or gray is an intermediate color between black and white. It is a neutral or achromatic color, meaning literally that it is a color "without color". It is the color of a cloud-covered sky, of ash and of lead.

The first recorded use of grey as a color name in the English language was in AD 700. Grey is the dominant spelling in European and Commonwealth English, although gray remained in common usage in the UK until the second half of the 20th century. Gray has been the preferred American spelling since approximately 1825, although grey is an accepted variant.

In Europe and the United States, surveys show that grey is the color most commonly associated with neutrality, conformity, boredom, uncertainty, old age, indifference, and modesty. Only one percent of respondents chose it as their favorite color.

Grey (album)

"Grey" is the fourth studio album by Sandy Lam, released under CBS Records in 1987. To continue the success of her last album in February of the same year, Sandy and her producers focused on the successful elements of her last album and applied onto this album, which introduced Eurodance into Hong Kong. Through this album, Sandy has proved herself not as a one-hit-album wonder, but a determined singer who can always create breakthrough in her albums and performance. "Grey" was released very strategically by CBS Records. They were named Grey Project Phase 1, 2, and 3 respectively. Phase One showed Sandy looking directly at the audience, and the clothing and background was cream-white. Phase One was released in vinyl, cassette tape and CD. Phase Two showed Sandy looking at the audience at the corner of her eye, in which the background and clothing were mainly dark blue and black. Phase Two was released only in vinyl and cassette tapes. In Phase Three, Sandy showed no demand from the audience. She was in stark black and white. Like Phase Two, Phase Three was only released in vinyl and cassette tapes. Phase Three was a 12 inch remix of "Grey" and "Family Man".

The Collaborative International Dictionary

grey

Gray \Gray\ (gr[=a]), a. [Compar. Grayer; superl. Grayest.] [OE. gray, grey, AS. gr[=ae]g, gr[=e]g; akin to D. graauw, OHG. gr[=a]o, G. grau, Dan. graa, Sw. gr[*a], Icel. gr[=a]r.]

  1. any color of neutral hue between white and black; white mixed with black, as the color of pepper and salt, or of ashes, or of hair whitened by age; sometimes, a dark mixed color; as, the soft gray eye of a dove.

    These gray and dun colors may be also produced by mixing whites and blacks.
    --Sir I. Newton.

  2. Gray-haired; gray-headed; of a gray color; hoary.

  3. Old; mature; as, gray experience. -- Ames.

  4. gloomy; dismal.

    Gray antimony (Min.), stibnite.

    Gray buck (Zo["o]l.), the chickara.

    Gray cobalt (Min.), smaltite.

    Gray copper (Min.), tetrahedrite.

    Gray duck (Zo["o]l.), the gadwall; also applied to the female mallard.

    Gray falcon (Zo["o]l.) the peregrine falcon.

    Gray Friar. See Franciscan, and Friar.

    Gray hen (Zo["o]l.), the female of the blackcock or black grouse. See Heath grouse.

    Gray mill or Gray millet (Bot.), a name of several plants of the genus Lithospermum; gromwell.

    Gray mullet (Zo["o]l.) any one of the numerous species of the genus Mugil, or family Mugilid[ae], found both in the Old World and America; as the European species ( Mugilid[ae] capito, and Mugilid[ae] auratus), the American striped mullet ( Mugilid[ae] albula), and the white or silver mullet ( Mugilid[ae] Braziliensis). See Mullet.

    Gray owl (Zo["o]l.), the European tawny or brown owl ( Syrnium aluco). The great gray owl ( Ulula cinerea) inhabits arctic America.

    Gray parrot (Zo["o]l.), an African parrot ( Psittacus erithacus), very commonly domesticated, and noted for its aptness in learning to talk. Also called jako.

    Gray pike. (Zo["o]l.) See Sauger.

    Gray snapper (Zo["o]l.), a Florida fish; the sea lawyer. See Snapper.

    Gray snipe (Zo["o]l.), the dowitcher in winter plumage.

    Gray whale (Zo["o]l.), a rather large and swift whale of the northern Pacific ( Eschrichtius robustus, formerly Rhachianectes glaucus), having short jaws and no dorsal fin. It grows to a length of 50 feet (someimes 60 feet). It was formerly taken in large numbers in the bays of California, and is now rare; -- called also grayback, devilfish, and hardhead. It lives up to 50 or 60 years and adults weigh from 20 to 40 tons.

Wiktionary

grey

  1. (context chiefly British Australian and Canadian alternative in US English) (alternative form of gray English) n. (context chiefly British Australian and Canadian alternative in US English) (alternative form of gray English) v

  2. (context chiefly British Australian and Canadian alternative in US English) (alternative form of gray English)

WordNet

grey

  1. adj. an achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and white; "gray flannel suit"; "hair just turning gray" [syn: gray, grayish, greyish]

  2. showing characteristics of age, especially having gray or white hair; "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge; "nodded his hoary head" [syn: gray, gray-haired, grey-haired, gray-headed, grey-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-haired]

  3. used to signify the Confederate forces in the Civil War (who wore gray uniforms); "a stalwart gray figure" [syn: gray]

  4. intermediate in character or position; "a gray area between clearly legal and strictly illegal" [syn: gray]

  5. darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "a gray rainy afternoon"; "gray clouds"; "the sky was leaden and thick" [syn: dull, gray, leaden]

grey

  1. v. make gray; "The painter decided to grey the sky" [syn: gray]

  2. turn gray; "Her hair began to gray" [syn: gray]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

grey

see gray.

Gazetteer

Usage examples of "grey".

Thence they passed through the desert country of the Ababdeh, and came in sight of a broad grey tract stretching across their path.

Last of all came the two elders, skinny grey Hennis and stout bald Admi, puffing in the hot sun.

By then she was far out on the heaving grey sea, with low-pitched grumbling on her benches, and prayers to Lord Aegir and the Thunderer.

It seemed on, the edge of dissolving into grey ruin with everything else that had been steady aild safe and long established in the castle.

The Airfall is dense dying with life, sighing grey on its fall to dread wind-bottom.

There were several huge police dogs on the lawn, squatting near a pleasant-faced man with a close-cropped grey beard whom I took to be Akeley himself - his own photographer, one might infer from the tube-connected bulb in his right hand.

The Naphthol Blacks will also be found useful in the same way, while the greys from Anthracene Chrome Blacks and the Alizarine blacks are very good and fast.

The Sahara, the landmark, the Americana and the ominous Thunderbird -- a cluster of grey rectangles in the distance, rising out of the cactus.

How does the Ammophila, hovering over the turf and investigating it far and wide, in its search for a grey grub, contrive to discern the precise point in the depth of the subsoil where the larva is slumbering in immobility?

Even Ananke was anxious as they walked into Al Janb, where faulty fresh projections flickered across the buildings and squares like an incipient headache as the sky greyed.

The Twister was covered in a one piece sheath of polished anodised aluminum, the Doctor in a two-piece grey gabardine.

The Via Appia Antica stretched out before him, grey and ancient in the soft lights of its infrequent lamps.

As the result, both women lost their balance and went asprawl on the grey floor.

The lank black hair and deep grey eyes, the haggard expression and nervous manner, the fitful yet keen interest of his visitor were a novel change from the phlegmatic deliberations of the ordinary scientific worker with whom the Bacteriologist chiefly associated.

They were Balbriggan stockings of a dark grey, long and fine, and he examined them, before hanging them up to dry.