Grave, v. t. [imp. Graved p. p. Graven or Graved; p. pr. & vb. n. Graving.]
1. To dig. [Obs.] Chaucer.
He hath graven and digged up a pit. --Ps. vii. 16 (Book of Common Prayer).
2. To carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave.
Thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel. --Ex. xxviii. 9.
3. To carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel; to sculpture; as, to grave an image.
With gold men may the hearte grave. --Chaucer.
4. To impress deeply (on the mind); to fix indelibly.
O! may they graven in thy heart remain. --Prior.
5. To entomb; to bury. [Obs.]
Lie full low, graved in the hollow ground. --Shak.
Grav·en p. p. of Grave, v. t. Carved.
Graven image, an idol; an object of worship carved from wood, stone, etc. “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” --Ex. xx. 4.
adj 1: dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to
keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet
sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn
promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced
sentence" [syn: sedate, sober, solemn]
2: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a
dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave
illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a
serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a
life-threatening disease" [syn: dangerous, grievous, serious,
3: of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious
thought; "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision
in a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters
of state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the
peace conference" [syn: grievous, heavy, weighty]
n 1: death of a person; "he went to his grave without forgiving
me"; "from cradle to grave"
2: a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the
ground and marked by a tombstone); "he put flowers on his
mother's grave" [syn: tomb]
3: a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
[syn: grave accent]
v 1: shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at
it; "She is sculpting the block of marble into an image
of her husband" [syn: sculpt, sculpture]
2: carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface; "engrave a
pen"; "engraved the winner's name onto the trophy cup"
[syn: engrave, inscribe]
adj 1: cut into a desired shape; "graven images"; "sculptured
representations" [syn: sculpted, sculptured]
2: cut or impressed into a surface; "an incised design";
"engraved invitations" [syn: engraved, etched, incised,