gross: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (grōs), [key]
— adj., n., pl. v. -er, -est, gross gross•es
  1. without deductions; total, as the amount of sales, salary, profit, etc., before taking deductions for expenses, taxes, or the like (opposed to net): gross earnings; gross sales.
  2. unqualified; complete; rank: a gross scoundrel.
  3. flagrant and extreme: gross injustice.
  4. indelicate, indecent, obscene, or vulgar: gross remarks.
  5. lacking in refinement, good manners, education, etc.; unrefined.
  6. large, big, or bulky.
  7. extremely or excessively fat.
  8. thick; dense; heavy: gross vegetation.
  9. of or concerning only the broadest or most general considerations, aspects, etc.
  10. extremely objectionable, offensive, or disgusting: He wore an outfit that was absolutely gross.
  1. a group of 12 dozen, or 144, things. Abbr.: gro.
  2. total income from sales, salary, etc., before any deductions (opposed to net).
  3. the main body, bulk, or mass.
  1. to have, make, or earn as a total before any deductions, as of taxes, expenses, etc.: The company grossed over three million dollars last year.
    1. to disgust or offend, esp. by crude language or behavior.
    2. to shock or horrify.


Pronunciation: (grōs), [key]
  1. born 1904, U.S. sculptor and graphic artist, born in Austria.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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