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gross / grōs/ • adj. 1. unattractively large or bloated: I feel fat, gross—even my legs feel flabby. ∎  large-scale; not fine or detailed: at the gross anatomical level. ∎  complete; blatant: a gross exaggeration. ∎  vulgar; unrefined: the duties we felt called upon to perform toward our inferiors were only gross, material ones. ∎ inf. very unpleasant; repulsive: it's disgusting and gross, but it's a fact. 2. (of income, profit, or interest) without deduction of tax or other contributions; total: the gross amount of the gift was $1,000 the current rate of interest is about 6.1 percent gross. Often contrasted with net2 (sense 1). ∎  (of weight) including all contents, fittings, wrappings, or other variable items; overall: a projected gross takeoff weight of 500,000 pounds. ∎  (of a score in golf) as actually played, without taking handicap into account. • adv. without tax or other contributions having been deducted. • v. [tr.] produce or earn (an amount of money) as gross profit or income: the film went on to gross $8 million in the U.S. • n. 1. (pl. same) an amount equal to twelve dozen; 144: fifty-five gross of tins of processed milk. 2. (pl. gross·es ) a gross profit or income: the box-office grosses mounted. PHRASES: by the gross fig. in large numbers or amounts: impoverished Mexicans who were arrested here by the gross.PHRASAL VERBS: gross someone out inf. disgust someone, typically with repulsive or obscene behavior or appearance.DERIVATIVES: gross·ly adv. Freda was grossly overweight. gross·ness n. ORIGIN: Middle English (in the sense ‘thick, massive, bulky’): from Old French gros, grosse ‘large,’ from late Latin grossus.

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GROSS

Great; culpable; general; absolute. A thing in gross exists in its own right, and not as an appendage to another thing. Before or without diminution or deduction. Whole; entire; total; as in the gross sum, amount, weight—as opposed to net. Not adjusted or reduced by deductions or subtractions.

Out of all measure; beyond allowance; flagrant; shameful; as a gross dereliction of duty, a gross injustice, gross carelessness ornegligence. Such conduct as is not to be excused.

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gross2 Late ME. groos (XIV) became common first in XV in senses ‘large, bulky’ (now obs. or dial.), †‘palpable, obvious’, †‘dense, thick’, ‘coarse’, ‘concerned with large masses’, — (O)F. gros, fem. grosse :- late L. grossus.

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gross1 twelve dozen. XV. — F. grosse, sb. use (sc. douzaine dozen) of fem. of gros great; see next.

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gross, grosse (Ger.). Great, large. grösser, greater.

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grossadiós, chausses, Close, Davos, dose, engross, gross, Grosz, jocose, morose, Rhos, verbose •grandiose • religiose • otiose •globose • viscose • bellicose • varicose •vorticose • cellulose • lachrymose •lactose • comatose • siliquose

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