gross

{{11}}gross (adj.) mid-14c., "large;" early 15c., "coarse, plain, simple," from O.Fr. gros "big, thick, fat, tall, pregnant; coarse, rude, awkward; ominous, important; arrogant" (11c.), from L.L. grossus "thick, coarse (of food or mind)," of obscure origin, not in classical Latin. Said to be unrelated to L. crassus, which meant the same thing, or to Ger. gross "large," but said by Klein to be cognate with O.Ir. bres, M.Ir. bras "big." Its meaning forked in English to "glaring, flagrant, monstrous" (1580s) on the one hand and "entire, total, whole" (early 15c.) on the other. Meaning "disgusting" is first recorded 1958 in U.S. student slang, from earlier use as an intensifier of unpleasant things (gross stupidity, etc.). Earlier "coarse in behavior or manners" (1530s) and, of things, "inferior, common" (late 15c.). Gross national product first recorded 1947.
{{12}}gross (n.) "a dozen dozen," early 15c., from O.Fr. grosse douzaine "large dozen;" see GROSS (Cf. gross) (adj.). Earlier as the name of a measure of weight equal to one-eighth of a dram (early 15c.). Sense of "total profit" (opposed to net) is from 1520s.
{{12}}gross (v.) "to earn a total of," 1884, from GROSS (Cf. gross) (n.). Related: Grossed; grossing.

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  • Gross — Gross, a. [Compar. {Grosser}; superl. {Grossest}.] [F. gros, L. grossus, perh. fr. L. crassus thick, dense, fat, E. crass, cf. Skr. grathita tied together, wound up, hardened. Cf. {Engross}, {Grocer}, {Grogram}.] 1. Great; large; bulky; fat; of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gross — Gross, n. [F. gros (in sense 1), grosse (in sense 2). See {Gross}, a.] 1. The main body; the chief part, bulk, or mass. The gross of the enemy. Addison. [1913 Webster] For the gross of the people, they are considered as a mere herd of cattle.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • gross — [grōs] adj. [ME grose < OFr gros, big, thick, coarse < LL grossus, thick] 1. big or fat and coarse looking; corpulent; burly 2. glaring; flagrant; very bad [a gross miscalculation] 3. dense; thick 4. a) lacking fineness, as in texture …   English World dictionary

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  • gross up — To convert a net figure into a gross one for the purpose of tax calculation, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑gross * * * ˌgross ˈup [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they gross up he/she/it …   Useful english dictionary

  • GROSS (M.) — GROSS MICHAEL (1964 ) Surnommé l’«Albatros» en raison des son envergure, le nageur allemand Michael Gross bat douze records du monde au cours de sa carrière. Il remporte trois titres olympiques (200 mètres nage libre et 100 mètres papillon en… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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