[ US /ˈɡɹoʊs/ ]
[ UK /ɡɹˈə‍ʊs/ ]
  1. the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
  2. twelve dozen
  1. repellently fat
    a bald porcine old man
  2. conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
    a glaring error
    rank treachery
    gross ineptitude
    flagrant violation of human rights
    gross injustice
    a crying shame
    an egregious lie
  3. conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
    coarse language
    a vulgar gesture
    a crude joke
    a revoltingly gross expletive
    full of language so vulgar it should have been edited
    an earthy sense of humor
    crude behavior
  4. visible to the naked eye (especially of rocks and anatomical features)
  5. lacking fine distinctions or detail
    the gross details of the structure appear reasonable
  6. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
    a thoroughgoing villain
    utter nonsense
    a perfect idiot
    what a sodding mess
    pure folly
    the unadulterated truth
    stark staring mad
    a consummate fool
    gross negligence
    an arrant fool
    a complete coward
    a double-dyed villain
    a thorough nuisance
  7. before any deductions
    gross income
  1. earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
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How To Use gross In A Sentence

  • He said this was an abuse of public monies and the fact there was no contribution from the business community was ‘grossly unfair.’
  • Added to which there is a large increase in the fees receivable in 1994 to a level of almost £123,000 which accounts for the large increase in the gross profit over the previous and subsequent years.
  • For all that, Grossman drinks more white wine than red, partly because he eats a lot of fish and vegetarian food.
  • The human species has not evolved such that it can tolerate sitting in that southwesterly location, behind uninsulated glass, leaning on a heat absorbing table of dark steel and not be grossly uncomfortable.
  • At present, power is very high orders, to improve gross profit margins.
  • It had begun the seventies with the declared intention of contributing 0.7 percent of the gross national product in official aid.
  • Figures for income, gross profit, salaries, motor expenses, drawings etc are fed into the Revenue computer system.
  • The first is that China will continue to sustain high growth rates in gross national product.
  • We live in a world soiled by the grossness and wickedness and filth of sin.
  • Grossman's Christmas present, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, is a holiday favorite among hopheads and is one of the standouts of The News Tribune's Brew Crew Winter Beer Tasting.
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