Adjective "Gross" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(especially of wrongdoing) very obvious and unacceptable.
  1. 'gross negligence'
  2. 'So the idea that you can buy your way in is much more than a ‘trade in titles’; it is a gross corruption of the system.'
  3. 'The indignation is compounded by evidence of gross corruption.'
  4. 'We are concerned about these stories which seem to be a gross exaggeration of the facts.'
  5. 'And that was seen widely as a gross abuse of power.'
  6. 'However, the irregularities of the count, and the gross violence and intimidation in the months leading up to the vote, make her legal challenge to the result very strong.'
  7. 'Thirdly, the level of discrimination involved was gross and obvious.'
  8. 'He is disgusting when he uses gross oversimplifications to describe the policies of foreign leaders.'
  9. 'The video footage was so obviously a gross invasion of privacy and a violation of human dignity.'
  10. 'Even if we forget about principle and adopt a pragmatic stance, there is little to be gained in appeasing gross violence by the powerful.'
  11. 'We and the civilized world are in shock at this gross inhumanity, and we extend heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed and wounded.'
(of income, profit, or interest) without deduction of tax or other contributions; total.
  1. 'As a result of these contributions, their 2002 adjusted gross income is $30,000.'
  2. 'There was evidence of healthy like-for-like growth in both revenues and gross profit.'
  3. 'That means your loss, combined with all other miscellaneous deductions, must exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income for it to do you any good.'
  4. 'The ordinary income rate that you are taxed under is dependent on the amount of adjusted gross income that you receive for the tax year and your filing status.'
  5. 'Companies whose deductions exceed gross income for 2001 and 2002 will be allowed to carry the deductions back and re-file taxes for past years.'
  6. 'This is like the gross profit figure for other companies (except that interest has already been removed since that's an operational activity for banks).'
  7. 'There was discontent regarding the 54% default level set for British horseracing's share of total gross profits.'
  8. 'A non-resident is taxed in Spain on income arising from Spanish property at the rate of 25 per cent on gross income without any deductions for expenses or interest costs.'
  9. 'Figures for income, gross profit, salaries, motor expenses, drawings etc are fed into the Revenue computer system.'
  10. 'The Cabinet is most likely to stand by its commitments concerning profit tax and gross income tax.'
  11. 'a projected gross take-off weight of 500,000 pounds'
  12. 'This whole thing will be run like a classic flight test program of expanding the envelope, but we will always take off at full gross weight.'
  13. 'Our three-engine rate of climb would have been extremely limited with the inability to raise gear, high gross weight, and high ambient temperature.'
  14. 'Was I good enough to take off at a high gross weight, lose an engine, avoid the unseen mountains within a mile and a half of the field while on instruments?'
  15. 'Because our gross weight was about 40,000 pounds above max-landing gross weight, we continued, gear down, to Colorado Springs.'
  16. 'Liberator crews used the instrument to calculate gross weight and centre of gravity, as well as to examine the effect of the centre of gravity of crew movement, fuel consumption and release of bomb loads.'
  17. 'Once inside the factory grounds, the lorries drive over a weighbridge where their gross weight is automatically measured.'
  18. 'Airplanes can't exceed a gross weight of 1,320 pounds or 1,430 pounds for seaplanes.'
  19. 'This profile required the crew to make sure the autorotation RPM was within limits based on environmental conditions and aircraft gross weight.'
  20. 'This would have permitted much more flexibility in basing since the B-52 is limited by its heavy gross weight and long takeoff ground roll.'
  21. 'Our rule of thumb is that a floor jack needs to be rated for at least three-quarters of a vehicle's gross weight.'
  22. 'A gross score of 66 less their team handicap of 6 produced a net 60.'
  23. 'Off a combined handicap of 5 they returned a gross score of 68 to produce net a 63.'
Very rude or coarse; vulgar.
  1. 'The former worships the gross material object, while the latter have recourse to imagery.'
  2. 'By the influence of the mode of passion, which is related to air, we endeavor to manifest the form on the gross level.'
  3. 'Matter exists on a gross level, is stable and slow to change.'
  4. 'Jane was no beauty, always delving into some novel of gross sentimentality, and her conversational skills were disgustingly average.'
  5. 'At least a third of the people promenading along the seafront were more than just overweight - they were gross, with their swollen bellies leading the way.'
  6. 'You're gross, you're disgusting and you don't even know how to dress well.'
  7. 'Whilst we gained a sense of Caliban's non-humanness, we lost much sense of him as a gross, repulsive creature.'
  8. 'I liked the way they were to each other; it didn't seem gross or disgusting, like what other kids had told me.'
  9. 'No subject is taboo, and there is no subject so gross, so obnoxious, so embarrassing, it cannot be paraded in front of everyone.'
  10. 'Do you know how sick, gross, and disgusting that is?'
  11. 'The hospital staff should be more aware of how gross and disgusting it is to see a major hospital not being kept clean.'
  12. 'And true, he carries at least 108 diseases and is just completely gross and icky and mouse-y.'
  13. 'Blame it on a yucky mix of sweat and gross bacteria.'
  14. 'Once again, it is not intended that these observations lead to a conclusion that writing for reluctant reader boys must necessarily be gross and disgusting, far from it.'
General or large-scale; not detailed.
  1. 'There is widespread consensus that an organism's lifestyle is often reflected in the skeleton at various levels ranging from gross morphology to histological structure.'
  2. 'Oh, we have a good idea, on a gross level, of what governments should not do to really screw up the economy.'
  3. 'If infection is suspected, the wound area must be assessed for obvious signs of gross infection, and the infection should be confirmed by culturing the organism.'
  4. 'Generally, gross lesions are not observed in the central nervous system of birds affected with Newcastle disease virus regardless of the pathotype.'
  5. 'Making the world better in gross material terms is nothing to sneeze at.'


Without tax or other contributions having been deducted.
  1. 'Overall they estimate that carers save the State at least E2 billion gross each year.'


Produce or earn (an amount of money) as gross profit or income.
  1. 'Which film has grossed more money than any other this year?'
  2. 'In the United States alone, the title grossed an unprecedented $30 million in sales.'
  3. 'He also informed delegates that the qualifiers had grossed a million less than in the previous year because of falling attendances.'
  4. 'If healthcare grosses $1.2 trillion in 1999, and fraud represents 10% of that total, that means a tidy sum of $100 billion a year lost to fraudulent claims.'
  5. 'The first two episodes grossed an extraordinary £1.1 billion.'
  6. 'For several years, it was the highest grossing film of all time, and that makes a statement worth listening to.'
  7. 'It would go on to become Fox's highest grossing film of 1948.'
  8. 'It was the second highest grossing film in Korea that year, and the highest grossing comedy ever.'
  9. 'It is the highest grossing R-rated film ever, outdistancing the runner up by 15%.'
  10. 'When's the last time you hear about a poet's latest world tour grossing a million a night?'
  11. 'all commuting costs were grossed up for tax and National Insurance deductions'
  12. 'One important aspect of builder/seller funding of downpayments through these programs is that transaction prices are grossed up in excess of true market prices.'
  13. 'It could prove very costly if the payment is grossed up as emoluments.'
  14. 'That may not sound much, but, grossing it up, it works out to 35 minutes a week or over 30 hours a year.'
  15. 'Some small businesses with gross receipts up to $10 million can now use the cash method of accounting.'
  16. 'They used the syndicate figures for Syndicates 103 and 1053 and then grossed them up in order to relate to the anticipated premium income - that accounted for the degree of precision.'


An amount equal to twelve dozen; 144.
  1. 'In the meantime, I have ordered a gross of hatches and a quantity of timber from the catalogue, so I can batten them down and engage in some hardcore shivering on the big day.'
  2. 'There have been no single straws - more a gross of wire bound bales weighing down and breaking asunder a once optimistic and enthusiastic camel's back.'
  3. 'That's like giving a kid a gross of bottle rockets and a new Bic lighter, then leaving the boy unsupervised - and being shocked, shocked to hear small explosions in the distance.'
A gross profit or income.
  1. 'Chaplin had big box-office grosses, but he made relatively few pictures.'
  2. 'Projected grosses are reported during every news show each Sunday night, with ‘real’ numbers arriving 24 hours later.'
  3. 'But in terms of commercial success, in terms of grosses - I really don't know.'
  4. 'Now solve it for U.S. grosses, adjusted for inflation.'
  5. 'But of all the Oscar nominees it has racked up by far the biggest domestic grosses so far.'
  6. 'If you add up the grosses of all these titles and estimate final numbers for this year's already-in-release product, the total should be about the same from last year's 22 to this year's 20.'
  7. 'It has been reporting low grosses so it may fade away soon.'
  8. 'It reported grosses for 20 weeks after that, most of which was second run, but that accounted for only $7 million of the $176 million domestic take.'
  9. 'Correct me if I'm wrong, but the two sequels cost about $350M combined, so this assumption is predicated on foreign grosses exceeding domestic.'
  10. 'Broadway's weekly grosses are running ahead of this time last year, and every theater in the city is booked, with more than a dozen new shows opening over the next six months.'


1. without deductions; total, as the amount of sales, salary, profit, etc., before taking deductions for expenses, taxes, or the like (opposed to net

2. ): 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 exces

More examples(as adjective)

"pictures can be gross on pages."

"people can be gross without refinements."

"people can be gross without opennesses."

"assumptions can be gross as socials."

"products can be gross."

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Middle English (in the sense ‘thick, massive, bulky’): from Old French gros, grosse ‘large’, from late Latin grossus.


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