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Great White Way Broadway, in New York City, in the neighborhood chiefly occupied by theaters, as from about 30th Street about 50th Street; -- so called from its brilliant illumination at night.

Great-bellied adjective Having a great belly; bigbellied; pregnant; teeming. Shak.

Great-grandchild noun The child of one's grandson or granddaughter.

Great-granddaughter noun [ See Great , 10.] A daughter of one's grandson or granddaughter.

Great-grandfather noun [ See Great , 10.] The father of one's grandfather or grandmother.

Great-grandmother noun The mother of one's grandfather or grandmother.

Great-grandson noun [ See Great , 10.] A son of one's grandson or granddaughter.

Great-hearted adjective
1. High-spirited; fearless. [ Obsolete] Clarendon.

2. Generous; magnanimous; noble.

Great-heartedness noun The quality of being greathearted; high-mindedness; magnanimity.

Greatcoat noun An overcoat.

Greaten transitive verb To make great; to aggrandize; to cause to increase in size; to expand. [ R.]

A minister's [ business] is to greaten and exalt [ his king].
Ken.

Greaten intransitive verb To become large; to dilate. [ R.]

My blue eyes greatening in the looking- glass.
Mrs. Browning.

Greatly adverb
1. In a great degree; much.

I will greatly multiply thy sorrow.
Gen. iii. 16.

2. Nobly; illustriously; magnanimously.

By a high fate thou greatly didst expire.
Dryden.

Greatness noun [ Anglo-Saxon greátnes .]
1. The state, condition, or quality of being great; as, greatness of size, greatness of mind, power, etc.

2. Pride; haughtiness. [ Obsolete]

It is not of pride or greatness that he cometh not aboard your ships.
Bacon.

Greave noun A grove. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Greave noun [ Old French grees ; confer Spanish grevas .] Armor for the leg below the knee; -- usually in the plural.

Greave transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Greaved (grēvd); present participle & verbal noun Greaving .] [ From Greaves .] ( Naut. ) To clean (a ship's bottom); to grave.

Greaves (grēvz) noun plural [ Confer dial. Swedish grevar greaves, LG. greven , German griebe , also Anglo-Saxon greofa pot. Confer Gravy. ] The sediment of melted tallow. It is made into cakes for dogs' food. In Scotland it is called cracklings . [ Written also graves .]

Grebe (grēb) noun [ French grèbe , from Armor. krib comb; akin to kriben crest, W. crib comb, crest. So called in allusion to the crest of one species.] (Zoology) One of several swimming birds or divers, of the genus Colymbus (formerly Podiceps ), and allied genera, found in the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia. They have strong, sharp bills, and lobate toes.

Grecian adjective [ Confer Greek. ] Of or pertaining to Greece; Greek.

Grecian bend , among women, an affected carriage of the body, the upper part being inclined forward. [ Collog.] -- Grecian fire . See Greek fire , under Greek .

Grecian noun
1. A native or naturalized inhabitant of Greece; a Greek.

2. A jew who spoke Greek; a Hellenist. Acts vi. 1.

» The Greek word rendered Grecian in the Authorized Version of the New Testament is translated Grecian Jew in the Revised Version.

6. One well versed in the Greek language, literature, or history. De Quincey.

Grecism noun [ Confer French grécisme .] An idiom of the Greek language; a Hellenism. Addison.

Grecize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Grecized ; present participle & verbal noun Grecizing .] [ Confer French gréciser .]
1. To render Grecian; also, to cause (a word or phrase in another language) to take a Greek form; as, the name is Grecized . T. Warton.

2. To translate into Greek.

Grecize, Grecianize intransitive verb To conform to the Greek custom, especially in speech.

Greco-Roman adjective Having characteristics that are partly Greek and partly Roman; as, Greco- Roman architecture.

Grecque (grĕk) noun [ French] An ornament supposed to be of Greek origin, esp. a fret or meander.

Gree noun [ French gré . See Grateful, and confer Agree. ]
1. Good will; favor; pleasure; satisfaction; -- used esp. in such phrases as: to take in gree ; to accept in gree ; that is, to take favorably. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Accept in gree , my lord, the words I spoke.
Fairfax.

2. Rank; degree; position. [ Obsolete or Scot.] Chaucer.

He is a shepherd great in gree .
Spenser.

3. The prize; the honor of the day; as, to bear the gree , i. e. , to carry off the prize. [ Obsolete or Scot.] Chaucer.

Gree intransitive verb [ From Agree. ] To agree. [ Obsolete] Fuller.

Gree noun ; plural Grees (grēz); obsolete plurals Greece (grēs) Grice (grīs or grēs), Grise , Grize (grīz or grēz), etc. [ Old French gré , French grade. See Grade. ] A step.

Greece noun plural See Gree a step. [ Obsolete]

Greed (grēd") noun [ Akin to Goth. grēdus hunger, Icelandic grāðr . √34. See Greedy. ] An eager desire or longing; greediness; as, a greed of gain.

Greedily adverb In a greedy manner.

Greediness noun [ AS grǣdignes .] The quality of being greedy; vehement and selfish desire.

Fox in stealth, wolf in greediness.
Shak.

Syn. -- Ravenousness; voracity; eagerness; avidity.

Greedy (-ȳ) adjective [ Compar. Greedier (-ĭ*ẽr); superl. Greediest .] [ Middle English gredi , Anglo-Saxon grǣdig , grēdig ; akin to Dutch gretig , Old Saxon grādag , Old High German grātag , Danish graadig , OSw. gradig , grådig , Icelandic grāðugr , Goth. grēdags greedy, grēdēn to be hungry; confer Sanskrit grdh to be greedy. Confer Greed. ]
1. Having a keen appetite for food or drink; ravenous; voracious; very hungry; -- followed by of; as, a lion that is greedy of his prey.

2. Having a keen desire for anything; vehemently desirous; eager to obtain; avaricious; as, greedy of gain.

Greedy-gut noun A glutton. [ Low] Todd.

Greegree, Grigri noun An African talisman or charm.

A greegree man , an African magician or fetich priest.

Greek adjective [ Anglo-Saxon grec , Latin Graecus , Greek ?: confer French grec . Confer Grecian .] Of or pertaining to Greece or the Greeks; Grecian.

Greek calends . See under Calends. -- Greek Church ( Eccl. Hist. ), the Eastern Church; that part of Christendom which separated from the Roman or Western Church in the ninth century. It comprises the great bulk of the Christian population of Russia (of which this is the established church), Greece, Moldavia, and Wallachia. The Greek Church is governed by patriarchs and is called also the Byzantine Church . -- Greek cross . See Illust . (10) Of Cross . -- Greek Empire . See Byzantine Empire . -- Greek fire , a combustible composition which burns under water, the constituents of which are supposed to be asphalt, with niter and sulphur. Ure. -- Greek rose , the flower campion.

Greek noun
1. A native, or one of the people, of Greece; a Grecian; also, the language of Greece.

2. A swindler; a knave; a cheat. [ Slang]

Without a confederate the . . . game of baccarat does not . . . offer many chances for the Greek.
Sat. Rev.

3. Something unintelligible; as, it was all Greek to me. [ Colloq.]

Greek calendar
1. Any of various calendars used by the ancient Greek states. The Attic calendar divided the year into twelve months of 29 and 30 days, as follows:

1. Hecatombæon (July-Aug.). 2. Metageitnion (Aug.-Sept.). 3. Boëdromion (Sept.-Oct.). 4. Pyanepsion (Oct.-Nov.). 5. Mæmacterion (Nov.-Dec.). 6. Poseideon (Dec.-Jan.). 7. Gamelion (Jan.-Feb.). 8. Anthesterion (Feb.-Mar.). 9. Elaphebolion (Mar.-Apr.). 10. Munychion (Apr.-May). 11. Thargelion (May-June). 12. Scirophorion (June-July).

A fixed relation to the seasons was maintained by introducing an intercalary month, "the second Poseideon," at first in an inexact way, afterward in years 3, 5, 8, 11, 13, 16, 19 of the Metonic cycle. Dates were reckoned in Olympiads.

2. The Julian calendar, used in the Greek Church.

Greek calends, kalends A time that will never come, as the Greeks had no calends.

Greekess noun A female Greek. [ R.]

Greekish adjective [ Confer Anglo-Saxon Grēcisc .] Peculiar to Greece.

Greekling noun A little Greek, or one of small esteem or pretensions. B. Jonson.

Green adjective [ Compar. Greener ; superl. Greenest. ] [ Middle English grene , Anglo-Saxon gr?ne ; akin to Dutch groen , Old Saxon gr?ni , Old High German gruoni , German gr?n , Dan. & Swedish gr?n , Icelandic gr?nn ; from the root of English grow. See Grow. ]
1. Having the color of grass when fresh and growing; resembling that color of the solar spectrum which is between the yellow and the blue; verdant; emerald.

2. Having a sickly color; wan.

To look so green and pale.
Shak.

3. Full of life and vigor; fresh and vigorous; new; recent; as, a green manhood; a green wound.

As valid against such an old and beneficent government as against . . . the greenest usurpation.
Burke.

4. Not ripe; immature; not fully grown or ripened; as, green fruit, corn, vegetables, etc.

5. Not roasted; half raw. [ R.]

We say the meat is green when half roasted.
Latin Watts.

6. Immature in age or experience; young; raw; not trained; awkward; as, green in years or judgment.

I might be angry with the officious zeal which supposes that its green conceptions can instruct my gray hairs.
Sir W. Scott.

7. Not seasoned; not dry; containing its natural juices; as, green wood, timber, etc. Shak.

Green brier (Botany) , a thorny climbing shrub ( Emilaz rotundifolia ) having a yellowish green stem and thick leaves, with small clusters of flowers, common in the United States; -- called also cat brier . -- Green con (Zoology) , the pollock. -- Green crab (Zoology) , an edible, shore crab ( Carcinus menas ) of Europe and America; -- in New England locally named joe-rocker . -- Green crop , a crop used for food while in a growing or unripe state, as distingushed from a grain crop, root crop, etc. -- Green diallage . (Min.) (a) Diallage, a variety of pyroxene. (b) Smaragdite. -- Green dragon (Botany) , a North American herbaceous plant ( Arisæma Dracontium ), resembling the Indian turnip; -- called also dragon root . -- Green earth (Min.) , a variety of glauconite, found in cavities in amygdaloid and other eruptive rock, and used as a pigment by artists; -- called also mountain green . -- Green ebony . (a) A south American tree ( Jacaranda ovalifolia ), having a greenish wood, used for rulers, turned and inlaid work, and in dyeing. (b) The West Indian green ebony. See Ebony . -- Green fire ( Pyrotech. ), a composition which burns with a green flame. It consists of sulphur and potassium chlorate, with some salt of barium (usually the nitrate), to which the color of the flame is due. -- Green fly (Zoology) , any green species of plant lice or aphids, esp. those that infest greenhouse plants. -- Green gage , (Botany) See Greengage , in the Vocabulary. -- Green gland (Zoology) , one of a pair of large green glands in Crustacea, supposed to serve as kidneys. They have their outlets at the bases of the larger antennæ. -- Green hand , a novice. [ Colloq.] -- Green heart (Botany) , the wood of a lauraceous tree found in the West Indies and in South America, used for shipbuilding or turnery. The green heart of Jamaica and Guiana is the Nectandra Rodiœi , that of Martinique is the Colubrina ferruginosa . -- Green iron ore ( Min. ) dufrenite. -- Green laver (Botany) , an edible seaweed ( Ulva latissima ); -- called also green sloke . -- Green lead ore ( Min. ), pyromorphite. -- Green linnet (Zoology) , the greenfinch. -- Green looper (Zoology) , the cankerworm. -- Green marble ( Min. ), serpentine. -- Green mineral , a carbonate of copper, used as a pigment. See Greengill . -- Green monkey (Zoology) a West African long-tailed monkey ( Cercopithecus callitrichus ), very commonly tamed, and trained to perform tricks. It was introduced into the West Indies early in the last century, and has become very abundant there. -- Green salt of Magnus ( Old Chem. ), a dark green crystalline salt, consisting of ammonia united with certain chlorides of platinum. -- Green sand ( Founding ) molding sand used for a mold while slightly damp, and not dried before the cast is made. -- Green sea ( Naut. ), a wave that breaks in a solid mass on a vessel's deck. -- Green sickness (Medicine) , chlorosis. -- Green snake (Zoology) , one of two harmless American snakes ( Cyclophis vernalis , and C. æstivus ). They are bright green in color. -- Green turtle (Zoology) , an edible marine turtle. See Turtle . -- Green vitriol . (a) (Chemistry) Sulphate of iron; a light green crystalline substance, very extensively used in the preparation of inks, dyes, mordants, etc. (b) ( Min. ) Same as copperas , melanterite and sulphate of iron . -- Green ware , articles of pottery molded and shaped, but not yet baked. -- Green woodpecker (Zoology) , a common European woodpecker ( Picus viridis ); -- called also yaffle .

Green (gren) noun
1. The color of growing plants; the color of the solar spectrum intermediate between the yellow and the blue.

2. A grassy plain or plat; a piece of ground covered with verdant herbage; as, the village green .

O'er the smooth enameled green .
Milton.

3. Fresh leaves or branches of trees or other plants; wreaths; -- usually in the plural.

In that soft season when descending showers
Call forth the greens , and wake the rising flowers.
Pope.

4. pl. Leaves and stems of young plants, as spinach, beets, etc., which in their green state are boiled for food.

5. Any substance or pigment of a green color.

Alkali green (Chemistry) , an alkali salt of a sulphonic acid derivative of a complex aniline dye, resembling emerald green; -- called also Helvetia green . -- Berlin green . (Chemistry) See under Berlin . -- Brilliant green (Chemistry) , a complex aniline dye, resembling emerald green in composition. -- Brunswick green , an oxychloride of copper. -- Chrome green . See under Chrome . -- Emerald green . (Chemistry) (a) A complex basic derivative of aniline produced as a metallic, green crystalline substance, and used for dyeing silk, wool, and mordanted vegetable fiber a brilliant green; -- called also aldehyde green , acid green , malachite green , Victoria green , solid green , etc. It is usually found as a double chloride, with zinc chloride, or as an oxalate. (b) See Paris green (below). -- Gaignet's green (Chemistry) a green pigment employed by the French artist, Adrian Gusgnet, and consisting essentially of a basic hydrate of chromium. -- Methyl green (Chemistry) , an artificial rosaniline dyestuff, obtained as a green substance having a brilliant yellow luster; -- called also light-green . -- Mineral green . See under Mineral . - - Mountain green . See Green earth , under Green , adjective -- Paris green (Chemistry) , a poisonous green powder, consisting of a mixture of several double salts of the acetate and arsenite of copper. It has found very extensive use as a pigment for wall paper, artificial flowers, etc., but particularly as an exterminator of insects, as the potato bug; -- called also Schweinfurth green , imperial green , Vienna green , emerald qreen , and mitis green . -- Scheele's green (Chemistry) , a green pigment, consisting essentially of a hydrous arsenite of copper; -- called also Swedish green . It may enter into various pigments called parrot green , pickel green , Brunswick green , nereid green , or emerald green .

Green transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Greened (great): present participle & verbal noun Greening .] To make green.

Great spring before
Greened all the year.
Thomson.

Green intransitive verb To become or grow green. Tennyson.

By greening slope and singing flood.
Whittier.

Greenback noun One of the legal tender notes of the United States; -- first issued in 1862, and having the devices on the back printed with green ink, to prevent alterations and counterfeits.

Greenbacker noun One of those who supported greenback or paper money, and opposed the resumption of specie payments. [ Colloq. U. S.]

Greenbone noun [ So named because the bones are green when boiled.] (Zoology) (a) Any garfish ( Belone or Tylosurus ). (b) The European eelpout.