One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1technical Pregnant; carrying eggs or young.
expecting a baby, having a baby, with a baby on the way, having a child, expectant, carrying a childView synonyms
- ‘In the third trimester the most important factor is compression of the inferior vena cava and impairment of venous return by the gravid uterus when the woman lies supine.’
- ‘In addition to concerns about the difficulty of making a prompt and accurate diagnosis, the displacement of the appendix by the gravid uterus has resulted in controversy about the optimal site of abdominal incision for appendectomy.’
- ‘Studies have shown a similar incidence of major depressive episodes in matched gravid and nongravid women, so pregnancy appears to have neither a protective nor a detrimental effect.’
- ‘Her physical examination was remarkable only for a gravid abdomen with minimal flank tenderness and absent breath sounds over the left side of the chest.’
- ‘This was a large-scale, anatomical publication filled with high-quality engravings of the gravid, or pregnant, uterus.’
2Full of meaning or a specified quality.‘the scene is gravid with unease’
- ‘And that is what this gentle, loving book does; the text is stripped of verbiage but gravid with sentiment, and the small, spare drawings are framed and static.’
- ‘We could say that the interpretation, gravid with significance, has an essentially poetic form.’
- ‘Music seems gravid with meaning. We talk not solely of a person's enjoying music but of his understanding or misunderstanding it.’
- ‘His timing was bad: the Warwick agreement, gravid with promise, had just been signed.’
- ‘One word can be so gravid with meaning that it could ignite the outrage of citizens, the deployment of troops, the legal obligation of action.’
Late 16th century: from Latin gravidus ‘laden, pregnant’, from gravis ‘heavy’.
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