from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who carves or engraves.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who carves or engraves; one whose profession it is to cut letters or figures in metal, stone, or other hard material: formerly applied also to a sculptor.
  • noun A tool used for engraving; a burin; also, a sculptors' chisel.
  • noun An instrument used for turning iron after it has been roughed out by the heel-tool.—
  • noun A shaver, a tool wherewith “bowyers use to shave bows.”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who graves; an engraver or a sculptor; one whose occupation is te cut letters or figures in stone or other hard material.
  • noun An ergraving or cutting tool; a burin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a burin
  • noun a carver or engraver
  • adjective comparative form of grave: more grave

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a tool used by an engraver


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word graver.


  • We are being told that we are in graver danger than ever, and that we must change our lives in drastic and inconvenient ways in order to be secure.

    Boing Boing: November 10, 2002 - November 16, 2002 Archives

  • Jane came forth with her rosy morning face, her expression graver than of wont.

    Will Warburton

  • The more, therefore, an aristocracy calls to its aid its innate forces, -- its impenetrability, its high spirit, its power of haughty resistance, -- to deal with an epoch of expansion, the graver is the danger, the greater the certainty of explosion, the surer the aristocracy's defeat; for it is trying to do violence to nature instead of working along with it.

    Culture and Anarchy

  • He scarce ever made his first Entrance in a Play but he was received with an involuntary Applause, not of Hands only, for those may be, and have often been partially prostituted and bespoken, but by a General Laughter which the very Sight of him provoked and Nature cou'd not resist; yet the louder the Laugh the graver was his Look upon it; and sure, the ridiculous Solemnity of his Features were enough to have set a whole Bench of Bishops into a Titter, cou'd he have been honour'd (may it be no Offence to suppose it) with such grave and right reverend Auditors.

    An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber, Volume I

  • Secretary General Kofi Annan criticized it for "disproportionate focus on violations by Israel," while neglecting other parts of the world such as Darfur, which he termed a "graver" crisis.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • One of the flunkies is this clubkid who, as a zombie, is the unliving embodiment of "graver".

    Black Rain of the Evil Dead Highlanders: Versus

  • "sobersides," as Mary Bertram sometimes called their graver discussions.

    Betty Vivian A Story of Haddo Court School

  • Amplification, then, is a kind of graver affirmation, which by exciting feelings in the mind conciliates belief to one's assertion.

    The Orations of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Volume 4

  • After the wheel is mounted, it is better to turn it quite true by means of a watch-maker's "graver" or other suitable tool.

    On Laboratory Arts

  • Fox, then a 'graver's apprentice, to return with him to America.

    The Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors 1741-1850


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Gothic raver.

    June 27, 2009