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Grave, Grawe, n.1 Also: graive, graiwe, greawe. [ME. grave, OE. grafe, græfe, etc., inflectional forms of græf Graf. Cf. Graif n.] A grave.(a) 14.. Acts I. 380/2.
Defoularis of gravis or sepulturis
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1134.
Hys fadres grave
a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 581.
Quhen I am deid, to burie me in graue
1513 Doug. x. x. 36.
To erd … nor delf in graue
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 1296.
The knicht had sone bene in his graue
c1552 Id. Mon. 3928.
The dede men rais out of thair graue
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7657.
At the graues syde
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxv. 162.
Sen … syn convoyit all erthlie wit to grave
(b) a1400 Leg. S. i. 140.
They … broucht hym to the grawe richt thane
Ib. xvi. 519.
Thai had na lomys … For to make a ganand grawe
Ib. iii. 77.
All … Deide, & in a grawe war dycht
c1420 Wynt. v. 3460.
A grawe off new wes made
1495 Reg. Episc. Brechin II. 317.
To kast haly watter on thar grawys
1533 Gau 44/16.
Thay vindit his halie body, and sine laid it in the grawe
c1590 Fowler I. 104/15.
Achilles brawe … to frie from death and grawe
1636 Chron. Perth 34.
The moulis wer turnit on him in his grawe
1682 Elgin Rec. I. 329.
The casters of the grawes for the dead
(c) 1584 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 317.
To evin and fill vp the graives
1620 Breadalbane Doc. (Reg. H.) No. 437.
To … tak away aney buriall stane aff any graive
(d) 1503 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 342.
The sagristaur sale have for ilka graiwe makin and bellis ringin … vii d.
1611 Reg. Panmure I. p. xcv.
Ane greawe … withe ane bread stone

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