From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgrossgross1 /ɡrəʊs $ ɡroʊs/ ●●○ S3 adjective 1 total [only before noun] a) BFTOTALa gross sum of money is the total amount before any tax or costs have been taken away → net a gross profit of $5 milliongross income/salary/pay etc a family with gross earnings of just £75 per week b) TMTOTALa gross weight is the total weight of something, including its wrapping► see thesaurus at profit2 very bad [only before noun]BAD BEHAVIOUR OR ACTIONS clearly wrong and unacceptablegross negligence/misconduct etc soldiers accused of gross violations of human rights The company described reports of environmental disaster as gross exaggeration.gross indecency (=the crime of doing something that is sexually offensive)3 nasty spokenDISGUSTING very unpleasant to look at or think about syn disgusting Ooh, gross! I hate spinach!4 fatFAT informal extremely fat and unattractive —grossly adverb [+adj/adverb] Lambert was grossly overweight. Medical records were found to be grossly inadequate. —grossness noun [uncountable]
Examples from the Corpusgross• Obviously you get more used to it the more often you do it, but it's still pretty gross.• Brad threw up on the floor at the party. It was really gross.• My gross annual income, before tax, is just over £18,000.• Dini said inflation was kept to a moderate pace during the year, even as gross domestic product rose 3 percent.• The company's gross earnings were up $12 million over last year.• a gross income of $150,000• The expected gross initial yield is 6.5%.• By contrast, the gross margin on an alternative remedy is typically 30 percent, Toth said.• In the mid-1970s, public spending peaked at over 49 percent of our gross national product.• Various tests suggested gross retardation by the end of the first year.• Ooh, gross! The dog just threw up on the carpet!• That factory turned out to be a short-lived exercise and a gross waste of Government money.• The gross weight of the package is 10 kilos, including the packaging.gross income/salary/pay etc• Companies putting up factories at Subic can import goods for free and pay only a 5 percent tax on gross income.• The November 1988 white paper on the loan scheme proposed a move to gross income.• Thus, in the top tenth of pensioner income groups, social security contributes only a quarter of gross income.• So the recent fall in house-moving business would have cut gross income by about a fifth and net income by much more.• If adjusted gross income is high enough, large amounts of business expense deductions will be lost under this 2 percent formula.• The full deduction would be available for couples filing jointly with adjusted gross incomes of up to $ 100,000.• In both cases your gross pay will be as normal, unless you have exhausted the full sickness allowance.• Conversely, he knows that a drop in gross income will de-motivate.gross indecency• And today, police confirmed the Bishop had been formally cautioned for an act of gross indecency.• The Court of Appeal allowed the appellant's appeal against conviction of committing an act of gross indecency.• They were bailed to appear before Liverpool magistrates next month, when they will face charges of gross indecency.• He was prosecuted, convicted of gross indecency and given a two-year conditional discharge in November 1996.• This act of gross indecency provoked stern disapproval from the tour guide.• The appellant, Norman Mattison, was charged with committing an act of gross indecency with his co-defendant.• After retiring the jury returned with a notice asking whether the co-defendant was charged with gross indecency with the appellant only.• The co-defendant pleaded guilty to a charge of committing an act of gross indecency with the appellant.