An excavation for the interment of a corpse. A place of burial. Death or extinction: faced the grave with calm resignation. Requiring serious thought; momentous: a grave decision in a time of crisis. Fraught with danger or harm: a grave wound. Dignified and somber in conduct or character: a grave procession. See Synonyms at serious. Somber or dark in hue. Linguistics Written with or modified by the mark ( ` ), as the \u00e8 in S\u00e8vres. Linguistics Of or referring to a phonetic feature that distinguishes sounds produced at the periphery of the vocal tract, as in labial and velar consonants and back vowels. Linguistics A mark ( ` ) indicating a pronounced e for the sake of meter in the usually nonsyllabic ending -ed in English poetry. To sculpt or carve; engrave. To stamp or impress deeply; fix permanently. To clean and coat (the bottom of a wooden ship) with pitch. Music In a slow and solemn manner. Used chiefly as a direction.