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Grain meaning

grain - 29 dictionary results

  1. 1. foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
  2. 2. paint ( a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
  3. 3. See Groan.
  4. 4. A single small hard seed; a kernel, especially of those plants, like wheat, whose seeds are used for food.
  5. 5. Any small, hard particle, as of sand, sugar, salt, etc.; hence, any minute portion or particle; as, a grain of gunpowder, of pollen, of starch, of sense, of wit, etc.
  6. 6. The unit of the English system of weights; -- so called because considered equal to the average of grains taken from the middle of the ears of wheat. 7, 000 grains constitute the pound avoirdupois, and 5, 760 grains the pound troy. A grain is equal to. 0648 gram. See Gram.
  7. 7. A reddish dye made from the coccus insect, or kermes; hence, a red color of any tint or hue, as crimson, scarlet, etc.; sometimes used by the poets as equivalent to Tyrian purple.
  8. 8. The composite particles of any substance; that arrangement of the particles of any body which determines its comparative roughness or hardness; texture; as, marble, sugar, sandstone, etc., of fine grain.
  9. 9. The direction, arrangement, or appearance of the fibers in wood, or of the strata in stone, slate, etc.
  10. 10. The fiber which forms the substance of wood or of any fibrous material.
  11. 11. The hair side of a piece of leather, or the marking on that side.
  12. 12. The remains of grain, etc., after brewing or distillation; hence, any residuum. Also called draff.
  13. 13. A rounded prominence on the back of a sepal, as in the common dock. See Grained, a., 4.
  14. 14. Temper; natural disposition; inclination.
  15. 15. A sort of spice, the grain of paradise.
  16. 16. To paint in imitation of the grain of wood, marble, etc.
  17. 17. To form ( powder, sugar, etc.) into grains.
  18. 18. To take the hair off ( skins); to soften and raise the grain of ( leather, etc.).
  19. 19. To yield fruit.
  20. 20. To form grains, or to assume a granular ferm, as the result of crystallization; to granulate.
  21. 21. A branch of a tree; a stalk or stem of a plant.
  22. 22. A tine, prong, or fork.
  23. 23. One the branches of a valley or of a river.
  24. 24. An iron first speak or harpoon, having four or more barbed points.
  25. 25. A blade of a sword, knife, etc.
  26. 26. A thin piece of metal, used in a mold to steady a core.
  27. 27. The fruit of certain grasses which furnish the chief food of man, as corn, wheat, rye, oats, etc., or the plants themselves; - used collectively.
  28. 28. Corn; a small seed or particles; one seven- thousandth of a pound avoirdupois; arrangement of particles, as in stone, or fibres, as in wood.
  29. 29. To form into grains; to paint in imitation of the grain of wood.

grain - examples of usage

  1. But this grain of comfort failed him after a second or two, for, upon reflection, he had to admit that Katharine owed him nothing. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. I have no time for words; every word is as one grain of sand of my glass wasted. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  3. It must be allowed, that a free trade in corn would in all ordinary cases not only secure a cheaper, but a more steady, supply of grain. - "Observations on the Effects of the Corn Laws, and of a Rise or Fall in the Price of Corn on the Agriculture and General Wealth of the Country", Thomas Malthus.
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