American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A grill or network of bars set in a window or door or used as a partition; a grate.
- n. A diffraction grating.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of rubbing harshly; the harsh sound caused by the rasping or scraping of hard, rough bodies; the feeling produced by harsh attrition.
- Harsh; rasping; fretting; irritating: as, grating sounds; a grating temper.
- n. A partition or frame of parallel or crossing bars; an open latticework of wood or metal serving as a cover or guard, but admitting light, air, etc., as in the fair-weather hatches of a ship, the cover of the mouth of a drain or sewer, etc.
- n. In optics: An arrangement of parallel wires in a plane, designed to produce spectra by diffraction: specifically called a real grating.
- n. A series of fine parallel lines on a surface of glass or polished metal ruled very close together, at the rate of 10,000 to 20,000, or even 40,000, to the inch: distinctively called a diffraction or diffractive grating. Such gratings are much used in spectroscopic work. The first really fine gratings were those of L. M. Rutherfurd of New York. See
diffraction, 1, and spectrum.
- n. A timber framework consisting of beams which cross one another at right angles to support the foundation of a heavy building in light, loose soil.
- n. In metallurgy, the act of separating large from small ore. See grate, n.
- adj. harsh and unpleasant
- n. A barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air.
- n. A frame of iron bars to hold a fire
- v. present participle of grate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A partition, covering, or frame of parallel or cross bars; a latticework resembling a window grate.
- n. (Optics) A system of close equidistant parallel lines or bars, esp. lines ruled on a polished surface, used for producing spectra by diffraction; -- called also
- n. (Naut.) The strong wooden lattice used to cover a hatch, admitting light and air; also, a movable Lattice used for the flooring of boats.
- adj. That grates; making a harsh sound; harsh.
- n. A harsh sound caused by attrition.
- adj. unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
- n. optical device consisting of a surface with many parallel grooves in it; disperses a beam of light (or other electromagnetic radiation) into its wavelengths to produce its spectrum
- n. a frame of iron bars to hold a fire
- n. a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air
“My advice, as usual when it comes to grating, is to get yourself a microplane, the one with the smallest gauge (from any half-decent kitchen shop).”
“A further main advantage of Rowland's grating is that it is now no longer scratched on plane surfaces, but on spherical concave surfaces with a radius of say 3 metres, so that real images are produced of luminous lines without the need for the insertion of lenses.”
“It is, no doubt, troublesome to make the oil so frequently, for the grating is tedious, and it must be slowly boiled; still, Kobez was not so oppressed by many duties that he could not find time to make it himself.”
“If the grating is free and there is an overflow not to be accounted for, it is very possible that a drain-pipe somewhere is choke-full of the roots of some tree.”
“Below the ice is a tin grating, through which the melted water runs, and is let off when requisite by a cock.”
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“I personally find the muezzin grating to the ears, and it’s an offense to the senses.”
“The final way the narrator is annoying is that his voice is just plain grating.”
“Beyond the grating was the open air, the river, the daylight, the shore, very narrow but sufficient for escape.”
“I thought the idea of grating in chilled butter was a good one, and one that I have since also used for pastry making.”
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