from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of grain.
  • n. The practice of imitating woodgrain on a surface in order to increase that surface's aesthetic appeal.
  • n. A small European freshwater fish (Leuciscus vulgaris); the dobule or dace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Indentation; roughening; milling, as on edges of coins.
  • n. A process in dressing leather, by which the skin is softened and the grain raised.
  • n. Painting or staining, in imitation of the grain of wood, stone, etc.
  • n. The process of separating soap from spent lye, as with salt.
  • n. A small European fresh-water fish (Leuciscus vulgaris); -- called also dobule, and dace.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of producing a grain or a grained or fibrous appearance on the surface of a material; the appearance so produced. Specifically— The milling of a coin.
  • n. In painting, the act or process of producing an imitation of the color and arrangement of the grain or fibers of wood; the appearance so produced
  • n. The act of grinding lithographic stones together with fine sand to give a certain mat or grain to the surface
  • n. In leathermaking, the artificial markings on the surface of a skin to imitate morocco and other varieties of leather
  • n. In bookbinding, the making of a rough or fine pebbled surface, or a wrinkled or striated surface, on leather used for binding books.
  • n. In watch-making, a similar process applied to the surface of movements, etc.
  • n. The fork of a tree.
  • n. The method or practice of taking fish with grains. See grain.
  • n. A cyprinoid fish, Leuciscus lancastriensis, found in England, especially in the Mersey and its tributaries.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a texture like that of wood


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