from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A harsh grinding, cutting, or hacking; a harsh grating sound.
  • To pierce; cut.
  • To grate; jar harshly.
  • To act or pass cuttingly or piercingly.
  • To grate; grind; scrape harshly; make a grating sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To cut with a grating sound; to cut; to penetrate or pierce harshly.
  • noun A harsh scraping or cutting; a grating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb obsolete, transitive To pierce (something) with a weapon; to wound, to stab.
  • verb obsolete, intransitive To travel through something, of a weapon or sharp object.
  • verb To produce a grinding or scraping sound.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From a metathetic variation of gird ("to strike, smite, upbraid, scold, jibe"), from Middle English girden, gerden ("to strike, thrust, smite", literally "smite with a rod"), from gerd, yerd ("a rod, yard"). More at yard.



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  • To cut, scrape, or pierce, with a grating noise or so as to inflict intense pain.

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