grain

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1grain

noun \ˈgrān\

: the seeds of plants (such as wheat, corn, and rice) that are used for food; also : a single seed of wheat, corn, rice, etc.

: a plant that produces grain

: a small, hard piece of something

Full Definition of GRAIN

1
a (1) obsolete :  a single small hard seed (2) :  a seed or fruit of a cereal grass :  caryopsis
b :  the seeds or fruits of various food plants including the cereal grasses and in commercial and statutory usage other plants (as the soybean)
c :  plants producing grain
2
a (1) :  a small hard particle or crystal (2) :  any of the particles produced in a photographic material by its development; also :  the size of such grains in the aggregate (3) :  an individual crystal in a metal
b :  a minute portion or particle
c :  the least amount possible <a grain of truth>
3
a :  kermes or a scarlet dye made from it
b :  cochineal or a brilliant scarlet dye made from it
c :  a fast dye
d archaic :  color, tint
4
a :  a granulated surface or appearance
b :  the outer or hair side of a skin or hide
5
:  a unit of weight based on the weight of a grain of wheat taken as an average of the weight of grains from the middle of the ear — see weight table
6
a :  the stratification of the wood fibers in a piece of wood
b :  a texture due to constituent particles or fibers <the grain of a rock>
c :  the direction of threads in cloth
7
:  tactile quality
8
a :  natural disposition :  temper <lying goes against my grain>
b :  a basic or characteristic quality
c :  a prevalent ideology or convention <teaching against the grain>
grained \ˈgrānd\ adjective
grain·less adjective

Examples of GRAIN

  1. bread made from whole wheat grain
  2. The machine grinds grain into flour.
  3. The farm grows a variety of grains.
  4. Anyone with a grain of sense knows that she's lying.
  5. There is not a grain of truth in what he said.

Origin of GRAIN

Middle English, partly from Anglo-French grain cereal grain, from Latin granum; partly from Anglo-French graine seed, kermes, from Latin grana, plural of granum — more at corn
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

2grain

verb

Definition of GRAIN

transitive verb
1
:  ingrain
2
:  to form into grains :  granulate
3
:  to paint in imitation of the grain of wood or stone
4
:  to feed with grain
intransitive verb
:  to become granular :  granulate
grain·er noun

First Known Use of GRAIN

1530

grain

noun \ˈgrān\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GRAIN

1
a : a seed or fruit of a cereal grass b : the seeds or fruits of various food plants including the cereal grasses and in commercial and statutory usage other plants (as the soybean) c : plants producing grain
2
: a small hard particle or crystal (as of sand or salt)
3
: a unit of avoirdupois, Troy, and apothecaries' weight equal to 0.0648 gram or 0.002286 avoirdupois ounce or 0.002083 Troy ounce—abbreviation gr

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