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grate

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verb \ˈgrāt\

Definition of grate

gratedgrating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  abrade

  3. 2 :  to reduce to small particles by rubbing on something rough <grate cheese>

  4. 3 :  fret, irritate

  5. 4 a :  to gnash or grind noisily b :  to cause to make a rasping sound c :  to utter in a harsh voice

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to rub or rasp noisily

  8. 2 :  to cause irritation :  jar <a voice that grates on the nerves>

grater noun
gratingly play \ˈgrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb


Origin of grate

Middle English, from Anglo-French grater to scratch, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krazzōn to scratch


First Known Use: 14th century


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grate

noun

Simple Definition of grate

  • : a metal frame with bars across it that is used in a fireplace or to cover an opening

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of grate

  1. 1 a :  a barred frame for cooking over a fire b :  a frame or bed of iron bars to hold a stove or furnace fire c :  fireplace

  2. 2 :  grating 2

  3. 3 obsolete :  cage, prison

Origin of grate

Middle English, from Medieval Latin crata, grata hurdle, alteration of Latin cratis — more at hurdle


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms


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grate

verb

Definition of grate

gratedgrating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to furnish with a grate



1547

First Known Use of grate

1547

Other Architecture Terms


GRATE Defined for Kids

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grate

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verb \ˈgrāt\

Definition of grate for Students

gratedgrating

  1. 1 :  to break into small pieces by rubbing against something rough <grate cheese>

  2. 2 :  to grind or rub against something with a harsh noise

  3. 3 :  to have an irritating effect <His voice grates on me.>




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grate

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noun

Definition of grate for Students

  1. 1 :  a frame containing parallel or crossed bars (as in a window)

  2. 2 :  a frame of iron bars to hold a fire





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