noun \ˈgrid\

: a metal frame with bars running across it that is used to cover an opening

: a pattern of lines that cross each other to form squares on a piece of paper, a map, etc.

: a network of electrical wires and equipment that supplies electricity to a large area

Full Definition of GRID

:  grating
a (1) :  a perforated or ridged metal plate used as a conductor in a storage battery (2) :  an electrode consisting of a mesh or a spiral of fine wire in an electron tube (3) :  a network of conductors for distribution of electric power; also :  a network of radio or television stations
b :  a network of uniformly spaced horizontal and perpendicular lines (as for locating points on a map); also :  something resembling such a network <a road grid>
c :  gridiron 3; broadly :  football
:  the starting positions of cars on a racecourse
:  a device in a photocomposer on which are located the characters to be exposed as the text is composed

Examples of GRID

  1. The students plotted points on a grid.
  2. The city streets form a grid.

Origin of GRID

back-formation from gridiron
First Known Use: 1839

Other Electrical Engineering Terms

feedback, fuse, incandescent, noise, resonance

Rhymes with GRID

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