cross grain

noun

Definition of cross grain

1 : a grain running transversely to the regular grain or not parallel to the long axis of the piece (as in certain wood)
2 : interweaving grain in lumber

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“Cross grain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cross%20grain. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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