grader

noun

grad·​er ˈgrā-dər How to pronounce grader (audio)
1
: one that grades
2
: a machine for leveling earth
3
: a pupil in a school grade
a fifth grader

Examples of grader in a Sentence

Her students say that she's a tough grader.
Recent Examples on the Web Mikal Bridges in gym class with fourth graders at PS 134. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 22 Mar. 2024 Beginning next school year, third graders who don’t receive a passing score on the state’s IREAD exam and don’t meet certain exemptions will have to repeat the year. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Mar. 2024 Facebook and later Instagram became places where many sixth and seventh graders were hanging out and socializing. Jonathan Haidt, The Atlantic, 13 Mar. 2024 Sixth graders participate in a multiday art project after studying great painters such as Matisse. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 The December 2012 shooting marked the first mass shooting at an elementary school in the U.S., when a gunman killed 20 first graders and 6 educators. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2024 All Indiana schools will offer summer school to students in second grade who are at risk of not being reading proficient and third graders who are not reading proficient. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Mar. 2024 Juan Rondeau, a 15-year-old ninth grader at Westminster Christian School who won last year’s bee for Miami-Dade and Monroe for the third time in a row, joined the panel as the assistant judge. Jimena Tavel, Miami Herald, 7 Mar. 2024 Even with graders, plows and tractors to help them clear snow, emergency personnel and tow trucks struggled to reach motorists for hours, some of whom were forced to abandon their cars on the highway. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 2 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grader was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Grader.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grader. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

grader

noun
grad·​er ˈgrād-ər How to pronounce grader (audio)
1
: one that grades
2
: a machine for leveling earth
3
: a pupil in a school grade
a group of sixth graders

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