grain

noun
\ ˈgrān How to pronounce grain (audio) \

Definition of grain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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 (such as the soybean)
c : plants producing grain
2a(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
3a : 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
4a : 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 Weights and Measures Table
6a : 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
8a : natural disposition : temper lying goes against my grain
b : a basic or characteristic quality
c : a prevalent ideology or convention teaching against the grain

grain

verb
grained; graining; grains

Definition of grain (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from grain

Noun

grained \ ˈgrānd How to pronounce grained (audio) \ adjective
grainless adjective

Verb

grainer noun

Examples of grain in a Sentence

Noun bread made from whole wheat grain The machine grinds grain into flour. The farm grows a variety of grains. Anyone with a grain of sense knows that she's lying. There is not a grain of truth in what he said.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The research team concluded that larger shreds of plastic, just slightly smaller than a grain of rice, had been swept up in nearby cities by storms and dropped with rain or snow. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Plastic particles are raining from the sky — just another front for a pervasive pollutant," 23 June 2020 Pumpkin seed pate with sunflower mayonnaise, pickles, tomato and lettuce on whole grain bread. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "These Black-owned vegan soul food restaurants are the best in the country, according to PETA," 23 June 2020 The whole point of a protest is to go against the grain. Lauryn Hill, Wired, "3 Black Photographers on Capturing the George Floyd Protests," 10 June 2020 From the New World, the grain was introduced to Africa in the 1500s. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "South Texas staples menudo, rice and barbecue all have African roots," 17 June 2020 Ascough tosses corn and grain pellets at the chickens, hens, ducks and roosters. Sarah Haselhorst, Cincinnati.com, "A city farm, created to help repair the world, sows seeds of hope and offers food to go," 15 June 2020 The 86-year-old trader has been dealing in the grain since the days of Emperor Haile Selassie. The Economist, "Production lions How manufacturing might take off in Africa," 13 June 2020 Meanwhile, Barrett was getting the lesson of a lifetime in the fine-grain details of running a brick-and-mortar restaurant. al, "‘It’s a rebirth:’ Mobile restaurant changes its game amid epidemic," 12 June 2020 This stylish bag is made from full-grain leather and comes in three colors. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "These Stylish Leather Goods Make Perfect Father’s Day Gifts — and They’re 20% Off Right Now," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb White Ash features more subtle graining while Black Ash has a dark grain that contrasts with its light background. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Know Which Wood Flooring Type Is Right for You," 13 Mar. 2020 The cereal grains mixed with clover attract deer first while the brassicas stand tall and are accessible above snow in northern areas for late-season forage. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "How to Prepare Your Food Plots This Winter for Deer Hunting Success in the Fall," 14 Feb. 2020 Microphenomena, such as tornadoes, may be missed because models are not sufficiently fine-grained. The Economist, "Climate change could put insurance firms out of business," 17 Sep. 2019 Each one would resemble the (A) to (E) outline above, but would be much more finely grained. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem Doesn’t Need to Be Enhanced," 3 June 2019 The surface appears to be very, very fine-grained. . . . Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "East Eighty-eighth Street and East End Avenue," 25 May 2018 Within 15 minutes, a portion of this radioactive dust — mostly grains the size of salt or sand — would begin to fall directly on the city. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018 The raw flesh of the fish is opalescent, fine-grained and smooth and nearly translucent, with a flavor to match. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 As in other full-size pickups at this price, the dashboard is largely made up of hard plastics, although their graining looks nice and most critical touch points inside the F-150 are made from softer materials. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "2018 Ford F-150 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 4x2 SuperCrew," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of grain

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for grain

Noun

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

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The first known use of grain was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grain. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for grain

grain

noun
How to pronounce grain (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grain

: 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

grain

noun
\ ˈgrān How to pronounce grain (audio) \

Kids Definition of grain

1 : the edible seed or seeds of some grasses (as wheat, corn, or oats) or a few other plants (as buckwheat)
2 : plants that produce grain
3 : a small hard particle a grain of sand
4 : a tiny amount a grain of truth
5 : a unit of weight equal to 0.0648 gram
6 : the arrangement of fibers in wood

Other Words from grain

grained \ ˈgrānd \ adjective

grain

noun
\ ˈgrān How to pronounce grain (audio) \

Medical Definition of grain

1a : 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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