grating

noun
grat·ing | \ ˈgrā-tiŋ \

Definition of grating 

1 : a wooden or metal lattice used to close or floor an opening

2 : a partition, covering, or frame of parallel bars or crossbars

3 : a system of close equidistant and parallel lines or bars ruled on a polished surface to produce spectra by diffraction

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Spokeswoman Jennifer Elting said the grating at the district's Doan Valley construction site at Ambler Park became clogged with debris and caused flooding at the site. Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com, "Clogged grating at construction site contributed to University Circle flooding," 18 Apr. 2018 For garnishes, a grating of lemon or lime zest on the honeydews or watermelons works nicely; a faint grinding of pink peppercorns on the Charentais draws out the flavors of the Port. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The 5-Minute Dessert of the Summer," 12 July 2018 The grating covering the tunnel was clear on Friday at 11 p.m., Elting said. Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com, "Clogged grating at construction site contributed to University Circle flooding," 18 Apr. 2018 Jandreau’s father, Tim, comfortably plays his grating but devoted dad. Colin Covert, kansascity, "In masterful ‘The Rider,’ a cowboy faces life outside the rodeo," 31 May 2018 There was cheese grating, roux making, onion chopping, vegetable prepping, side dish making. Gordon Edgar, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of America’s Appetite for Macaroni and Cheese," 30 May 2018 But to Roy, the grating, dismayed response from Trump’s detractors was further proof that America had strayed from the Founding Fathers’ vision for a decentralized government. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Chip Roy’s plan to get Washington out of the way includes going there himself," 13 May 2018 There’s plenty of joking, camaraderie, and of course the occasional grating of nerves and clashing of personalities. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Space Cowboys Launching Telescopes From the Middle of Nowhere," 12 Apr. 2018 Prospective buyers can bid on seven identical pieces of the original steel deck grating of the 60-year-old bridge on GovDeals.com. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "You can own a slice of the Mackinac Bridge," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of grating

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grating was in 1622

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More Definitions for grating

grating

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grating

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

grating

noun
grat·ing | \ ˈgrā-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of grating

grating

noun
grat·ing | \ ˈgrāt-iŋ \

Medical Definition of grating 

: a system of close equidistant and parallel lines or bars ruled on a polished surface to produce spectra by diffraction

called also diffraction grating

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