grat·​ing | \ ˈgrā-tiŋ How to pronounce grating (audio) \

Definition of grating

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of grating (Entry 2 of 2)

: causing irritation or annoyance a grating habit It's not just that the interruptions themselves are grating to watch: what's worse is the hostilities they create.— Heather Schwedel often : having a harsh or unpleasant sound a grating voice/accent If you just imagined that last quote spoken in Gottfried's grating, obnoxious yelling, that's now how you would hear him on the phone. — Blake Hannon The truck braked noisily with a grating shriek of steel. — Mildred D. Taylor

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Other Words from grating


gratingly adverb
a gratingly harsh sound Something in Orcutt's proprietary manner had irritated her at that first meeting, something she found gratingly egotistical in his expansive courtesy … — Philip Roth

Synonyms & Antonyms for grating

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of grating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Components will be used in the construction of wind turbine foundation boat landings, ladders, internal and exterior platforms, railings, grating and other items. Lorraine Mirabella,, 14 Oct. 2021 As sendup of the Trumpian belligerent-know-nothing politics that only heightened (and expanded well beyond the U.S.) during COVID, the effect is awfully broad as well as grating. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 11 Sep. 2021 The luster of the production can teeter on grating, undercutting the depth accomplished when their experiments enter new territory. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 2 Sep. 2021 No, the Longhorns hadn’t taken a detour into an alternate universe where Tom Herman was still offering some of his favorite grating soundbites at Big 12 media days. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 15 July 2021 It is made from food-safe stainless steel and features a sharp grating blade. Chris Hachey, BGR, 24 June 2021 Each 55-gallon barrel weighs about 470 pounds and holds around 140 pieces of the grating, according to the website. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2021 The sharp, etched stainless steel grating surface makes for an easier time. Chris Hachey, BGR, 24 June 2021 Rowley’s voice won me over pretty quickly, though perhaps an actor would have made the niece and nephew Maisie and Grant less grating. Marshall Heyman, Vulture, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of grating


1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1563, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grating was in 1563

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16 Oct 2021

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“Grating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grating

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


grat·​ing | \ ˈgrā-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of grating


grat·​ing | \ ˈgrāt-iŋ How to pronounce grating (audio) \

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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