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

Examples of grating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Hanover Street bridge was temporarily closed Monday after it was discovered grating was missing on some sections, according to the Baltimore Department of Transportation. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Baltimore’s Hanover Street bridge temporarily shut down for missing grates," 26 Aug. 2019 Standing tall at the top, the ape intoned his grating, mechanical laugh. David L. Craddock, Ars Technica, "How a basement hacker transformed Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600," 14 Sep. 2019 Today’s lunch version is whisper-light and fragrant: parboiled rice, drained and tossed with a huge pile of raw grated zucchini, lemon zest, a splash of cream and a grating of Parmesan. New York Times, "We Asked a Chef to Keep a Cooking Diary for a Week. Here’s What She Made.," 27 Aug. 2019 But some real estate brokers can find its outsize influence grating., "Zillow now ‘sees’ fancy countertops or hardwood floors — and adjusts its price estimates accordingly," 27 June 2019 Use a microplane to give the drink 5-6 gratings fresh horseradish. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "In Praise of the Morning Cocktail," 25 June 2019 That’s good news for gourmet diners: A 10-gram grating at New York’s Del Posto restaurant will now set you back a mere $190, down from $240 last year. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Foodies Rejoice as White Truffle Prices Sink," 1 Dec. 2018 Their gratings, typically more generous than the 10-gram standard, cost about 950 Hong Kong dollars (US$121). Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Foodies Rejoice as White Truffle Prices Sink," 1 Dec. 2018 Once the chocolate melts, drizzle with your best olive oil, shower with a grating of orange zest and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of grating

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


grat·​ing | \ ˈgrā-tiŋ\

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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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