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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 Crow said that Antone in particular came across as conspiracy-minded and grating., "2 women became stars of Arizona's Patriot movement by antagonizing foes. Then they clashed," 1 Oct. 2020 When light passes through it, the grating causes an interference pattern such that different wavelengths bend different amounts. Rhett Allain, Wired, "Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet," 26 Sep. 2020 And proof can be found in their grating apologies that don't apologize. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: About that set-up," 6 Sep. 2020 In general, a food processor is more multifunctional than a blender, thanks to its slower speed and variety of blades that can be used for slicing, grating, making dough and more. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to choose between food processors and blenders for your cooking projects," 7 Aug. 2020 Top each glass with a dash of nutmeg for flavor and a grating of orange peel for color, and you're finished. Lauren Phillips, Southern Living, "How to Spike Store-Bought Eggnog," 29 June 2020 The solution then is to grate the cheese fresh off the block or skip the grating process completely, says Mary Rizzo, owner of The Cheese Traveler shop in Albany, New York. Popular Science, "Almost everything you know about cheese is wrong," 4 June 2020 What with all the peeling, the grating, bandaging the cuts and cursing the darkness, there’s a job for everyone. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "What to do with all those potatoes you stockpiled: Make delectable savory pancakes," 7 May 2020 The Allen Institute team found the opposite: Static gratings interested the fewest neurons; Welles had a much bigger fan base. Sharon Begley, Scientific American, "What Mice Watching Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil Can Teach Scientists about Vision," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grating

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


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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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