\ˈgrid \

Definition of grid 

1 : grating

2a(1) : a perforated or ridged metal plate used as a conductor in a storage battery

(2) : an electrode consisting of a mesh or a spiral of fine wire in an electron tube

(3) : a network of conductors for distribution of electric power also : a network of radio or television stations

b : a network of uniformly spaced horizontal and perpendicular lines (as for locating points on a map) also : something resembling such a network a road grid

c : gridiron sense 3 broadly : football

3 : the starting positions of cars on a racecourse

4 : a device in a photocomposer on which are located the characters to be exposed as the text is composed

Examples of grid in a Sentence

The students plotted points on a grid. The city streets form a grid.

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Like the Park Avenue project, Legacy Lofts would use old shipping containers as a structural grid, Melvin said. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Condo towers would bring taste of New York to Tobin Hill," 13 July 2018 The public-power groups generally oppose the plan to create a multi-state power grid. Jeff Mcdonald,, "California power grid expansion bill again moves forward," 26 June 2018 Despite a stronger grid, the storm knocked out power to 90 percent of customers, which FPL blames mostly on overgrown vegetation. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "FPL opens Category 5 storm center in Davie — first in Broward," 21 June 2018 As hurricane season officially began last week, more than a third of Puerto Rican schools remain permanently closed, residents still suffer a lack of essential services and a teetering energy grid was still being relied on. Allie Raffa, Fox News, "Post-Maria Puerto Rican migration leaves evacuees fighting for their future in Central Florida," 4 June 2018 Electricity woes continue to plague the island, where 91% of power generation has been restored but the grid is prone to sudden outages. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "For Puerto Rico, the Return to Business as Usual Is Slow," 19 Mar. 2018 Massie doesn't pay utility bills in his off-the-grid house in Lewis County, about two hours away from Cincinnati. Scott Wartman,, "Thomas Massie powers his house with a Tesla battery. And the Congressman made a video about it.," 8 Feb. 2018 Although virtual power plant participants can't go fully off-grid during normal operations, the panels and battery will work in a blackout. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tesla and South Australia at it again, this time building a virtual power plant," 5 Feb. 2018 But logging on from an ocean view office, or a dreamy writing desk in an off-the-grid island ranch? Sunset, "Hawaii Tourism Is Sponsoring People to WFH on the Islands," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of grid

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grid

back-formation from gridiron

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English Language Learners Definition of grid

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

: a pattern of lines that cross each other to form squares on a piece of paper, a map, etc.

: a network of electrical wires and equipment that supplies electricity to a large area


\ˈgrid \

Kids Definition of grid

1 : a network of horizontal and perpendicular lines (as for locating places on a map)

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

3 : a group of electrical conductors that form a network

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one that holds something together

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