: a perforated or ridged metal plate used as a conductor in a storage battery
: an electrode consisting of a mesh or a spiral of fine wire in an electron tube
: a network of conductors for distribution of electric power
also : a network of radio or television stations
: 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
: the starting positions of cars on a racecourse
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The only thing that populated on my [grid] was everything Drag Race. Joey Nolfi,, 8 Apr. 2024 New Survey Shows Mixed Results FBI director Christopher Wray warned a congressional committee in January about Chinese hackers targeting critical U.S. infrastructure such as water treatment plants, electric grids, energy pipelines, and transportation. Koh Ewe, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 The California Independent System Operator, which manages the power system for about 80 percent of the state and a small portion of Nevada, does not anticipate any service interruptions on Monday — even though the amount of solar energy on California’s grid has increased sharply in recent years. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2024 Etched into the book’s jet black cover is a grid evoking Upper Manhattan, a few of its streets embedded with silver bands of pavé-set diamonds sourced by London jewelers Bentley and Skinner. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2024 That said, the corporate world can be slow to change, and most people are unaccustomed to seeing a bobbing head on the Zoom grid. Tatum Hunter, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 Although not new, a second approach, called nacelle testing,includes simulating wind fields, rotor blades, and the electrical grid, which collectively allows researchers to simulate various wind and grid conditions. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Apr. 2024 American enthusiasm quickly faded once local talent was no longer racking up wins or even present on the grid. Ryan Erik King / Jalopnik, Quartz, 2 Apr. 2024 The game will present you with a six by eight grid of letters. Erik Kain, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'grid.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


back-formation from gridiron

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grid was in 1839

Dictionary Entries Near grid

Cite this Entry

“Grid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a metal plate used as a conductor in a storage battery
: an element of an electron tube consisting of a network of fine wire
: a network of horizontal and perpendicular lines (as for locating points on a map using coordinates or for counting a sample of particles or organisms on a microscope slide)
: a network of conductors for distribution of electrical power
also : a network of radio or television stations

More from Merriam-Webster on grid

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!