\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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The planet is already experiencing the extreme impacts of climate change, from this summer’s record-breaking wildfires to heatwaves crashing electricity grids on four continents. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "12 Activists Blocked an Oil Tanker Transporting From the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline in Canada," 6 Sep. 2018 The carbon-free energy, however, regularly causes migraines for operators at the Bonneville Power Administration, based in Portland, Ore., who manage the regional electricity grid. Peter Fairley, Scientific American, "Weather-Smart Electric Grids Are Needed for Wind and Solar Power to Surge," 13 July 2018 But a recharging station with six of these high-voltage chargers would put enough strain on the electricity grid to cause a blackout and melt ordinary power cables, said Ulrich Spiesshofer, ABB’s chief executive. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Racing Series Helps Show the Way to a Battery-Powered Future," 5 July 2018 Legislation to create a new, regional organization to manage the electricity grid across several Western states survived a vote in a key California Senate committee Tuesday, even as several senators expressed serious misgivings about the bill. David R. Baker,, "Bill to share control of California’s electric grid advances," 19 June 2018 Once complete, the project was to have added 17% more capacity to Colombia's electricity grid. Chris Kraul,, "2,000 Colombians evacuated, tens of thousands more put on alert amid fears of dam collapse," 19 May 2018 But electric planes, powered by batteries that can be recharged on the ground from the electricity grid, produce no emissions in flight. NBC News, "Electric planes promise big benefits for air passengers and the planet," 4 Apr. 2018 The new generation may not even require new power plants if grid operators, regulators and drivers can get on the same page as far as timing goes, McKerracher said. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Why Charging Your Electric Car at Night Could Save the World," 26 Feb. 2018 That could mean cyberattacks on nuclear command and control systems or civilian infrastructure, like the electricity grid or air-traffic-control system, arms-control experts have concluded. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Donald Trump Is Playing a Dangerous Game of Nuclear Poker," 1 Feb. 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


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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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