\ ˈgrid How to pronounce grid (audio) \

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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With the Briton hampered by a grid penalty and then front wing damage, the race to the flag was between talented 21-year-olds Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. Sarah Holt, CNN, "British Grand Prix: Can Lewis Hamilton overtake Michael Schumacher in Formula 1's record books?," 11 July 2019 Preliminary renderings for the three different development scenarios will cover types and sizes of potential buildings or green space, street grid options, and the possibilities of development in phases. Chris Mayhew,, "Covington will share development ideas for 23-acre Downtown IRS site Thursday," 10 July 2019 It is slated to include a track that meets state law enforcement standards, a street grid, a skills pad, an observation tower, fuel tanks, buildings and a vehicle garage. San Diego Union-Tribune, "County preparing to build $30M police vehicle training course in Otay," 10 July 2019 The part of PG&E’s grid that includes the Caribou-Palermo line, known as the Caribou-Valona system, is so old that segments were considered candidates for the National Register of Historic Places at one point by federal agencies. Russell Gold, WSJ, "PG&E Knew for Years Its Lines Could Spark Wildfires, and Didn’t Fix Them," 10 July 2019 Solar energy is widely considered an essential part of addressing climate change by weaning the electric grid from fossil fuels. Ivan Penn, New York Times, "Florida, the Sunshine State, Is Slow to Adopt Rooftop Solar Power," 7 July 2019 The aerial images collected from the drones — flown in a grid pattern over the basin — are turned into photo maps and digital elevation models using special software. Author: Nolin Ainsworth, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists take to the air to study outburst floods of glacial basin near Juneau," 6 July 2019 India's smaller grid means that it is only committed to about the same total as the US, and its committed emissions started dropping in 2014, as did China's. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Analysis says we need to stop building fossil fuel plants now," 2 July 2019 That need is increasing interest in energy-storage technology—in particular, lithium-ion batteries, which are finally poised to be more than just a bit player in the grid. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Utility-Scale Energy Storage Will Enable a Renewable Grid," 1 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce grid (audio) \

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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