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Definition of grid

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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web But charging a car from the electric grid might still produce significant emissions indirectly if power plants use dirty fuels. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The story of cheaper batteries, from smartphones to Teslas," 22 May 2020 The city’s piazza was fixed in the middle of the grid, and the eight principal directions of the compass radiated out from it. National Geographic, "Leonardo da Vinci transformed mapping from art to science," 21 May 2020 Suddenly, the cliche ‘a pop of colour’ means something again, because these sweats burst out of the grid, making everything else around them seem gray in comparison. Connie Wang,, "How This Matching Sweatsuit Became The Unofficial Uniform Of Quarantine," 21 Apr. 2020 That thicknet-style dump of energy can be distributed into different parts of the grid all at once. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Wind Turbines Are Getting Wild," 13 Nov. 2019 Missing from the proposals — particularly the Rosales and Green Ribbon designs — was any sense of how the land between the Mall and North Coast Harbor could be redesigned to create more room for development, or even an extension of the city grid. Steven Litt,, "Bridge debate to nowhere: Lakefront pedestrian connection stuck while Mayor Jackson stays mum — Steven Litt," 1 Sep. 2019 An inn in Switzerland; barn-size gallery buildings in a stately grid in the desert; plans for landscapes and compounds. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "The Minimized Life," 15 May 2020 My vision was to have a grid with 12 multiword phrases of 9- to 10-letter lengths, swaths of white space, and an uncluttered pattern of black squares. Caitlin Lovinger, New York Times, "Hefty Barriers to Entry," 15 May 2020 This is West Creek; a green ribbon meandering through the urban grid of Ohio’s 7th largest city. John Pana, cleveland, "The future bike trail that will connect Parma to the Towpath," 15 May 2020

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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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2 Jun 2020

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“Grid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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