grid

noun
\ 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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The operator of California’s electrical grid to call for voluntary conservation of power Tuesday and Wednesday due to high temperatures in much of the West. Anita Snow, The Seattle Times, "US Southwest sizzles as temperatures near 120 degrees," 23 July 2018 Moore County is part of the Southwest Power Pool, a subset of the larger Eastern Interconnection grid. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "Virginia company to build $1.2 billion Panhandle wind farm," 13 July 2018 The museum concludes with the design and construction of the arch itself, which was an urban renewal project that led to the loss of the colonial-era street grid, and hundreds of buildings, many erected in the 19th century. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 The museum concludes with the design and construction of the arch itself, which was an urban renewal project that led to the loss of the colonial-era street grid, and hundreds of buildings, many erected in the 19th century. Philip Kennicott, chicagotribune.com, "50 years later, the St. Louis Arch emerges with a new name and a skeptical view of western expansion," 26 June 2018 Independent energy analysts have largely rejected this argument, saying adding renewable energy actually increases the reliability of the grid. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Trump is preparing an actual bailout of the coal industry.," 1 June 2018 About one-third of the deaths were attributed to delays or interruptions in health care, which in many cases was a result of widespread power outages across the island for weeks and months after the storm knocked out 80 percent of the island’s grid. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Stunning new Hurricane Maria death toll confirms Puerto Rico’s devastating losses after the storm," 30 May 2018 Finding clean fuel for planes, ships, and other forms of transport hard to plug into a clean energy grid remains one of the biggest challenges for reducing climate changing emissions. Munyaradzi Makoni, The Christian Science Monitor, "South African planes may soon fly on waste plants," 27 June 2018 Treasury said the sanctions were a response to a number of cyberattacks, including last year's NotPetya attack, as well as intrusions into the U.S. energy grid and global network infrastructure. NBC News, "U.S. hits five Russian firms with sanctions, citing cyberattacks," 11 June 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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grid

noun

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

grid

noun
\ 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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