\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jack is a sort of urban mercenary who has a very compelling reason to live off the grid. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, "The Dubious Anonymity Of Virtual Currency Transactions," 10 May 2021 The fact that her mother is a movie star who’s moved to off-grid Mendocino to escape Hollywood complicates the investigation. Washington Post, "In her novel ‘When the Stars Go Dark,’ Paula McLain draws on abuse cases, including her own," 23 Apr. 2021 With a woodsy, mountain-retreat theme that is warm and welcoming and a location that is remote and purposefully off the grid, stepping into Kamp Kava is surprisingly transformative. Ben Crandell,, "Kamp Kava is like relaxing in a hidden mountain cabin — just off State Road 7," 21 Apr. 2021 Airbnb has quite a few charming places to escape to, including an off-the-grid home in the California desert. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "Flowers Are Nice, But These Unique Mother’s Day Gifts Are Even Better," 20 Apr. 2021 The hydrogen will then be converted into electricity that can be deployed when demand on the grid is high. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDG&E pledges to go to net-zero emissions by 2045," 26 Apr. 2021 His performance to start the year has been disappointing compared to other smaller teams on the grid that have fought into the top-10 or even top-5 at times. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Here's our report card on all 24 drivers after IndyCar's race at St. Pete," 26 Apr. 2021 Starwood operates and controls 6 gigawatts of natural gas in the U.S. including 550 megawatts on the Texas grid. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Power plant developer pitches rival plan to Warren Buffett’s Texas grid rescue," 23 Apr. 2021 The number of electric cars cruising Minnesota roadways is growing rapidly every year, spurring new demands on the electrical grid to keep them all charged. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Is Minnesota's power grid ready for widespread electric cars?," 23 Apr. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Grid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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