\ 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 And last summer, an electric school bus in Beverly was used to provide more than 50 hours of energy back to the electricity grid. Sabrina Shankman,, 3 Aug. 2022 In the decade between 2010 and 2020, just 8 gigawatts of storage was added to the grid. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 1 Aug. 2022 Things could be as cheap here in the US, Griffith notes, if towns reduced red tape (zoning laws and building codes, mostly) and states reformed their rules on liability and connecting to the grid. Wired, 31 July 2022 Countries such as Mexico, Brazil and Bolivia are also undergoing droughts that have affected everything from agriculture to the power grid. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 Damage to the power grid was so widespread that, for around an hour on Monday night, a 911 outage affected the Fairbanks-North Star Borough, Denali Borough and Delta Junction area. Jacob Feuerstein, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2022 School district’s pilot with tech company Nuvve and SDG&E marks the nation’s first ‘vehicle-to-grid’ project to go online. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2022 The plant will now make subsea transmission cables to bring power generated by offshore wind to the electrical grid. Seung Min Kim And Matthew Daly, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2022 Adding gigawatts of extra electricity demand to the power grid will, inevitably, slow down the US transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Nicolas Rivero, Quartz, 20 July 2022 See More

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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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6 Aug 2022

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“Grid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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