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 stationsb : a network of uniformly spaced horizontal and perpendicular lines (as for locating points on a map); also : something resembling such a network a road gridc : gridiron 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 of grid from the Web
Using cheaper overnight electricity from the grid, a large refrigerator chills water mixed with glycol (a component of antifreeze) below the freezing point.
In several regions, especially at night when demand is lower, grid operators will signal coal and nuclear plants to reduce production and let wind displace their output.
Politically, the feeling is some of the efforts that are being put into resuscitating some of the older infrastructure that should be transitioning off the grid … is not a very good investment of taxpayer money or, really, political energy.
A wire grid, rather than a catwalk system, allows lighting techs to walk anywhere to tend the lights.
Title rival Lewis Hamilton clawed his Mercedes through the field to finish a commendable seventh from 13th on the grid.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry is conducting a study of the U.S. electric grid to examine whether policies favoring wind and solar energy are accelerating the retirement of coal and nuclear power plants.
With a goal of expanding the country’s power grid and energy development, the Mexican government has welcomed bids from foreign companies, many of them based in the U.S.
It can also be used to draw an invisible grid that overlays the keyboard, thereby recording anything that is typed, including passwords:
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Origin and Etymology of grid
back-formation from gridiron
First Known Use: 1839
GRID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grid for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of grid for Students
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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