- the fibers or yarn in a piece of fabric as differentiated from the fabric itself.
- the direction of threads in a woven fabric in relation to the selvage.
verb (used with object)
- to remove the hair from (skins).
- to soften and raise the grain of (leather).
Origin of grain
British Dictionary definitions for against the grain
- the general direction or arrangement of the fibrous elements in paper or woodto saw across the grain
- the pattern or texture of wood resulting from such an arrangementthe attractive grain of the table
- the granular texture of a rock, mineral, etc
- the appearance of a rock, mineral, etc, determined by the size and arrangement of its constituents
- the outer (hair-side) layer of a hide or skin from which the hair or wool has been removed
- the pattern on the outer surface of such a hide or skin
verb (mainly tr)
- to remove the hair or wool from (a hide or skin) before tanning
- to raise the grain pattern on (leather)
Derived Formsgrainer, noungrainless, adjective
Word Origin for grain
Medicine definitions for against the grain
Science definitions for against the grain
Idioms and Phrases with against the grain (1 of 2)
against the grain
Opposed to one's inclination or preference, as in We followed the new supervisor's advice, though it went against the grain. This metaphor refers to the natural direction of the fibers in a piece of wood, called its grain; when sawed obliquely, or “against the grain,” the wood will tend to splinter. [c. 1600] For a synonym, see rub the wrong way.
Idioms and Phrases with against the grain (2 of 2)
see against the grain; with a grain of salt.