grain

[ greyn ]
/ greɪn /

noun

verb (used with object)

Idioms

    against the/one's grain, in opposition to one's temper, inclination, or character: Haggling always went against her grain.
    with a grain of salt. salt1(def 24).

Origin of grain

1250–1300; Middle English grain, grein < Old French grain < Latin grānum seed, grain; see corn1

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for against the grain

grain

/ (ɡreɪn) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Forms

grainer, noungrainless, adjective

Word Origin for grain

C13: from Old French, from Latin grānum
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Medicine definitions for against the grain

grain

[ grān ]

n.

A small, dry, one-seeded fruit of a cereal grass, having the fruit and the seed walls united.
The fruits of cereal grasses especially after having been harvested, considered as a group.
A relatively small discrete particulate or crystalline mass.
A unit of weight in the US Customary System, an avoirdupois unit equal to 0.002286 ounce (0.065 gram).
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Science definitions for against the grain

grain

[ grān ]

See caryopsis.
A small particle of something, such as salt, pollen, or sand.
A unit of weight in the US Customary System, equal to 21000 of an ounce (0.07 gram). See Table at measurement.
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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)

grain


see against the grain; with a grain of salt.

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