end grain

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noun

wood grain, as at the end of a board, resulting from a cut across the grain.

Origin of end grain

First recorded in 1880–85
Related formsend-grain, adjective
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Historical Examples of end grain

  • Oxford University has most of the blocks for a decorated alphabet he engraved on end-grain wood for Dr. Fell in 1674.

  • We know from Jackson's contemporary account that end-grain wood engraving was standard practice in England from about 1700.