grain

[ greyn ]
/ greɪn /
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for grain

grain

/ (ɡreɪn) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formsgrainer, noungrainless, adjective

Word Origin for grain

C13: from Old French, from Latin grānum
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Word Origin and History for grain

grain


n.

early 13c., "scarlet dye made from insects" (late 12c. in surnames), from Old French grain (12c.) "seed, grain, particle, berry, scarlet dye" (see kermes for last sense), from Latin granum "seed, a grain, small kernel" (see corn (n.1)).

As a collective singular meaning "seed of wheat and allied grasses used as food," it is attested from early 14c. Extended from c.1300 to other objects (e.g. salt, sand). As a unit of weight, from 1540s. Used of wood (1560s), from the arrangement of fibers, which resemble seeds. Hence, against the grain (1650), a metaphor from carpentry: cutting across the fibers of the wood is more difficult than cutting along them.

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Medicine definitions for 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 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 grain

grain


see against the grain; with a grain of salt.

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