- 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
Examples from the Web for grain
Stalin, now one of the top men in the party, was sent there by Lenin to ensure that grain was getting shipped to Moscow.
Against the Grain By Michael Specter, The New Yorker Should you go gluten-free?The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Oct 27-Nov 2, 2014|William Boot|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With this tool, Death is illustrated in many a 15th-century woodcut mowing down souls as if they were grain.Ebola Rages in West Africa, Reigniting Humanity’s Oldest Fear: The Plague|Scott Bixby|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Mostly vodka and grain alcohol, because that got you really drunk, really fast,” he says.
Decent ryes take anywhere from five to 10 years to age, and there's a shortage of grain producers.Why Rye Is The Nation's Spirit, And Why No One Can Get It|Kayleigh Kulp|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But we would not leave this subject without a grain of caution.The Peanut Plant|B. W. Jones
He was perpetually picking the grain of corn out of the bushel of chaff.
I would sell my grain and return with about as much material as I could carry under my arm.Forty Years Among the Indians|Daniel W. Jones
Just fancy, I saw rats and ran about on all fours to put a grain of salt under their tails.L'Assommoir|Emile Zola
These flocks do much damage to the grain, and hence are known as Jowaree and Cholum birds.Indian Birds|Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for 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)
Word Origin for grain
Word Origin and History for grain
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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Idioms and Phrases with grain
see against the grain; with a grain of salt.