- 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
Synonyms for grain
Related Words for graincereal, corn, fiber, kernel, mote, morsel, whit, spark, speck, pellet, scrap, modicum, tittle, iota, jot, trace, fragment, scintilla, molecule, atom
Examples from the Web for grain
Contemporary Examples of 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.Kotkin Biography Reveals Stalin's Evil Pragmatism
November 30, 2014
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
November 2, 2014
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
August 4, 2014
“Mostly vodka and grain alcohol, because that got you really drunk, really fast,” he says.Jim Norton And His Many Vices
July 25, 2014
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
July 12, 2014
Historical Examples of grain
As a result the grain in the Egyptian markets had greatly increased in value.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The object may be as small as a grain of dust or as big as a warship; to the water it is all the same.The Conquest of Fear
When the grain is sufficiently grown it is elevated to the kilns.
He collected what he wanted grain by grain from bushels of chaff.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
She went with him to haul the grain to mill and was fascinated by the big scales.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- 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
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.
see against the grain; with a grain of salt.