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grain

[ greyn ]
/ greɪn /
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noun
verb (used with object)
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Idioms about grain

    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 forms of grain

grainer, noungrainless, adjective

Word Origin for grain

C13: from Old French, from Latin grānum
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Medical 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).
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific 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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Other Idioms and Phrases with grain

grain

see against the grain; with a grain of salt.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
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