- 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.
- to remove the hair from (skins).
- to soften and raise the grain of (leather).
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This vast country with enormous agricultural resources having to turn to its archenemy for grain.How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|August 6, 2020|Freakonomics
A mid-June survey from Meijer’s campaign found him ahead of Afendoulis by 24 points, 41 percent to 17 percent, although we should take internal polls with a grain of salt.What You Need To Know About Today’s Elections In Kansas, Michigan And Missouri|Nathaniel Rakich (firstname.lastname@example.org)|August 4, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Scary radiation effects seen in lab animals or cell cultures should be taken with a grain of salt.What will astronauts need to survive the dangerous journey to Mars?|Maria Temming|July 15, 2020|Science News
County officials told NBC 7 San Diego to take the increases with a grain of salt.Morning Report: MTS Says Its Officers Are Exempt from State Law|Voice of San Diego|June 26, 2020|Voice of San Diego
This allowed the vehicle to trundle up hills of loose grains.Wiggly wheels might help rovers plow through loose lunar soils|Maria Temming|June 26, 2020|Science News For Students
Spanish oak, which has an open grain and high levels of tannin, gives you dried fruit, spice, and even chocolate flavors.
Stalin, now one of the top men in the party, was sent there by Lenin to ensure that grain was getting shipped to Moscow.
Feast your eyes on the ‘top-grain leather,’ ‘original’ design, gilded pages.
I am holding in my hand a book, bound in black “genuine top-grain” leather.
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
And I have not had the first morsel of food prepared from this grain offered me since I reached the shores of Europe.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Even if poverty were gone, the flail could still beat hard enough upon the grain and chaff of humanity.
The small grain crops had been burned to a crisp, and disaster hung over the land.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
The delicious soft rains set in early, promising a good grain year.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
It laid its hold upon agriculture, sowing and reaping the grain and transporting it to the ends of the earth.
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
- to remove the hair or wool from (a hide or skin) before tanning
- to raise the grain pattern on (leather)
Derived forms of graingrainer, noungrainless, adjective
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see against the grain; with a grain of salt.