- 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 graining
To keep the syrup from graining add one-fourth teaspoonful of cream of tartar.Candy-Making at Home|Mary M. Wright
Graining out of surfaces often results from priming a surface too soon as well as too late.Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting|Mayton Clarence Hillick
The graining of chestnut may be done in either oil by wiping or in distemper.Graining and Marbling|Frederick Maire
The liquor underneath may also be run off without disturbing the sediment to be used in graining a similar cheap soap.
Repeat the process of closing, graining and settling and take a sample of lye.
British Dictionary definitions for graining (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for graining (2 of 2)
- 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)
Derived Formsgrainer, noungrainless, adjective
Word Origin for grain
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Idioms and Phrases with graining
see against the grain; with a grain of salt.