noun (often used with a singular verb)
Origin of grains
- 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 grainscereal, corn, fiber, kernel, mote, morsel, whit, spark, speck, pellet, scrap, modicum, tittle, iota, jot, trace, fragment, scintilla, molecule, atom
Examples from the Web for grains
Contemporary Examples of grains
Baijiu is a general Chinese term for spirits made from grains.The Most Powerful Liquor in the World
August 24, 2014
From there, you can reintroduce some of the “grey area” foods like dairy and grains to see how you tolerate them.In Defense of the Paleo Diet
Chris Kresser, M.S., L.AC.
January 16, 2014
All grains produce lectins, which selectively bind to unique proteins on the surfaces of bacteria, fungi, and insects.Wheat Threatens All Humans, New Research Shows
David Perlmutter, MD
December 10, 2013
All things considered, lower levels of U.S. economic activity tend to lead to lower demand for grains, steel, and oil.Shutdown? What Shutdown? It’s Time to Buy U.S. Government Bonds!
September 23, 2013
And most American exports consist of goods like grains, or cherries, or electric turbines, or airplanes.Give Me Your Studious: American Universities Are Prolific Exporters
August 22, 2013
Historical Examples of grains
The malting of grains, it will be remembered, is explained in Cereals.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
No grains are crushed or damaged by the feet or shovels of workmen.
Brewers' grains are the residue of barley malt and corn grits.Government by the Brewers?
Do not use a spoon, as that will not loosen the grains sufficiently.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
With grains that feed the Cannon's breath, And boom his sentences of death!
- 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.