Dictionary.com

grate

1
[ greyt ]
/ greɪt /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: grate / grating on Thesaurus.com

noun

a frame of metal bars for holding fuel when burning, as in a fireplace, furnace, or stove.
a framework of parallel or crossed bars, used as a partition, guard, cover, or the like; grating.
a fireplace.

verb (used with object), grat·ed, grat·ing.

to furnish with a grate or grates.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of grate

1
1350–1400; Middle English <Medieval Latin grāta a grating, variant of crāta, derivative of Latin crāt- (stem of crātis) wickerwork, hurdle; cf. crate
grateless, adjectivegratelike, adjective

Definition for grate (2 of 2)

grate2
[ greyt ]
/ greɪt /

verb (used without object), grat·ed, grat·ing.

verb (used with object), grat·ed, grat·ing.

Origin of grate

2
1375–1425; late Middle English graten<Old French grater<Germanic; compare German kratzen to scratch
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for grate (1 of 2)

grate1
/ (ɡreɪt) /

verb

(tr) to reduce to small shreds by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surfaceto grate carrots
to scrape (an object) against something or (objects) together, producing a harsh rasping sound, or (of objects) to scrape with such a sound
(intr; foll by on or upon) to annoy

noun

a harsh rasping sound
C15: from Old French grater to scrape, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German krazzōn

British Dictionary definitions for grate (2 of 2)

grate2
/ (ɡreɪt) /

noun

a framework of metal bars for holding fuel in a fireplace, stove, or furnace
a less common word for fireplace
another name for grating 1 (def. 1)
mining a perforated metal screen for grading crushed ore

verb

(tr) to provide with a grate or grates
C14: from Old French grate, from Latin crātis hurdle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Get Online Help For Kids!