grating

1
[grey-ting]

noun

a fixed frame of bars or the like covering an opening to exclude persons, animals, coarse material, or objects while admitting light, air, or fine material.

Nearby words

  1. gratify,
  2. gratifying,
  3. gratin,
  4. gratinate,
  5. gratinated,
  6. gratingly,
  7. gratiné,
  8. gratis,
  9. gratitude,
  10. grattage

Origin of grating

1
First recorded in 1605–15; grate1 + -ing1

grating

2
[grey-ting]

adjective

irritating or unpleasant to one's feelings.
(of a sound or noise) harsh, discordant, or rasping.

Origin of grating

2
First recorded in 1555–65; grate2 + -ing2

Related formsgrat·ing·ly, adverb

grate

1
[greyt]

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.

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

Related formsgrate·less, adjectivegrate·like, adjective

grate

2
[greyt]

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

to have an irritating or unpleasant effect: His constant chatter grates on my nerves.
to make a sound of, or as if of, rough scraping; rasp.
to sound harshly; jar: to grate on the ear.
to scrape or rub with rough or noisy friction, as one thing on or against another.

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

to reduce to small particles by rubbing against a rough surface or a surface with many sharp-edged openings: to grate a carrot.
to rub together with a harsh, jarring sound: to grate one's teeth.
to irritate or annoy.
Archaic. to wear down or away by rough friction.

Origin of grate

2
1375–1425; late Middle English graten < Old French grater < Germanic; compare German kratzen to scratch

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British Dictionary definitions for grating

grating

1

noun

Also called: grate a framework of metal bars in the form of a grille set into a wall, pavement, etc, serving as a cover or guard but admitting air and sometimes light

adjective

(of sounds) harsh and rasping
annoying; irritating

noun

(often plural) something produced by grating
Derived Formsgratingly, adverb

grate

1

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

Word Origin for grate

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

grate

2

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

Word Origin for grate

C14: from Old French grate, from Latin crātis hurdle

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