grating

1
[ grey-ting ]
/ ˈgreɪ tɪŋ /

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.

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Origin of grating

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

Definition for grating (2 of 4)

grating2
[ grey-ting ]
/ ˈgreɪ tɪŋ /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM grating

grat·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for grating (3 of 4)

grate1
[ greyt ]
/ greɪt /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM grate

grate·less, adjectivegrate·like, adjective

Definition for grating (4 of 4)

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
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British Dictionary definitions for grating (1 of 4)

grating1
/ (ˈɡreɪtɪŋ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for grating (2 of 4)

grating2
/ (ˈɡreɪtɪŋ) /

adjective

(of sounds) harsh and rasping
annoying; irritating

noun

(often plural) something produced by grating

Derived forms of grating

gratingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for grating (3 of 4)

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

Word Origin for grate

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

British Dictionary definitions for grating (4 of 4)

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

Word Origin for grate

C14: from Old French grate, from Latin crātis hurdle
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