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 2)

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
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British Dictionary definitions for grating (1 of 2)

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 2)

grating2
/ (ˈɡreɪtɪŋ) /

adjective

(of sounds) harsh and rasping
annoying; irritating

noun

(often plural) something produced by grating

Derived forms of grating

gratingly, adverb
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