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.
Physics. diffraction grating.
Other definitions for grating (2 of 2)
irritating or unpleasant to one's feelings.
(of a sound or noise) harsh, discordant, or rasping.
- grat·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use grating in a sentence
From the broken gratings in front, the bit of rope and strip of blanket were left dangling in the wind.
From both the engine rooms ladders and gratings gave direct access to the boat deck.Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic' | British Government
Light and air were only admitted by small gratings on the sides of the roofing, which was about level with the ground outside.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks | Bracebridge Hemyng
Go up into the roof, and keep a good look-out from the little gratings; but keep away, so as not to show your face.Mass' George | George Manville Fenn
Peter Gross listened for a while to the lad's rhythmic breathing, then tip-toed to the gratings and pulled himself up to them.The Argus Pheasant | John Charles Beecham
British Dictionary definitions for grating (1 of 2)
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
short for diffraction grating
British Dictionary definitions for grating (2 of 2)
(of sounds) harsh and rasping
(often plural) something produced by grating
- gratingly, adverb
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