- a football field.
- a utensil consisting of parallel metal bars on which to broil meat or other food.
- any framework or network resembling a gridiron.
- a structure above the stage of a theater, from which hung scenery and the like are manipulated.
- to mark off into squares or design with a network of squares.
Origin of gridiron
Related Words for gridironsquare, stadium, park, gymnasium, field, ring, stage, gym, rink, amphitheater, garden, overpass, crossroad, junction, bridge, passage, intersection, court, track, terrain
Examples from the Web for gridiron
Contemporary Examples of gridiron
This opponent is like no other Rodgers has to face on the gridiron.Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War
December 3, 2014
Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
Doing well at the Gridiron is a rite of passage that not everybody survives.The GOP’s Comedy Gap
March 10, 2014
How an economist views the game and the evidence from XLVII years on the gridiron.Want a Super Bowl Boost for the Economy? Root for Seattle.
February 2, 2014
But if you think the gridiron arts can shake up the grey matter, try the prize ring.Boxers, Be Brave and Quit Before Your Brain Turns to Mush
October 25, 2013
Historical Examples of gridiron
He has all his housework there, a broom and a duster, and I dare say he has a cooking-stove and a gridiron.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The gridiron of Saint Lawrence is of an agreeable freshness to him.The Dream
Cold potatoes may be fried in slices or quarters, or broiled on a gridiron.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Cut out the stems, and put them, with the top of the mushrooms downwards, on a gridiron.The Skilful Cook
Put them on a gridiron that has been well rubbed with sweet butter.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- a utensil of parallel metal bars, used to grill meat, fish, etc
- any framework resembling this utensil
- a framework above the stage in a theatre from which suspended scenery, lights, etc, are manipulated
- the field of play in American football
- an informal name for American football
- (as modifier)a gridiron hero
Word Origin for gridiron
cooking utensil, early 14c., griderne, alteration (by association with iron) of gridire (late 13c.), a variant of gridil (see griddle). Confusion of "l" and "r" was common in Norman dialect. Also a medieval instrument of torture by fire. As the word for a U.S. football field, by 1896, for its lines.