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Definition of "grain" []

  • A small, dry, one-seeded fruit of a cereal grass, having the fruit and the seed walls united: a single grain of wheat; gleaned the grains from the ground one at a time. Also called caryopsis. (noun)
  • The fruits of cereal grasses especially after having been harvested, considered as a group: The grain was stored in a silo. (noun)
  • A cereal grass: Wheat is a grain grown in Kansas. (noun)
  • Cereal grasses considered as a group: Grain is grown along the river. (noun)
  • A relatively small discrete particulate or crystalline mass: a grain of sand. (noun)
  • The small hard seedlike fruit of a grass, esp a cereal plant (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A mass of such fruits, esp when gathered for food (noun)
  • The plants, collectively, from which such fruits are harvested (noun)
  • A small hard particle (noun)
  • The general direction or arrangement of the fibrous elements in paper or wood (noun)
  • The pattern or texture of wood resulting from such an arrangement (noun)
  • The relative size of the particles of a substance (noun)
  • The granular texture of a rock, mineral, etc (noun)
  • The appearance of a rock, mineral, etc, determined by the size and arrangement of its constituents (noun)
  • The outer (hair-side) layer of a hide or skin from which the hair or wool has been removed (noun)
  • The pattern on the outer surface of such a hide or skin (noun)
  • A surface artificially imitating the grain of wood, leather, stone, etc; graining (noun)
  • The smallest unit of weight in the avoirdupois, Troy, and apothecaries' systems, based on the average weight of a grain of wheat: in the avoirdupois system it equals 1⁄7000 of a pound, and in the Troy and apothecaries' systems it equals 1⁄5760 of a pound. 1 grain is equal to 0.0648 gram (noun)
  • A metric unit of weight used for pearls or diamonds, equal to 50 milligrams or one quarter of a carat (noun)
  • The threads or direction of threads in a woven fabric (noun)
  • Any of a large number of particles in a photographic emulsion, the size of which limit the extent to which an image can be enlarged without serious loss of definition (noun)
  • A granular effect in a television picture caused by electrical noise (noun)
  • Cleavage lines in crystalline material, parallel to growth planes (noun)
  • Any of a large number of small crystals forming a polycrystalline solid, each having a regular array of atoms that differs in orientation from that of the surrounding crystallites (noun)
  • A state of crystallization (noun)
  • A very small amount (noun)
  • Natural disposition, inclination, or character (esp in the phrase go against the grain) (noun)
  • A homogenous mass of solid propellant in a form designed to give the required combustion characteristics for a particular rocket (noun)
  • Kermes or a red dye made from this insect (noun)
  • To form grains or cause to form into grains; granulate; crystallize (verb)
  • To give a granular or roughened appearance or texture to (verb)
  • To paint, stain, etc, in imitation of the grain of wood or leather (verb)
  • To remove the hair or wool from (a hide or skin) before tanning (verb)
  • To raise the grain pattern on (leather) (verb)

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Use "grain" in a sentence
  • "We are not happy with whole grain machine-made bread, and I have never known anyone happy with *whole grain* machine-made bread, no matter what King Arthur Flour may say."
  • "They severally represented a function, a moment in the life of man or of the universe; thus Naprît was identified with the ripe ear, or the grain of wheat; [**] ** The word _naprît_ means _grain_, the grain of wheat."
  • "Livelier than ... the _grain_ Of Sarra, "etc. And as these were fast or durable colours we have such phrases as 'to dye in grain,'"