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Definition of "grating" [grat•ing]

  • A grill or network of bars set in a window or door or used as a partition; a grate. (noun)
  • A diffraction grating. (noun)
  • 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 (noun)

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Use "grating" in a sentence
  • "My advice, as usual when it comes to grating, is to get yourself a microplane, the one with the smallest gauge (from any half-decent kitchen shop)."
  • "A further main advantage of Rowland's grating is that it is now no longer scratched on plane surfaces, but on spherical concave surfaces with a radius of say 3 metres, so that real images are produced of luminous lines without the need for the insertion of lenses."
  • "It is, no doubt, troublesome to make the oil so frequently, for the grating is tedious, and it must be slowly boiled; still, Kobez was not so oppressed by many duties that he could not find time to make it himself."