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Definition of "gridiron" [grid•i•ron]

  • Football The field of play. (noun)
  • Football The game itself. (noun)
  • A metal structure high above the stage of a theater, from which ropes or cables are strung to scenery and lights. (noun)
  • A flat framework of parallel metal bars used for broiling meat or fish. (noun)
  • An object resembling such a framework. (noun)
  • A utensil of parallel metal bars, used to grill meat, fish, etc (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.

  • Any framework resembling this utensil (noun)
  • A framework above the stage in a theatre from which suspended scenery, lights, etc, are manipulated (noun)
  • The field of play in American football (noun)
  • An informal name for American football (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)

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Use "gridiron" in a sentence
  • "For many small, regional colleges facing a bleak admissions landscape, the gridiron is a beacon of hope."
  • "He's concluded football players can suffer from trauma-induced organic brain disease that can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or what he calls gridiron dementia."
  • "On closer examination the lots turn out to average less than four thousand square feet; the streets are narrow and are laid out in gridiron patterns; the houses are mere cabins; and what was once a pleasant bit of nature has been ruthlessly leveled and ripped up to make a subdivider's holiday."