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Definitions of grain

  1. dry seedlike fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e. g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
  2. cereal grain suitable as food for human beings
  3. thoroughly work in; " His hands were grained with dirt"
  4. the direction or texture of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric; " saw the board across the grain"
  5. a small hard particle; " a grain of sand"
  6. 1/ 7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64. 799 milligrams
  7. 1/ 60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64. 799 milligrams
  8. used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/ 4 carat
  9. become granular
  10. form into grains
  11. foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
  12. paint ( a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
  13. See Groan.
  14. A single small hard seed; a kernel, especially of those plants, like wheat, whose seeds are used for food.
  15. Any small, hard particle, as of sand, sugar, salt, etc.; hence, any minute portion or particle; as, a grain of gunpowder, of pollen, of starch, of sense, of wit, etc.
  16. The unit of the English system of weights; -- so called because considered equal to the average of grains taken from the middle of the ears of wheat. 7, 000 grains constitute the pound avoirdupois, and 5, 760 grains the pound troy. A grain is equal to. 0648 gram. See Gram.
  17. A reddish dye made from the coccus insect, or kermes; hence, a red color of any tint or hue, as crimson, scarlet, etc.; sometimes used by the poets as equivalent to Tyrian purple.
  18. The composite particles of any substance; that arrangement of the particles of any body which determines its comparative roughness or hardness; texture; as, marble, sugar, sandstone, etc., of fine grain.
  19. The direction, arrangement, or appearance of the fibers in wood, or of the strata in stone, slate, etc.
  20. The fiber which forms the substance of wood or of any fibrous material.
  21. The hair side of a piece of leather, or the marking on that side.
  22. The remains of grain, etc., after brewing or distillation; hence, any residuum. Also called draff.
  23. A rounded prominence on the back of a sepal, as in the common dock. See Grained, a., 4.
  24. Temper; natural disposition; inclination.
  25. A sort of spice, the grain of paradise.
  26. To paint in imitation of the grain of wood, marble, etc.
  27. To form ( powder, sugar, etc.) into grains.
  28. To take the hair off ( skins); to soften and raise the grain of ( leather, etc.).
  29. To yield fruit.
  30. To form grains, or to assume a granular ferm, as the result of crystallization; to granulate.
  31. A branch of a tree; a stalk or stem of a plant.
  32. A tine, prong, or fork.
  33. One the branches of a valley or of a river.
  34. An iron first speak or harpoon, having four or more barbed points.
  35. A blade of a sword, knife, etc.
  36. A thin piece of metal, used in a mold to steady a core.
  37. The fruit of certain grasses which furnish the chief food of man, as corn, wheat, rye, oats, etc., or the plants themselves; - used collectively.
  38. The unit of the English system of weights; - so called because considered equal to the average of grains taken from the middle of the ears of wheat. 7, 000 grains constitute the pound avoirdupois, and 5, 760 grains the pound troy. A grain is equal to .
  39. Those grasses ( POACEAE) which yield edible seeds commonly recognized as food grains.
  40. Any very small hard seed or kernel; a single seed of corn; the fruit of certain grasses which furnish the chief food of man, as corn, wheat, rye, oats, etc., or the plants themselves; the smallest particle or amount; a unit of weight equal to 1/ 20 of a scruple or 1/ 24 penny weight; the arrangement of particles in a body; as, the grain of any kind of wood; texture.
  41. To form into small particles; to paint in imitation of the grain of wood.
  42. Grainer.
  43. 1. Cereal plants, corn wheat, rye, etc. 2. A seed of one of the cereal plants. 3. A minute, hard particle of any substance, as of sand. 4. A unit of weight, 1/ 60 dram, 1/ 480 ounce, 1/ 5760 pound; the equivalent of 0. 066 gram.
  44. Cereals.
  45. A single small hard seed: ( collectively) the seeds of certain plants which form the chief food of man: a minute particle: a very small quantity: the smallest British weight: the arrangement of the particles of fibres of anything, as stone or wood: texture: the dye made from cochineal insects, which, in the prepared state, resembles grains of seed: hence to DYE IN GRAIN is to dye deeply, also, to dye in the wool.
  46. To paint in imitation of wood.
  47. Corn; a small seed or particles; one seven- thousandth of a pound avoirdupois; arrangement of particles, as in stone, or fibres, as in wood.
  48. To form into grains; to paint in imitation of the grain of wood.
  49. To granulate.
  50. To paint or stain in imitation of the grain of wood.
  51. Any very small hard mass; a seed; kernel; minute particle.
  52. Cereals, collectively.
  53. A weight, the 1/ 7000 Part of a pound avoirdupois.
  54. Texture; direction of fibers, as of wood.
  55. Innate quality or character.
  56. Any small hard mass; a single hard seed of a plant, particularly of those kinds whose seeds are used for food; corn collectively, as wheat, rye, barley, oats, and maize; a minute particle; the smallest weight ordinarily used, being the twentieth part of the scruple in apothecaries weight, and the twenty- fourth of a pennyweight troy; a very small quantity; the veins or fibres of wood or other fibrous substances; the body or substance of wood as modified by the fibres; texture; state of the grit of any body composed of grains; the dye made from cochineal insects; the heart and temper.
  57. To paint in imitation of the grain or fibres of wood; to from into grains, as powder. A grain of allowance, a small allowance or indulgence. To dye in grain, to dye in the raw material. Grain- colours, the dyes made from cochineal.
  58. Any small hard mass; a single seed; corn in general; any minute particle; the smallest weight, so named because supposed of equal weight with a grain of corn; the unit of the English system of weights.
  59. To form into grains, as powder.
  60. To paint or ornament in imitation of wood.
  61. Direction of the fibres of wood; the wood as modified by the fibres; the form or direction of the constituent particles of a body; the temper or disposition: grains, an instr. with barbed prongs, used at sea for spearing fish: against the grain, against the direction of the fibres: to go against the grain, to be repugnant to; to cause trouble or mortification to: to dye in grain, to dye in the raw material; to dye firmly: the grain- side of leather, that side of the tanned or dressed hide on which the hair grew. Note.- The three preceding entries are necessarily connected, but it was judged more convenient to make each one begin a separate paragraph, chiefly with the view of exhibiting the derivations with greater distinctness.
  62. The seed of cereals; a granular prominence on the back of a sepal.
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Usage examples for grain

  1. Instead of using emery- paper, grain emery and oil may be used, but the work will not be so true, because in this case much more metal will be removed from the work in the finishing or polishing process. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. " Oh, child, the grain is so small, so small! – The Twilight of the Souls by Louis Couperus
  3. Answer me- but I know you were; and you must have left the grain bins open. – Rainbow Hill by Josephine Lawrence
  4. I had no grain of hope left. – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  5. It went much against the grain with him to take the money. – In Luck at Last by Walter Besant
  6. The chief had gone home at sundown, and it was as impossible to find those who were on the bar that night, as to distinguish one grain of sand from another. – Down the Mother Lode by Vivia Hemphill
  7. Then we followed my father to the top story, where he kept his bags of grain. – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  8. Do you imagine it didn't go against the grain? – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  9. It may go against the grain once in a while, Ollie, like our duty does for all of us sometimes; but, no matter how it tastes to him, that boy Joe, he'll face it. – The Bondboy by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  10. She comes, and takes all that I have to the last grain; I ask her to take me. – The Fugitive by Rabindranath Tagore
  11. Until three months old they may be allowed to take all the grain that they will eat. – Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry by Pratt Food Co.
  12. The process by which the grain is prepared may be described as follows. – Lectures on Popular and Scientific Subjects by John Sutherland Sinclair, Earl of Caithness
  13. Pinion patterns, of six inches and less in diameter, are usually made out of a solid piece, in which case the grain of the wood must lie in the direction of the teeth height. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  14. " I followed your advice at last, though it went against the grain uncommonly. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  15. If the nest by good luck was discovered in time, grain was left standing about it. – Dishes & Beverages of the Old South by Martha McCulloch Williams
  16. Dr. Tissot orders but one Grain for a Dose. – Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
  17. Something in her manner of describing the assistance Bonbright offered seemed to go against Blatch's grain. – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
  18. Anyway, he isn't afraid of us, since he's putting up his grain. – Prescott of Saskatchewan by Harold Bindloss
  19. Tom exclaimed and the rest of the grain is not even lodged. – Sowing Seeds in Danny by Nellie L. McClung
  20. Life still holds a grain of interest. – The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan Perry Newberry
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