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Definitions of grain

  1.   paint ( a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
  2.   The hair side of a piece of leather, or the marking on that side.
  3.   The fiber which forms the substance of wood or of any fibrous material.
  4.   form into grains
  5.   A tine, prong, or fork.
  6.   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.
  7.   Those grasses ( POACEAE) which yield edible seeds commonly recognized as food grains.
  8.   The remains of grain, etc., after brewing or distillation; hence, any residuum. Also called draff.
  9.   cereal grain suitable as food for human beings
  10.   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 .
  11.   See Groan.
  12.   Temper; natural disposition; inclination.
  13.   the direction or texture of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric; " saw the board across the grain"
  14.   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.
  15.   The direction, arrangement, or appearance of the fibers in wood, or of the strata in stone, slate, etc.
  16.   To form ( powder, sugar, etc.) into grains.
  17.   A single small hard seed; a kernel, especially of those plants, like wheat, whose seeds are used for food.
  18.   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.
  19.   To paint in imitation of wood.
  20.   A thin piece of metal, used in a mold to steady a core.
  21.   become granular
  22.   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.
  23.   Cereals.
  24.   Grainer.
  25.   To form into grains, as powder.
  26.   1/ 60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64. 799 milligrams
  27.   A rounded prominence on the back of a sepal, as in the common dock. See Grained, a., 4.
  28.   To paint or stain in imitation of the grain of wood.
  29.   Texture; direction of fibers, as of wood.
  30.   One the branches of a valley or of a river.
  31.   A sort of spice, the grain of paradise.
  32.   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.
  33.   A branch of a tree; a stalk or stem of a plant.
  34.   thoroughly work in; " His hands were grained with dirt"
  35.   An iron first speak or harpoon, having four or more barbed points.
  36.   Corn; a small seed or particles; one seven- thousandth of a pound avoirdupois; arrangement of particles, as in stone, or fibres, as in wood.
  37.   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.
  38.   To yield fruit.
  39.   To granulate.
  40.   To take the hair off ( skins); to soften and raise the grain of ( leather, etc.).
  41.   To form into small particles; to paint in imitation of the grain of wood.
  42.   The fruit of certain grasses which furnish the chief food of man, as corn, wheat, rye, oats, etc., or the plants themselves; - used collectively.
  43.   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.
  44.   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.
  45.   used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/ 4 carat
  46.   1/ 7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64. 799 milligrams
  47.   a small hard particle; " a grain of sand"
  48.   To paint in imitation of the grain of wood, marble, etc.
  49.   foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
  50.   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.
  51.   To paint or ornament in imitation of wood.
  52.   To form grains, or to assume a granular ferm, as the result of crystallization; to granulate.
  53.   Cereals, collectively.
  54.   Any very small hard mass; a seed; kernel; minute particle.
  55.   The seed of cereals; a granular prominence on the back of a sepal.
  56.   A weight, the 1/ 7000 Part of a pound avoirdupois.
  57.   dry seedlike fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e. g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
  58.   To form into grains; to paint in imitation of the grain of wood.
  59.   Innate quality or character.
  60.   A blade of a sword, knife, etc.
  61.   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.
  62.   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.

Antonyms for grain

barrel, shipload, mountain, quantity, hunk, spate, passel, mass, profusion, hundred, bucket, truckload, sight, carload, total, pile, bundle, oodles, sheaf, stack, raft, load, slew, mess, aggregate, lashings, potful, sum, scads, slab, good deal, peck, basketful, heap, REAMS, chunk, loads, multiplicity, plateful, entirety, gob, lot, volume, whole, lump, abundance, fistful, wealth, bunch, boatload, wad, pack, plentitude, sum total, bushel, plenitude, heaps, deal, dozen.

Quotes of grain

  1. All the writers and producers around us that gave us the environment where we could play. They were able to provide us with a place where we could take chances to play with things, go against the grain and do things that people don't always do. – Matthew Ashford
  2. We accept it because we have seen the vision. We know that we cannot reap the harvest, but we hope that we may so well prepare the land and so diligently sow the seed that our successors may gather the ripened grain – Liberty Hyde Bailey
  3. To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour. – William Blake
  4. But we didn't have the financial structure, like the right attorneys, the right managers, the right accountants, and we were going against the grain of what black entertainers is supposed to do. – Solomon Burke
  5. This means that they are bound by law and custom to plough the fields of their masters, harvest the corn, gather it into barns, and thresh and winnow the grain they must also mow and carry home the hay, cut and collect wood, and perform all manner of tasks of this kind. – Jean Froissart
  6. Barley, where it succeeds, yields a larger weight of feed per acre than any other small grain crop. – David F. Houston
  7. I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy. – Og Mandino
  8. I am a leader. Leaders always get heat. They're always going against the grain Jimi Hendrix got heat; Bob Marley got heat; Miles Davis got heat. Every great artist got heat. Heat means you're doing something right. – Ziggy Marley
  9. I always wanted to go against hat grain because it was too restricting. – Donna Mills
  10. The interesting thing is, while we die of diseases of affluence from eating all these fatty meats, our poor brethren in the developing world die of diseases of poverty, because the land is not used now to grow food grain for their families. – Jeremy Rifkin
  11. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe. – Robert W. Service
  12. Hemingway hated me. I sold 200 million books, and he didn't. Of course most of mine sold for 25 cents, but still... you look at all this stuff with a grain of salt. – Mickey Spillane
  13. During the course of the seven years I played scenes with an oil slick, I played a scene with a grain of rice. Sometimes with indescribable creatures. I remember having a conversation with something which was simply a smell, that's all. It was part of our job. – Patrick Stewart
  14. We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain – Tom Stoppard
  15. Anyone with a grain of sense would know that if I punched my wife I would rip her head off. It's all lies. I have never laid a finger on her. – Mike Tyson

Usage examples for grain

  1. 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
  2. She comes, and takes all that I have to the last grain I ask her to take me. ” – The Fugitive by Rabindranath Tagore
  3. “ " Oh, child, the grain is so small, so small! ” – The Twilight of the Souls by Louis Couperus
  4. “ Tom exclaimed and the rest of the grain is not even lodged. ” – Sowing Seeds in Danny by Nellie L. McClung
  5. 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
  6. Do you imagine it didn't go against the grain – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  7. Something in her manner of describing the assistance Bonbright offered seemed to go against Blatch's grain – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
  8. 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
  9. “ I had no grain of hope left. ” – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. “ " I followed your advice at last, though it went against the grain uncommonly. ” – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  13. 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
  14. It went much against the grain with him to take the money. ” – In Luck at Last by Walter Besant
  15. Answer me- but I know you were; and you must have left the grain bins open. ” – Rainbow Hill by Josephine Lawrence
  16. 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
  17. Life still holds a grain of interest. ” – The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan Perry Newberry
  18. Anyway, he isn't afraid of us, since he's putting up his grain – Prescott of Saskatchewan by Harold Bindloss
  19. “ 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
  20. Then we followed my father to the top story, where he kept his bags of grain – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

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