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GRAIN

GRAIN

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noun


(1)   The direction or texture of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric
"Saw the board across the grain"
(2)   Foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
(3)   A small hard particle
"A grain of sand"
(4)   Dry seedlike fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
(5)   1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams
(6)   1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams
(7)   A weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat

verb


(8)   Become granular
(9)   Form into grains
(10)   Paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
(11)   Thoroughly work in
"His hands were grained with dirt"
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English


Etymology


From , from .

Noun



  1. The harvested seeds of various grass-related food crops eg: wheat, corn, barley.
    We stored a thousand tons of grain for the winter.
  2. A single seed of grain.
    a grain of wheat
  3. The crops from which grain is harvested.
    The fields were planted with grain.
  4. A linear texture of a material or surface.
    Cut along the grain of the wood.
  5. A single particle of a substance.
    a grain of sand
    a grain of salt
  6. A very small unit of weight, in England equal to 1/480 of an ounce troy, 0.0648 grams or, to be more exact, 64.79891 milligrams. A carat grain or pearl grain is 1/4 carat or 50 milligrams. The old French grain was 1/9216 livre or 53.11 milligrams, and in the mesures usuelles permitted from 1812 to 1839, with the livre redefined as 500 grams, it was 54.25 milligrams.
  7. (materials) A region within a material having a single crystal structure or direction.

Related terms


Verb



  1. To feed grain to.
  2. To make granular; to form into grains.
  3. To texture a surface in imitation of the grain of a substance such as wood.
  4. To remove the hair or fat from a skin.
  5. To soften leather.


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