a relatively small granular particle of a substance
"a grain of sand"; "a grain of sugar"
grain, food grain, cereal(noun)
foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
the side of leather from which the hair has been removed
grain, metric grain(noun)
a weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat
1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams
1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams
dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
a cereal grass
"wheat is a grain that is grown in Kansas"
the smallest possible unit of anything
"there was a grain of truth in what he said"; "he does not have a grain of sense"
the direction, texture, or pattern of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric
"saw the board across the grain"
the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)
"breadfruit has the same texture as bread"; "sand of a fine grain"; "fish with a delicate flavor and texture"; "a stone of coarse grain"
thoroughly work in
"His hands were grained with dirt"
paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
form into grains
The harvested seeds of various grass-related food crops eg: wheat, corn, barley.
We stored a thousand tons of grain for the winter.
A single seed of grain.
a grain of wheat
The crops from which grain is harvested.
The fields were planted with grain.
A linear texture of a material or surface.
Cut along the grain of the wood.
A single particle of a substance.
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.
A former unit of gold purity, also known as carat grain, equal to "carat" (karat).
(materials) A region within a material having a single crystal structure or direction.
To feed grain to.
To make granular; to form into grains.
To texture a surface in imitation of the grain of a substance such as wood.
To remove the hair or fat from a skin.
To soften leather.
Origin: From grein, from granum, from ǵrHnom. Compare English corn.
a single small hard seed; a kernel, especially of those plants, like wheat, whose seeds are used for food
the fruit of certain grasses which furnish the chief food of man, as corn, wheat, rye, oats, etc., or the plants themselves; -- used collectively
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
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.
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
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
the direction, arrangement, or appearance of the fibers in wood, or of the strata in stone, slate, etc
the fiber which forms the substance of wood or of any fibrous material
the hair side of a piece of leather, or the marking on that side
the remains of grain, etc., after brewing or distillation; hence, any residuum. Also called draff
a rounded prominence on the back of a sepal, as in the common dock. See Grained, a., 4
temper; natural disposition; inclination
a sort of spice, the grain of paradise
to paint in imitation of the grain of wood, marble, etc
to form (powder, sugar, etc.) into grains
to take the hair off (skins); to soften and raise the grain of (leather, etc.)
to yield fruit
to form grains, or to assume a granular ferm, as the result of crystallization; to granulate
a branch of a tree; a stalk or stem of a plant
a tine, prong, or fork
one the branches of a valley or of a river
an iron first speak or harpoon, having four or more barbed points
a blade of a sword, knife, etc
a thin piece of metal, used in a mold to steady a core
Origin: [See Groin a part of the body.]
GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems. GRAIN's work goes back to the early 1980s, when a number of activists around the world started drawing attention to the dramatic loss of genetic diversity on our farms — the very cornerstone of the world's food supply. GRAIN began doing research, advocacy and lobbying work under the auspices of a coalition of mostly European development organisations. That work soon expanded into a larger program and network that needed its own footing. In 1990, Genetic Resources Action International, or GRAIN for short, was legally established as an independent non-profit foundation with its headquarters in Barcelona, Spain. By the mid-1990s, GRAIN reached an important turning point. They realized that they needed to connect more with the real alternatives that were being developed on the ground, in the South. Around the world, and at local level, many groups had begun rescuing local seeds and traditional knowledge and building and defending sustainable biodiversity-based food systems under the control of local communities, while turning their backs on the laboratory developed 'solutions' that had only got farmers into deeper trouble. In a radical organisational shift, GRAIN embarked on a decentralization process that brought them into closer contact with realities on the ground in the South, and into direct collaboration with partners working at that level. At the same time, they brought a number of those partners into their governing body and started regionalizing their staff pool.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
grān, n. a single small hard seed: (coll.) the seeds of certain plants which form the chief food of man: corn, in general: a minute particle: a very small quantity: the smallest British weight, supposed to be the average weight of a seed or well-ripened ear of corn: the arrangement of the particles or fibres of anything, as stone or wood: texture, as of leather: the crimson dye made from cochineal insects, which, in the prepared state, resemble grains of seed—hence to dye in grain is to dye deeply, also to dye in the wool: innate quality or character of anything.—v.t. to form into grains, cause to granulate: to paint in imitation of wood, marble, &c.: in tanning, to take the hair off.—n. Grain′age, duties on grain.—adj. Grained, rough: furrowed.—ns. Grain′er, one who paints in imitation of the grain of wood; Grain′ing, painting so as to imitate the grain of wood: a process in tanning in which the grain of the leather is raised.—adj. Grain′y, having grains or kernels.—Grains of Paradise, an aromatic and pungent seed imported from Guinea.—Against the grain, against the fibre of the wood—hence against the natural temper or inclination; With a grain of salt, with reservation, as of a story that cannot be admitted (L. cum grano salis). [Fr.,—L. granum, seed, akin to corn.]
grān, n. a prong, fork: a kind of harpoon.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
In the grain of, is immediately preceding another ship in the same direction.--Bad-grain, a sea-lawyer; a nuisance.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'grain' in Nouns Frequency: #1650
The numerical value of grain in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of grain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of grain in a Sentence
Follow the grain in your own wood.
In the end, the world returns to a grain.
To go against the grain is the secret of bravery.
Life is like an hour glass, every grain of sand means something.
It’s hard to find good, fluffy, 100-percent whole grain biscuits.
Popularity rank by frequency of use
Translations for grain
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for grain »
Find a translation for the grain definition in other languages:
Select another language:
- - Select -
- 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
- 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
- Español (Spanish)
- Esperanto (Esperanto)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Deutsch (German)
- العربية (Arabic)
- Français (French)
- Русский (Russian)
- ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- עברית (Hebrew)
- Український (Ukrainian)
- اردو (Urdu)
- Magyar (Hungarian)
- मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
- Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Italiano (Italian)
- தமிழ் (Tamil)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- తెలుగు (Telugu)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Čeština (Czech)
- Polski (Polish)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Românește (Romanian)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Ελληνικά (Greek)
- Latinum (Latin)
- Svenska (Swedish)
- Dansk (Danish)
- Suomi (Finnish)
- فارسی (Persian)
- ייִדיש (Yiddish)
- հայերեն (Armenian)
- Norsk (Norwegian)
- English (English)