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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grate, gratingnoun

    a frame of iron bars to hold a fire

  2. gratenoun

    a harsh rasping sound made by scraping something

  3. grate, gratingverb

    a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air

  4. grateverb

    furnish with a grate

    "a grated fireplace"

  5. eat into, fret, rankle, grateverb

    gnaw into; make resentful or angry

    "The injustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"

  6. grateverb

    reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface

    "grate carrots and onions"; "grate nutmeg"

  7. grate, grindverb

    make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together

    "grate one's teeth in anger"

  8. scrape, grateverb

    scratch repeatedly

    "The cat scraped at the armchair"


  1. gratenoun

    A horizontal metal grille through which water, ash, or small objects can fall, while larger objects cannot.

    The grate stopped the sheep from escaping from their field.

  2. grateverb

    To shred things, usually foodstuffs, by rubbing across a grater.

    I need to grate the cheese before the potato is cooked.

  3. grateverb

    To rub against, making a (usually unpleasant) squeaking sound.

  4. grate

    To grate on one's nerves; to irritate or annoy.

    She's nice enough, but she can begin to grate on my nerves if there is no-one else to talk to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gratenoun

    Etymology: crates, Latin.

    I have grated upon my good friends for three reprieves for you, and your couch-fellow, Nim; or else you had look’d through the grates, like a geminy of baboons. William Shakespeare.

    Out at a little grate his eyes he cast
    Upon those bord’ring hills, and open plain. Samuel Daniel, C. W.

    A fan has on it a nunnery of lively black-eyed vestals, who are endeavouring to creep out at the grates. Addison.

    My dear is of opinion that an old fashioned grate consumes coals, but gives no heat. Spectator, №. 30.

  2. To Grateverb

    Etymology: gratter, French.

    Thereat the fiend his gnashing teeth did grate. Fai. Qu.

    Blind oblivion swallow’d cities up,
    And mighty states characterless are grated
    To dusty nothing. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    If the particles of the putty were not made to stick fast in the pitch, they would, by rolling up and down, grate and fret the object metal, and fill it full of little holes. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Thereat enraged, soon he ’gan upstart,
    Grinding his teeth and grating his great heart. Hubb. Tale.

    They have been partial in the gospel, culled and chosen out those softer and more gentle dictates which should less grate and disturb them. Decay of Piety.

    Just resentment and hard usage coin’d
    Th’ unwilling word; and, grating as it is,
    Take it, for it is thy due. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    This habit of writing and discoursing, wherein I unfortunately differ from almost the whole kingdom, and am apt to grate the ears of more than I could wish, was acquired during my apprenticeship in London. Jonathan Swift.

    The grating shock of wrathful iron arms. William Shakespeare, R. II.

    On a sudden open fly,
    With impetuous recoil and jarring sound,
    Th’ infernal doors, and on their hinges grate
    Harsh thunder, that the lowest bottom shook
    Of Erebus. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

  3. To Grateverb

    Wherein have you been galled by the king?
    What peer hath been suborn’d to grate on you,
    That you should seal this lawless bloody book
    Of forg’d rebellion with a seal divine? William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    I have grated upon my good friends for three reprieves for you, or else you had looked through the grates. William Shakespeare.

    Paradoxing is of great use; but the faculty must be so tenderly managed as not to grate upon the truth and reason of things. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    This grated harder upon, and raised greater tumults and boilings in the hearts of men, than the seeming unreasonableness of former articles. Robert South, Sermons.

    I never heard him make the least complaint, in a case that would have grated sorely on some men’s patience, and have filled their lives with discontent. John Locke.

    We are not so nice as to cast away a sharp knife, because the edge of it may sometimes grate. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 36.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grateadjective

    serving to gratify; agreeable

  2. Gratenoun

    a structure or frame containing parallel or crosed bars, with interstices; a kind of latticework, such as is used ia the windows of prisons and cloisters

  3. Gratenoun

    a frame or bed, or kind of basket, of iron bars, for holding fuel while burning

  4. Grateverb

    to furnish with grates; to protect with a grating or crossbars; as, to grate a window

  5. Grateverb

    to rub roughly or harshly, as one body against another, causing a harsh sound; as, to grate the teeth; to produce (a harsh sound) by rubbing

  6. Grateverb

    to reduce to small particles by rubbing with anything rough or indented; as, to grate a nutmeg

  7. Grateverb

    to fret; to irritate; to offend

  8. Grateverb

    to make a harsh sound by friction

  9. Grateverb

    to produce the effect of rubbing with a hard rough material; to cause wearing, tearing, or bruising. Hence; To produce exasperation, soreness, or grief; to offend by oppression or importunity

  10. Etymology: [OF grater to scrape, scratch, F. gratter, LL. gratare, cratare; of German origin; cf. OHG. chrazzn G. kratzen, D. krassen, Sw. Kratta, and perh. E. scratch.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grate

    grāt, n. a framework composed of bars with interstices, esp. one of iron bars for holding coals while burning.—adj. Grat′ed, having a grating.—ns. Graticulā′tion, the division of a design into squares for convenience in making an enlarged or diminished copy; Grat′ing, the bars of a grate: a partition or frame of bars. [Low L. grata, a grate—L. crates, a hurdle. See Crate.]

  2. Grate

    grāt, v.t. to rub hard or wear away with anything rough: to make a harsh sound: to irritate or offend.—n. Grat′er, an instrument with a rough surface for grating down a body.—adj. Grat′ing, rubbing hard on the feelings: harsh: irritating.—adv. Grat′ingly. [O. Fr. grater, through Low L., from Old High Ger. chrazōn (Ger. kratzen), to scratch, akin to Sw. kratta.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of grate in a Sentence

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    Grate power comes with grate responsibility. so use it wisely.

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