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Definitions of grating

  1. A partition, covering, or frame of parallel or cross bars; a latticework resembling a window grate; as, the grating of a prison or convent. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. The strong wooden lattice used to cover a hatch, admitting light and air; also, a movable Lattice used for the flooring of boats. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A harsh sound caused by attrition. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A system of close equidistant and parallel lines lines or bars, especially lines ruled on a polished surface, used for producing spectra by diffraction; - called also diffraction grating. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An open framework or lattice of bars; an arrangement of parallel wires in an optical instrument. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The bars of a grate: a partition or frame of bars. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A framework of bars. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A partition of bars; latticework. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. The bars of a grate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. A harsh sound or rubbing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. GRATINGLY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Causing a sense of harsh rubbing or rasping; offensive; disagreeable. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound; "a gravelly voice" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. That grates; making a harsh sound; harsh. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A system of close equidistant parallel lines or bars, esp. lines ruled on a polished surface, used for producing spectra by diffraction. Gratings have been made with over 40,000 such lines to the inch, but those with a somewhat smaller number give the best definition. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Rubbing hard on the feelings: harsh: irritating. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Harsh; annoying. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Fretting; irritating; harsh. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for grating

  1. Joe's heart jumped with the hope that it was his mother coming when he heard the key in the lock and voices at the grating – The Bondboy by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  2. Just then I heard the harsh grating cry of the bird, and peering through the leaves in the direction it came from I caught sight of the two birds flying furiously towards me, screaming again as they came nearer. – Far Away and Long Ago by W. H. Hudson
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