Associations to the word «Grain»


GRAIN, noun. (uncountable) The harvested seeds of various grass food crops eg: wheat, corn, barley.
GRAIN, noun. (uncountable) Similar seeds from any food crop, eg buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa.
GRAIN, noun. (countable) A single seed of grass food crops.
GRAIN, noun. (countable) (uncountable) The crops from which grain is harvested.
GRAIN, noun. (uncountable) A linear texture of a material or surface.
GRAIN, noun. (countable) A single particle of a substance.
GRAIN, noun. (countable) 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 (0.002285714 avoirdupois ounce). 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.
GRAIN, noun. (countable) A former unit of gold purity, also known as carat grain, equal to 1⁄4 "carat" (karat).
GRAIN, noun. (materials) A region within a material having a single crystal structure or direction.
GRAIN, noun. 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.
GRAIN, noun. The hair side of a piece of leather, or the marking on that side.
GRAIN, noun. (in the plural) The remains of grain, etc., after brewing or distillation; hence, any residuum. Also called draff.
GRAIN, noun. (botany) A rounded prominence on the back of a sepal, as in the common dock.
GRAIN, noun. Temper; natural disposition; inclination.
GRAIN, verb. To feed grain to.
GRAIN, verb. (transitive) To make granular; to form into grains.
GRAIN, verb. (intransitive) To form grains, or to assume a granular form, as the result of crystallization; to granulate.
GRAIN, verb. To texture a surface in imitation of the grain of a substance such as wood.
GRAIN, verb. (tanning) To remove the hair or fat from a skin.
GRAIN, verb. (tanning) To soften leather.
GRAIN, verb. To yield fruit.
GRAIN, noun. A branch of a tree; a stalk or stem of a plant.
GRAIN, noun. A tine, prong, or fork.
GRAIN, noun. One of the branches of a valley or river.
GRAIN, noun. An iron fish spear or harpoon, with a number of points half-barbed inwardly.
GRAIN, noun. A blade of a sword, knife, etc.
GRAIN, noun. (founding) A thin piece of metal, used in a mould to steady a core.
GRAIN BEETLE, noun. Any of several beetles from the families Silvanidae and Laemophloeidae that infest grains and grain products.
GRAIN BEETLES, noun. Plural of grain beetle
GRAIN BOUNDARY, noun. An internal interface that separates neighbouring misoriented single crystals in a polycrystalline solid
GRAIN ELEVATOR, noun. (agriculture) (North America) A large structure for the storage of grain. It is more specialized than a regular granary in that in uses an elevating mechanism to hold the grain in one of many different bins, and that it it designed to fill large trucks and train cars for shipping grain in bulk.
GRAIN ELEVATORS, noun. Plural of grain elevator
GRAIN ITCH, noun. A cutaneous condition caused by several types of mite, and characterized by intense pruritus.
GRAIN REFINER, noun. (engineering) An alloyant used to refine grains in a cast macrostructure
GRAIN REFINERS, noun. Plural of grain refiner
GRAIN WEEVIL, noun. Alternative term for wheat weevil
GRAIN WEEVILS, noun. Plural of grain weevil
GRAIN WHISKY, noun. Whisky made from unmalted barley mixed with maize or rye.

Dictionary definition

GRAIN, noun. A relatively small granular particle of a substance; "a grain of sand"; "a grain of sugar".
GRAIN, noun. Foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses.
GRAIN, noun. The side of leather from which the hair has been removed.
GRAIN, noun. A weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat.
GRAIN, noun. 1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams.
GRAIN, noun. 1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams.
GRAIN, noun. Dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn.
GRAIN, noun. A cereal grass; "wheat is a grain that is grown in Kansas".
GRAIN, noun. The smallest possible unit of anything; "there was a grain of truth in what he said"; "he does not have a grain of sense".
GRAIN, noun. 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".
GRAIN, noun. 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".
GRAIN, verb. Thoroughly work in; "His hands were grained with dirt".
GRAIN, verb. Paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood.
GRAIN, verb. Form into grains.
GRAIN, verb. Become granular.

Wise words

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
Charles de Gaulle