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Meaning of GRAIN

Pronunciation:  greyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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. [n]  cereal grain suitable as food for human beings
  3. [n]  a small hard particle; "a grain of sand"
  4. [n]  dry seedlike fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
  5. [n]  1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams
  6. [n]  1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams
  7. [n]  used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat
  8. [v]  become granular
  9. [v]  form into grains
  10. [v]  paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
  11. [v]  thoroughly work in; "His hands were grained with dirt"

GRAIN is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: caryopsis, cereal, food grain, granulate, ingrain, metric grain
 See Also: amaranth, apothecaries' unit, apothecaries' weight, atom, avoirdupois unit, barley, barleycorn, barleycorn, buckwheat, change form, change shape, corn, decigram, deform, dg, dram, edible corn, food product, foodstuff, form, grain, graining, granule, grist, groats, Indian rice, kernel, malt, metric weight unit, mg, millet, milligram, molecule, mote, oat, paint, particle, penetrate, pennyweight, perforate, rice, rye, scruple, seed, shape, speck, texture, troy unit, weight unit, wheat, wheat berry, wheat berry, wild rice, woodgrain, woodgraining



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Grain\, v. & n.
    See {Groan.} [Obs.]
  2. \Grain\, n. [F. grain, L. granum, grain, seed, small
    kernel, small particle. See {Corn}, and cf. {Garner}, n.,
    {Garnet}, {Gram} the chick-pea, {Granule}, {Kernel.}]
    1. A single small hard seed; a kernel, especially of those
       plants, like wheat, whose seeds are used for food.
    2. The fruit of certain grasses which furnish the chief food
       of man, as corn, wheat, rye, oats, etc., or the plants
       themselves; -- used collectively.
             Storehouses crammed with grain.       --Shak.
    3. 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.
             I . . . with a grain of manhood well resolved.
    4. 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.}
    5. 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}.
             All in a robe of darkest grain.       --Milton.
             Doing as the dyers do, who, having first dipped
             their silks in colors of less value, then give' them
             the last tincture of crimson in grain. --Quoted by
                                                   preface to
                                                   Aids to
    6. 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.
             Hard box, and linden of a softer grain. --Dryden.
    7. The direction, arrangement, or appearance of the fibers in
       wood, or of the strata in stone, slate, etc.
             Knots, by the conflux of meeting sap, Infect the
             sound pine and divert his grain Tortive and errant
             from his course of growth.            --Shak.
    8. The fiber which forms the substance of wood or of any
       fibrous material.
    9. The hair side of a piece of leather, or the marking on
       that side. --Knight.
    10. pl. The remains of grain, etc., after brewing or
        distillation; hence, any residuum. Also called {draff.}
    11. (Bot.) A rounded prominence on the back of a sepal, as in
        the common dock. See {Grained}, a., 4.
    12. Temper; natural disposition; inclination. [Obs.]
              Brothers . . . not united in grain.  --Hayward.
    13. A sort of spice, the grain of paradise. [Obs.]
              He cheweth grain and licorice, To smellen sweet.
    {Against the grain}, against or across the direction of the
       fibers; hence, against one's wishes or tastes;
       unwillingly; unpleasantly; reluctantly; with difficulty.
    {A grain of allowance}, a slight indulgence or latitude a
       small allowance.
    {Grain binder}, an attachment to a harvester for binding the
       grain into sheaves.
    {Grain colors}, dyes made from the coccus or kermes in sect.
    {Grain leather}.
        (a) Dressed horse hides.
        (b) Goat, seal, and other skins blacked on the grain side
            for women's shoes, etc.
    {Grain moth} (Zo["o]l.), one of several small moths, of the
       family {Tineid[ae]} (as {Tinea granella} and {Butalis
       cerealella}), whose larv[ae] devour grain in storehouses.
    {Grain side} (Leather), the side of a skin or hide from which
       the hair has been removed; -- opposed to {flesh side.}
    {Grains of paradise}, the seeds of a species of amomum.
    {grain tin}, crystalline tin ore metallic tin smelted with
    {Grain weevil} (Zo["o]l.), a small red weevil (Sitophilus
       granarius), which destroys stored wheat and othar grain,
       by eating out the interior.
    {Grain worm} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of the grain moth. See
       {grain moth}, above.
    {In grain}, of a fast color; deeply seated; fixed; innate;
       genuine. ``Anguish in grain.'' --Herbert.
    {To dye in grain}, to dye of a fast color by means of the
       coccus or kermes grain [see {Grain}, n., 5]; hence, to dye
       firmly; also, to dye in the wool, or in the raw material.
       See under {Dye.}
             The red roses flush up in her cheeks . . . Likce
             crimson dyed in grain.                --Spenser.
    {To go against the grain of} (a person), to be repugnant to;
       to vex, irritate, mortify, or trouble.
  3. \Grain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Grained}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To paint in imitation of the grain of wood, marble, etc.
    2. To form (powder, sugar, etc.) into grains.
    3. To take the hair off (skins); to soften and raise the
       grain of (leather, etc.).
  4. \Grain\, v. i. [F. grainer, grener. See {Grain}, n.]
    1. To yield fruit. [Obs.] --Gower.
    2. To form grains, or to assume a granular ferm, as the
       result of crystallization; to granulate.
  5. \Grain\, n. [See {Groin} a part of the body.]
    1. A branch of a tree; a stalk or stem of a plant. [Obs.]
       --G. Douglas.
    2. A tine, prong, or fork. Specifically:
       (a) One the branches of a valley or of a river.
       (b) pl. An iron first speak or harpoon, having four or
           more barbed points.
    3. A blade of a sword, knife, etc.
    4. (Founding) A thin piece of metal, used in a mold to steady
       a core.
Computing Dictionary
  1. A pictorial query language.

    ["Pictorial Information Systems", S.K. Chang et al eds, Springer 1980].

  2. granularity

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing grains your dream means abundance, wealth, and happiness. It also represents all the hard work that you have done and completed.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A fruit characteristic of grasses (such as rice); pollen grain, a microspore of a seed plant, or the partially developed gametophyte formed from it.
Easton Bible Dictionary

used, in Amos 9:9, of a small stone or kernel; in Matt. 13:31, of an individual seed of mustard; in John 12:24, 1 Cor. 15:37, of wheat. The Hebrews sowed only wheat, barley, and spelt; rye and oats are not mentioned in Scripture.

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