Definition of Grain

1. Noun. A relatively small granular particle of a substance. "A grain of sugar"

Specialized synonyms: Granule
Generic synonyms: Atom, Corpuscle, Molecule, Mote, Particle, Speck
Derivative terms: Grainy, Granular

2. Verb. Thoroughly work in. "His hands were grained with dirt"
Exact synonyms: Ingrain
Generic synonyms: Penetrate, Perforate

3. Noun. Foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses.
Exact synonyms: Cereal, Food Grain
Generic synonyms: Food Product, Foodstuff
Specialized synonyms: Corn, Edible Corn, Grist, Groats, Millet, Barley, Barleycorn, Buckwheat, Wheat, Wheat Berry, Oat, Rice, Indian Rice, Wild Rice, Malt
Derivative terms: Cereal

4. Verb. Paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood.
Generic synonyms: Paint
Derivative terms: Graining

5. Noun. The side of leather from which the hair has been removed.
Generic synonyms: Leather

6. Verb. Form into grains.
Exact synonyms: Granulate
Causes: Granulate
Generic synonyms: Form
Derivative terms: Granulation

7. Noun. A weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat.
Exact synonyms: Metric Grain
Generic synonyms: Metric Weight Unit, Weight Unit
Terms within: Mg, Milligram
Group relationships: Decigram, Dg

8. Verb. Become granular.
Exact synonyms: Granulate
Generic synonyms: Change Form, Change Shape, Deform

9. Noun. 1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams.
Generic synonyms: Troy Unit, Apothecaries' Unit, Apothecaries' Weight
Group relationships: Scruple, Pennyweight

10. Noun. 1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams.
Generic synonyms: Avoirdupois Unit
Group relationships: Dram

11. Noun. Dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn.
Exact synonyms: Caryopsis
Specialized synonyms: Amaranth, Barleycorn, Wheat Berry, Kernel, Rye
Generic synonyms: Seed

12. Noun. A cereal grass. "Wheat is a grain that is grown in Kansas"
Generic synonyms: Cereal, Cereal Grass

13. Noun. The smallest possible unit of anything. "He does not have a grain of sense"
Generic synonyms: Littleness, Smallness

14. 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"
Generic synonyms: Texture
Specialized synonyms: Wood Grain, Woodgrain, Woodiness, Graining, Woodgraining

15. Noun. The physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance). "A stone of coarse grain"
Exact synonyms: Texture
Generic synonyms: Composition, Constitution, Make-up, Makeup, Physical Composition

Definition of Grain

1. v. & n. See Groan.

2. n. A single small hard seed; a kernel, especially of those plants, like wheat, whose seeds are used for food.

3. v. t. To paint in imitation of the grain of wood, marble, etc.

4. v. i. To yield fruit.

5. n. A branch of a tree; a stalk or stem of a plant.

Definition of Grain

1. Noun. The harvested seeds of various grass-related food crops eg: wheat, corn, barley. ¹

2. Noun. A single seed of grain. ¹

3. Noun. (context: countable uncountable) The crops from which grain is harvested. ¹

4. Noun. A linear texture of a material or surface. ¹

5. Noun. A single particle of a substance. ¹

6. Noun. 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. ¹

7. Noun. A former unit of gold purity, also known as ''carat '''grain''''', equal to (frac 4) "carat" (karat). ¹

8. Noun. (''materials'') A region within a material having a single crystal structure or direction. ¹

9. Verb. To feed grain to. ¹

10. Verb. To make granular; to form into grains. ¹

11. Verb. To texture a surface in imitation of the grain of a substance such as wood. ¹

12. Verb. (context: tanning) To remove the hair or fat from a skin. ¹

13. Verb. (context: tanning) To soften leather. ¹

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Definition of Grain

1. to form into small particles [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Grain

1. A fruit characteristic of grasses (such as rice), pollen grain, a microspore of a seed plant, or the partially developed gametophyte formed from it. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Grain

grafting wax
graham bread
graham cracker
graham flour
grain (current term)
grain alcohol
grain boundary
grain elevator
grain elevators
grain field
grain itch
grain merchant
grain moth
grain of salt
grain refiner
grain refiners
grain sorghum
grain whisky

Literary usage of Grain

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1920)
"354, as to inspection and weighing of grain, section 63 of which prohibits any one other than a state weigher issuing weight certificate for, ..."

2. Proceedings of the ... Annual Convention by Mid-West Cement Users' Association, Indiana Electric Light Association, National Bar Association, Western Canadian Immigration Association, Association of Jewish Libraries (1917)
"THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONCRETE grain ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTION. BY RP DURHAM.* It is the purpose of this paper to give a general review of the beginning of ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"^uman'a» ant^ serve for both the reception and discharge of grain ... The first consists of л telescopic elevator which raises the grain and delivers it to ..."

4. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1867)
"The urine and the blood gave a fluorescence equal to half a grain of quinine to a litre of water ; the extract of the kidney and the liver gave a ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"He would have been responsible to the owners of the grain, had no insurance been effected. Batem. Com. L. § 471; Buck v. Ins. Co. 1 Pet. 151. ..."

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