Grain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡreɪn|  American pronunciation of the word grain
Brit.  |ɡreɪn|  British pronunciation of the word grain
- a relatively small granular particle of a substance
- foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses (syn: cereal)
- the side of leather from which the hair has been removed
- a weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat
- 1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams
- 1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams
- dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
- a cereal grass
- the smallest possible unit of anything
- the direction, texture, or pattern of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric
- the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance) (syn: texture)
- thoroughly work in (syn: ingrain)
- paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
- form into grains (syn: granulate)
- become granular (syn: granulate)


bread made from whole wheat grain

The machine grinds grain into flour.

The farm grows a variety of grains.

Anyone with a grain of sense knows that she's lying.

There is not a grain of truth in what he said.

Farmers raise millions of bushels of grain to feed the nation.

The grains of sand run through the hourglass.

There isn't a grain of truth in his assertion.

Last year's grain harvest was the biggest ever.

Cut along the grain of the wood.

There were crumbs and grains of sugar on the table.

wheat is a grain that is grown in Kansas

there was a grain of truth in what he said

he does not have a grain of sense

saw the board across the grain

Word forms

singular: grain
plural: grains
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