Meaning of GRID in English

GRID

/ grɪd; NAmE / noun

1.

a pattern of straight lines, usually crossing each other to form squares :

New York's grid of streets

2.

a frame of metal or wooden bars that are parallel or cross each other

—see also cattle grid

3.

a pattern of squares on a map that are marked with letters or numbers to help you find the exact position of a place :

The grid reference is C8.

4.

( especially BrE ) a system of electric wires or pipes carrying gas, for sending power over a large area :

the national grid (= the electricity supply in a country)

5.

( in motor racing ) a pattern of lines marking the starting positions for the racing cars

6.

(often the Grid ) [ sing. ] ( computing ) a number of computers that are linked together using the Internet so that they can share power, data, etc. in order to work on difficult problems

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 19th cent.: back-formation from gridiron .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.