Meaning of GRAIN in English

GRAIN

transcription, транскрипция: [ greɪn ]

( grains)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

A grain of wheat, rice, or other cereal crop is a seed from it.

...a grain of wheat.

...rice grains.

N-COUNT : usu with supp

2.

Grain is a cereal crop, especially wheat or corn, that has been harvested and is used for food or in trade.

...a bag of grain.

...the best grains.

N-MASS

3.

A grain of something such as sand or salt is a tiny hard piece of it.

...a grain of sand.

N-COUNT

• -grained

...coarse-grained salt.

COMB in ADJ

4.

A grain of a quality is a very small amount of it.

There’s more than a grain of truth in that.

N-SING : N of n

5.

The grain of a piece of wood is the direction of its fibres. You can also refer to the pattern of lines on the surface of the wood as the grain .

Brush the paint generously over the wood in the direction of the grain.

N-SING : the N

• -grained

...a hard, heavy, straight-grained wood.

COMB in ADJ

6.

If you say that an idea or action goes against the grain , you mean that it is very difficult for you to accept it or do it, because it conflicts with your previous ideas, beliefs, or principles.

Privatisation goes against the grain of their principle of opposition to private ownership of industry.

PHRASE : V inflects

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