A single small hard seed; a kernel, especially of those plants, like wheat, whose seeds are used for food.
The fruit of certain grasses which furnish the chief food of man, as corn, wheat, rye, oats, etc., or the plants themselves; -- used collectively.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The direction, arrangement, or appearance of the fibers in wood, or of the strata in stone, slate, etc.
The fiber which forms the substance of wood or of any fibrous material.
The hair side of a piece of leather, or the marking on that side.
The remains of grain, etc., after brewing or distillation; hence, any residuum. Also called draff.
A rounded prominence on the back of a sepal, as in the common dock. See Grained, a., 4.
Temper; natural disposition; inclination.
A sort of spice, the grain of paradise.
To paint in imitation of the grain of wood, marble, etc.
To form (powder, sugar, etc.) into grains.
To take the hair off (skins); to soften and raise the grain of (leather, etc.).
To yield fruit.
To form grains, or to assume a granular ferm, as the result of crystallization; to granulate.
A branch of a tree; a stalk or stem of a plant.
A tine, prong, or fork.
One the branches of a valley or of a river.
An iron first speak or harpoon, having four or more barbed points.
A blade of a sword, knife, etc.
A thin piece of metal, used in a mold to steady a core.
It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe. Robert W. Service
To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour. William Blake
All the food we eat - every grain of rice and kernel of corn - has been genetically modified. None of it was here before mankind learned to cultivate crops. The question isn't whether our food has been modified, but how. Michael Specter
I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world. Elijah Wood
I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy. Og Mandino