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Definition of Grain


  1. See Groan.
  2. A single small hard seed; a kernel, especially of those plants, like wheat, whose seeds are used for food.
  3. The fruit of certain grasses which furnish the chief food of man, as corn, wheat, rye, oats, etc., or the plants themselves; -- used collectively.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The direction, arrangement, or appearance of the fibers in wood, or of the strata in stone, slate, etc.
  9. The fiber which forms the substance of wood or of any fibrous material.
  10. The hair side of a piece of leather, or the marking on that side.
  11. The remains of grain, etc., after brewing or distillation; hence, any residuum. Also called draff.
  12. A rounded prominence on the back of a sepal, as in the common dock. See Grained, a., 4.
  13. Temper; natural disposition; inclination.
  14. A sort of spice, the grain of paradise.
  15. To paint in imitation of the grain of wood, marble, etc.
  16. To form (powder, sugar, etc.) into grains.
  17. To take the hair off (skins); to soften and raise the grain of (leather, etc.).
  18. To yield fruit.
  19. To form grains, or to assume a granular ferm, as the result of crystallization; to granulate.
  20. A branch of a tree; a stalk or stem of a plant.
  21. A tine, prong, or fork.
  22. One the branches of a valley or of a river.
  23. An iron first speak or harpoon, having four or more barbed points.
  24. A blade of a sword, knife, etc.
  25. A thin piece of metal, used in a mold to steady a core.

Grain Quotations

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

We had high and boisterous winds last night and this morning: the Indians continue to purchase repairs with grain of different kinds.
Meriwether Lewis

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

It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe. - Robert W. Service
It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe.
Robert W. Service

If people say something rude or off-color, you have to take it with a grain of salt, because they don't know you.
Chris Daughtry
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Grain Translations

grain in Dutch is zaadkorrel, pit, korrel
grain in French is grain, graine
grain in German is Getreide, Korn
grain in Latin is frumentum, far farris
grain in Norwegian is tekstur, korne seg, korn
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