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GRAIN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does grain mean? 

GRAIN (noun)
  The noun GRAIN has 7 senses:

1. a small hard particle
2. foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
3. a weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat
4. 1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams
5. 1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams
6. dry seedlike fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
7. the direction or texture of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric

  Familiarity information: GRAIN used as a noun is common.


GRAIN (verb)
  The verb GRAIN has 4 senses:

1. thoroughly work in
2. paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
3. form into grains
4. become granular

  Familiarity information: GRAIN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GRAIN (noun)


Sense 1grain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small hard particle

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context example:

a grain of sand

Hypernyms ("grain" is a kind of...):

atom; corpuscle; molecule; mote; particle; speck ((nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "grain"):

granule (a tiny grain)


Sense 2grain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

food grain; cereal; grain

Hypernyms ("grain" is a kind of...):

food product; foodstuff (a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "grain"):

malt (a cereal grain that is kiln-dried after having been germinated by soaking in water; used especially in brewing and distilling)

Indian rice; wild rice (grains of aquatic grass of North America)

rice (grains used as food either unpolished or more often polished)

oat (seed of the annual grass Avena sativa (spoken of primarily in the plural as 'oats'))

wheat; wheat berry (grains of common wheat; sometimes cooked whole or cracked as cereal; usually ground into flour)

buckwheat (grain ground into flour)

barley; barleycorn (a grain of barley)

millet (small seed of any of various annual cereal grasses especially Setaria italica)

groats (the hulled and crushed grain of various cereals)

grist (grain intended to be or that has been ground)

corn; edible corn (ears of corn grown for human food)


Sense 3grain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

metric grain; grain

Hypernyms ("grain" is a kind of...):

metric weight unit; weight unit (a decimal unit of weight based on the gram)

Meronyms (parts of "grain"):

mg; milligram (one thousandth (1/1,000) gram)

Holonyms ("grain" is a part of...):

decigram; dg (1/10 gram)


Sense 4grain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Hypernyms ("grain" is a kind of...):

troy unit (any of the unit of the troy system of weights)

apothecaries' unit; apothecaries' weight (any weight unit used in pharmacy; an ounce is equal to 480 grains and a pound is equal to 12 ounces)

Holonyms ("grain" is a part of...):

scruple (a unit of apothecary weight equal to 20 grains)

pennyweight (a unit of apothecary weight equal to 24 grains)


Sense 5grain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Hypernyms ("grain" is a kind of...):

avoirdupois unit (any of the units of the avoirdupois system of weights)

Holonyms ("grain" is a part of...):

dram (1/16 ounce or 1.771 grams)


Sense 6grain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dry seedlike fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

caryopsis; grain

Hypernyms ("grain" is a kind of...):

seed (a small hard fruit)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "grain"):

rye (the seed of the cereal grass)

kernel (a single whole grain of a cereal)

wheat berry (a grain of wheat)

barleycorn (a grain of barley)

amaranth (seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South America)


Sense 7grain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The direction or texture of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

saw the board across the grain

Hypernyms ("grain" is a kind of...):

texture (the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "grain"):

wood grain; woodgrain; woodiness (texture produced by the fibers in wood)

graining; woodgraining (a texture like that of wood)


GRAIN (verb)


Sense 1grain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Thoroughly work in

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

grain; ingrain

Context example:

His hands were grained with dirt

Hypernyms (to "grain" is one way to...):

penetrate; perforate (pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2grain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "grain" is one way to...):

paint (apply paint to; coat with paint)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3grain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form into grains

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

granulate; grain

Hypernyms (to "grain" is one way to...):

form (assume a form or shape)

Cause:

grain; granulate (become granular)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4grain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become granular

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

granulate; grain

Hypernyms (to "grain" is one way to...):

change form; change shape; deform (assume a different shape or form)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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