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Grate meaning

grate - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. gnaw into; make resentful or angry; " The unjustice rankled her"; " his resentment festered"
  2. 2. Serving to gratify; agreeable.
  3. 3. A structure or frame containing parallel or crosed bars, with interstices; a kind of latticework, such as is used ia the windows of prisons and cloisters.
  4. 4. A frame or bed, or kind of basket, of iron bars, for holding fuel while burning.
  5. 5. To furnish with grates; to protect with a grating or crossbars; as, to grate a window.
  6. 6. To rub roughly or harshly, as one body against another, causing a harsh sound; as, to grate the teeth; to produce ( a harsh sound) by rubbing.
  7. 7. To reduce to small particles by rubbing with anything rough or indented; as, to grate a nutmeg.
  8. 8. To fret; to irritate; to offend.
  9. 9. To make a harsh sound by friction.
  10. 10. To produce the effect of rubbing with a hard rough material; to cause wearing, tearing, or bruising. Hence; To produce exasperation, soreness, or grief; to offend by oppression or importunity.
  11. 11. A frame of metal bars.
  12. 12. To make a harsh sound; annoy.
  13. 13. To rub roughly; pulverise by rubbing.

grate - examples of usage

  1. He was seated upon a stone settle, and warmed his thin hands and trembling knees at the grate where some brushwood was burning.
  2. " I had the maid build the fire," she continued, and he could see the outline of her form bending over the grate.
  3. So little, indeed, had this spirit touched me that, one evening when one of my colleagues, standing before the grate- fire in the reporters' room, yawned and said he'd be glad when to- morrow was over, I asked him what was the particular trouble with to- morrow.
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