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Noun: grain  greyn
  1. A relatively small granular particle of a substance
    "a grain of sand"; "a grain of sugar"
     
  2. Foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
    - food grain, cereal
     
  3. The side of leather from which the hair has been removed
     
  4. A weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat
    - metric grain
     
  5. 1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams
     
  6. 1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams
     
  7. Dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
    - caryopsis
     
  8. A cereal grass
    "wheat is a grain that is grown in Kansas"
     
  9. The smallest possible unit of anything
    "there was a grain of truth in what he said"; "he does not have a grain of sense"
     
  10. The direction, texture, or pattern of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric
    "saw the board across the grain"
     
  11. The physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)
    "sand of a fine grain"; "a stone of coarse grain";
    - texture
Verb: grain  greyn
  1. Thoroughly work in
    "His hands were grained with dirt";
    - ingrain, engrain
     
  2. Paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
     
  3. Form into grains
    - granulate
     
  4. Become granular
    - granulate

Derived forms: grains, grained, graining

Type of: apothecaries' unit, apothecaries' weight, atom, avoirdupois unit, cereal, cereal grass, change form, change shape, composition, constitution, corpuscle, deform, food product, foodstuff, form, leather, littleness, makeup, make-up, metric weight unit, molecule, mote, paint, particle, penetrate, perforate, physical composition, seed, smallness, speck, texture, troy unit, weight unit

Part of: decigram, decigramme [Brit, Cdn], dg, dram, pennyweight, scruple

Encyclopedia: Grain, Kent