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Noun: grating  grey-ting
  1. A barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air
    - grate
  2. A frame of iron bars to hold a fire
    - grate
  3. Optical device consisting of a surface with many parallel grooves in it; disperses a beam of light (or other electromagnetic radiation) into its wavelengths to produce its spectrum
    - diffraction grating
Adjective: grating  grey-ting
  1. Unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
    "a grating voice";
    - gravelly, rasping, raspy, rough, scratchy
Verb: grate  greyt
  1. Furnish with a grate
    "a grated fireplace"
  2. Gnaw into; make resentful or angry
    "The injustice grated her";
    - eat into, fret, rankle
  3. Reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface
    "grate carrots and onions"; "grate nutmeg"
  4. Make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
    "grate one's teeth in anger";
    - grind
  5. Scratch repeatedly
    - scrape

Derived forms: gratings

See also: cacophonic, cacophonous

Type of: annoy, barrier, bother, break up, chafe, devil, fragment, fragmentise [Brit], fragmentize, frame, framework, furnish, get at [informal], get to, gravel [US], irritate, nark [Brit, slang], nettle, offer, optical device, provide, rag, render, rile, roil [N. Amer], rub, supply, tick off [informal], vex

Part of: cooking stove, furnace, kitchen range, kitchen stove, oven, range, stove

Encyclopedia: Grating

Grate, Eric