Adjective "grain" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Wheat or any other cultivated cereal used as food.
  1. 'The crop farmers have wheat and grain and corn and potatoes and squash and beans and lettuce.'
  2. 'Hernandez is most praising of corn, even hinting of the grain's possible superiority to wheat.'
  3. 'The food grain was first domesticated over 10,000 years ago in the Middle East.'
  4. 'Students learned the impact plant breeders had on the quality and quantity of grain as well as consumer products.'
  5. 'They keep down the rodent population in Egypt's economically important grain fields along the Nile.'
  6. 'Meanwhile, the late break is increasing the pressure on grain growers wanting to plant canola.'
  7. 'Greenbugs are a serious pest of grain and sorghum in the Southern Plains.'
  8. 'Pollination is the transfer of pollen - plant grains that contain male DNA - from the male part of a flower to the female part of a flower.'
  9. 'He says that while the area will never produce the quantities of the huge grain-growing areas, there is massive potential for the region.'
  10. 'Harissa a traditional meal, consists of wheat grain and lamb cooked over low heat.'
  11. 'The mutant lines also had higher seed weights and grain yields per plant than the parental line.'
  12. 'The best vodkas are made from grain, with wheat and rye top of the list.'
  13. 'In fall and winter, Northern Pintails eat seeds and waste grain.'
  14. 'Our team on the ground need grain and specialised food to bring immediate relief to people.'
  15. 'Food grain is brought from Gojam and used to feed the people.'
  16. 'Quail typically hunt for seeds, grain, grasses, plant leaves and buds, acorns, and insects.'
  17. 'We have power shortages and shortages of food grain, vegetables and grocery items.'
  18. 'The other issue of grave concern is the continual importation of maize grain.'
  19. 'He described the situation as alarming because, according to experts, the quality of the grain was deteriorating with every passing day.'
A single fruit or seed of a cereal.
  1. 'If we plant one seed of barley, when it matures we will have several grains of barley.'
  2. 'Starlings eat a diverse, omnivorous diet of invertebrates, berries and other fruit, grains, and seeds.'
  3. 'You may need to add grains of rice or beans and shake to get scouring action with these products also.'
  4. 'It's made with thick grains of sushi rice and served in a bowl with two warm croquettes filled with mango sauce.'
  5. 'I like to go one better and add grains of boiled rice as well.'
  6. 'Grain flakes or rolled grains are sliced and then flattened between rollers.'
  7. 'His diet consists mainly of grains, seeds, fruit, vegetables and non-stimulating drinks.'
  8. 'Eight grains of rice were scattered across the table, polished and gleaming like tiny gems.'
  9. 'We have a reliable supply of grains and very good quality water supply so we have something to work with.'
  10. 'It was more of a soup than a pudding, with soft grains of rice resting beneath a slightly cardamom-ized sweetened milk, topped with chopped pistachio nuts.'
  11. 'a grain of salt'
  12. 'Pollen grain number was calculated for 20 flowers (five each from four trees) of each type.'
  13. 'The highest ever count - 1,100 grains of pollen per cubic metre - was recorded in Cardiff in 1992.'
  14. 'This planet is a grain of sand in a universe that is so much greater than we can dream.'
  15. 'The perfect mix for sandcastles is one part water for every eight parts of sand but another factor is the density of the sand, with finer grains producing a better mix.'
  16. 'The lengthy but exciting search for dust grains will be conducted by Internet volunteers.'
  17. 'You don't regard a grain of sand when building a pyramid; you interact with a mass of sand.'
  18. 'This early embryo is a ball of cells smaller than a grain of sand.'
  19. 'A large percentage of the sand grains are composed of fragments from the green alga Halimeda.'
  20. 'During the event, particles smaller than a grain of sand burn up as they stream through the Earth's atmosphere at speeds of 150,000 miles an hour.'
  21. 'Willard can create a masterpiece within the eye of a tiny sewing needle, on the head of a pin, the tip of an eyelash or a grain of sand.'
  22. 'I was beginning to think how beautiful every grain of freedom was.'
  23. 'The barbs aimed from the English duo of Austin Healey and Matt Dawson in 2001 hurt, but Henry has been big enough to accept the grains of truth and move on.'
  24. 'He pondered the possibility of a grain of truth in each, and lost himself in thought.'
  25. 'But, I should confess, there was still a tiny voice in the back of my mind wondering if there might still be a grain of truth in the story about a suggested link between autism and MMR.'
  26. 'Anybody who knows him will find more than a grain of truth in the story, for he is one of the most taciturn men in football.'
  27. 'Old notions die hard, especially when they contain a solid grain of truth.'
  28. 'The bepimpled teenager channelling his angst through a controller in the darkness of his parent's basement is a cliché with more than a few grains of truth.'
  29. 'On the basis of their morphology, they are interpreted to be late-stage igneous grains.'
  30. 'The diamonds he watches so closely are not the rocks on the rings of the rich and famous, they are tiny grains of pure carbon coating the blades, polishers and shapers the company produces.'
  31. 'Quartz grains are angular, suggestive of eolian origin.'
The smallest unit of weight in the troy and avoirdupois systems, equal to 1/5760 of a pound troy and 1/7000 of a pound avoirdupois (approximately 0.0648 gram).
  1. 'It's a boat-tailed bullet (that is, the rear of the bullet is tapered) and weighs 173 grains.'
  2. 'Multiply the hardness of the water in grains per gallon by 8 (or 7.866 to be more precise).'
  3. 'Pour your powder into the hopper, enter in your desired charge weight in grains, and press a button.'
  4. 'They had to drop bullet weight about 20 grains but did they have to reduce velocity from .45 Colt loads?'
  5. 'Prior to 1933, the name ‘dollar’ was used to refer to a unit of gold that had a weight of 23.22 grains.'
  6. 'It's not so surprising that people chose the grain (weighing four point eight centigrams) as the unit of measure.'
  7. 'Bullet weights increasing from 110 to 180 grains in normal increments seemed like a sensible idea.'
  8. 'In the metric system, there are 454 grams to a pound but there are 7,000 grains.'
  9. 'The weight is a few grains more which may stiffen the shaft a little.'
The longitudinal arrangement or pattern of fibres in wood, paper, etc.
  1. 'If you do woodwork at school, you learn to exploit the properties of wood, such as it splits along the grain.'
  2. 'He lay on his side, staring at the pattern of the wood grain on the bedpost, wishing he could just drop off.'
  3. 'Wood may vary greatly in hardness, grain pattern, and grain direction.'
  4. 'Mark Bishop's Black Heart Myrtle platter has a simple shape that shows the rich colour and unusual grain of this timber.'
  5. 'For garment sewing, where pattern pieces are usually cut on the lengthwise grain, try one or more of the following.'
  6. 'Cut a narrow strip of fusible tricot interfacing along the lengthwise grain and apply it to the wrong side of the zipper seam.'
  7. 'For the best fit around the torso, position the body pattern pieces with their length along the crosswise grain.'
  8. 'Cut the beef into very thin slices across the grain into bite-size pieces (or ask your butcher to do this).'
  9. 'Translucent wood stains complement the natural beauty of wood by allowing the pattern of the grain to show.'
  10. 'The direction of the grain, as well as the amount of figuring in the wood, can affect the way it is sanded and sawed.'
  11. 'the lighter, finer grain of the wood is attractive'
  12. 'Like teak, it is prized for its strength, weight and working quality - the fine grain, for example, allows the wood to be polished to a high shine.'
  13. 'He let his weight carry him to the floor with his back leaning against the desk, the feel of the wood grain against his back called up memories that made him feel even weaker.'
  14. 'The complete absence of grain and texture makes carving difficult and unrewarding.'
  15. 'When did you last trace the grain in a piece of wood, sing a song, or just hold someone's hand?'
  16. 'We pushed open the 600 year-old great oak door, hard as bell metal with the patina of pilgrimage etched deep into its rough grain and stepped in.'
  17. 'Eagle's new ‘Ultra Ivory’ is a synthetic material with the grain and texture of real ivory.'
  18. 'Again, it works because there is nothing token or apologetic about it, and you end up not minding the hard plastic surfaces because they are honest enough not to ape leather grain.'
  19. 'The grain and camcorder quality degrade the already poor material to the point of being unwatchable.'
  20. 'Edge enhancement was kept at a minimum, and only a small amount of grain was spotted.'
A person's character or natural tendency.
  1. 'And it doesn't go with the grain of human nature.'
  2. '‘You have to reflect the history of the area and you have to give something back which reflects the urban grain,’ he said.'
Kermes or cochineal, or dye made from either of these.


    Give a rough surface or texture to.
    1. 'Her body was becoming grained with sweat.'
    2. 'The acid had the desirable effect of keeping the sugar mixture clear and hard when it cooled, instead of graining, i.e. recrystallizing to granulated sugar.'
    Paint (especially furniture or interior surfaces) in imitation of the grain of wood or marble.
    1. 'Nathaniel Clements, another decorative artist from Dublin, likes to work with finishes such as marbling and graining that date back to the 18th century.'
    2. 'Among these are smoke graining (executed with a candle), dry graining (achieved by squeezing most of the paint off the brush), stenciling, and freehand painting.'
    Remove hair from (a hide).
      Feed (a horse) on grain.
      1. 'He dismounted, led the horse to the barn and grained him.'
      2. 'I still have a field of good timothy and alfalfa I let them up the hill cut on shares, and I grain her just as much as I need.'

      More definitions

      1. a small, hard seed, especially the seed of a food plant such as wheat, corn, rye, oats, rice, or millet.

      2. the gathered seed of food plants, especially of cereal plants.

      3. such plants collectively.

      4. any small, hard particle, as of sand, gold, pepper, or gunpowder.

      5. the smallest unit of weight in most systems, originally determined by the weight of a plump grain of wheat. In the U.S. and British systems, as in avoirdupois, troy, and apothecaries' weights, the grain is identical

      More examples(as adjective)

      "handlers can be grain."

      "representatives can be grain."

      "beets can be grain."

      "traders can be grain."

      "operations can be grain."

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      Middle English (originally in the sense ‘seed, grain of corn’): from Old French grain, from Latin granum.


      against the grain