- Grate is defined as to shred, scrape, grind or irritate.
- An example of to grate is shredding cheese.
- An example of to grate is getting on someone's nerves.
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- to grind into shreds or particles by rubbing or scraping
- to rub against (an object) with a harsh, scraping sound
- to grind (the teeth) together with a rasping sound
- to irritate; annoy; fret
Origin: Middle English graten from Old French grater (Fr gratter) from Frankish an unverified form kratton, akin to Old High German chrazzōn (Ger kratzen), to scratch from Indo-European base an unverified form gred- from source Albanian gërrusë, scraper
- to grind or rub with a harsh scraping or rasping sound
- to make a harsh or rasping sound
- to have an irritating or annoying effect
- grating (sense )
- a frame of metal bars for holding fuel in a fireplace, stove, or furnace
- a fireplace
- Mining a screen for grading ores
Origin: ME, trellis, lattice from Midieval Latin grata, crata from Classical Latin cratis, a hurdle, crate
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verb grat·ed, grat·ing, grates verb, transitive
- To reduce to fragments, shreds, or powder by rubbing against an abrasive surface.
- To cause to make a harsh grinding or rasping sound through friction: grated her teeth in anger.
- To irritate or annoy persistently.
- Archaic To rub or wear away.
- To make a harsh rasping sound by or as if by scraping or grinding.
- To cause irritation or annoyance: a noise that grates on one's nerves.
Origin: Middle English graten, from Old French grater, to scrape, of Germanic origin.
- A framework of parallel or latticed bars for blocking an opening.
- A framework of metal bars used to hold fuel or food in a stove, furnace, or fireplace.
- A fireplace.
- A perforated iron plate or screen for sieving and grading crushed ore.
Origin: Middle English, from Medieval Latin grāta, alteration of Latin crātis, wickerwork.