The lines on graph paper are an example of a grid.
- a framework of parallel bars; grating
- a network of evenly spaced horizontal and vertical bars or lines, esp. one for locating points when placed over a map, chart, etc.
- a system for distributing electric power throughout a region
- on a speedway, the order in which racing cars start
- Elec. a conductive framework of metal plates in a storage cell or battery, that contains lead or a lead compound, esp. a lead oxide, and reacts with the electrolyte
- Electronics any gridlike or spiral-shaped electrode positioned between a cathode and anode to control the flow of electrons or ions in an electron tube
Origin of gridshort for gridiron
Origin of grid< gridiron, sense
- a. A framework of crisscrossed or parallel bars; a grating or mesh.b. A cooking surface of parallel metal bars; a gridiron.
- Something resembling a framework of crisscrossed parallel bars, as in rigidity or organization: The city's streets form a grid.
- A pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines forming squares on a map, a chart, an aerial photograph, or an optical device, used as a reference for locating points.
- Electricity a. An interconnected system for the distribution of electricity or electromagnetic signals over a wide area, especially a network of high-tension cables and power stations.b. A corrugated or perforated conducting plate in a storage battery.
- Football The gridiron.
- Sports The starting positions of cars on a racecourse.
Origin of gridShort for gridiron.
- A rectangular array of squares or rectangles of equal size, such as in a crossword puzzle.
- A system for delivery of electricity, consisting of various substations, transformers and generators, connected by wire.
- (computing) A system or structure of distributed computers working mostly on a peer-to-peer basis, such structures being known as a computational grid or simply grid computing, and used mainly to solve single and complex scientific or technical problems or to process data at high speeds (as in clusters).
- (cartography) A method of marking off maps into areas.
- (motor racing) The pattern of starting positions of the drivers for a race.
- (electronics) The third (higher) electrode of a vacuum tube (triode or higher).
(third-person singular simple present grids, present participle gridding, simple past and past participle gridded)
grid - Computer Definition
(1) Any interconnected set of nodes such as the electric power network or a communications network.
(2) "The Grid" is a nickname for Internet2. See Internet2.
(3) In a vacuum tube or gas-filled electron tube, the grid is a perforated electrode through which electrons may pass. The term typically refers to the control grid in a triode, tetrode or pentode vacuum tube. In these cases, the grid is used to control the amount of current flow between the cathode and plate (anode). As the voltage potential is varied on the control grid, the amount of current allowed to pass through also varies. Relatively small fluctuations in the grid's potential can control substantially larger amounts of current flow through the tube. This phenomenon is referred to as "gain." Tetrodes and pentodes use additional grids to regulate current flow and effect gain. See screen grid and suppressor grid.