Grate meaning

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A framework of metal bars used to hold fuel or food in a stove, furnace, or fireplace.
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(archaic) To rub or wear away.
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A fireplace.
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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 reduce to fragments, shreds, or powder by rubbing against an abrasive surface.
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To cause to make a harsh grinding or rasping sound through friction.

Grated her teeth in anger.

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To irritate or annoy persistently.

It always grates me to get put on hold.

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To make a harsh rasping sound.

An old gate grating in the wind.

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To cause irritation or annoyance.

A noise that grates on one's nerves.

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A harsh rasping sound made by scraping or rubbing.

The grate of a key in a lock.

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A framework of parallel or latticed bars for blocking an opening.
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A perforated iron plate or screen for sieving and grading crushed ore.
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To equip with a grate.
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To grind into shreds or particles by rubbing or scraping.
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To rub against (an object) with a harsh, scraping sound.
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To grind (the teeth) together with a rasping sound.
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To irritate; annoy; fret.
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To grind or rub with a harsh scraping or rasping sound.
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To make a harsh or rasping sound.
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To have an irritating or annoying effect.

A noise that grates on one's nerves.

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A frame of metal bars for holding fuel in a fireplace, stove, or furnace.
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A fireplace.
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(mining) A screen for grading ores.
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To provide with a grate.
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A horizontal metal grille through which water, ash, or small objects can fall, while larger objects cannot.

The grate stopped the sheep from escaping from their field.

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A frame or bed, or kind of basket, of iron bars, for holding fuel while burning.
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To furnish with grates; to protect with a grating or crossbars.

To grate a window.

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(cooking) To shred things, usually foodstuffs, by rubbing across a grater.

I need to grate the cheese before the potato is cooked.

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(intransitive) To rub against, making a (usually unpleasant) squeaking sound.

Listening to his teeth grate all day long drives me mad.

The chalk grated against the board.

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(by extension, intransitive) To grate on one’s nerves; to irritate or annoy.

She’s nice enough, but she can begin to grate if there is no-one else to talk to.

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(obsolete) Serving to gratify; agreeable.

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Origin of grate

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin grāta alteration of Latin crātis wickerwork

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English graten from Old French grater to scrape of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French grater (“to scrape”) (> French gratter), from Frankish kratton, Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Old High German krazzon (> German kratzen (“to scrawl”) > Danish kradse), Icelandic krassa (“to scrawl”) and Danish kratte.

    From Wiktionary

  • Late Latin grata, from Latin word for a hurdle; or Italian grata, of the same origin.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin gratus (“agreeable”).

    From Wiktionary