Gridiron meaning

grĭdīərn
A framework of metal bars or wires on which to broil meat or fish; grill.
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A metal structure high above the stage of a theater, from which ropes or cables are strung to scenery and lights.
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Any framework or network resembling a gridiron.
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A football field.
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An instrument of torture on which people were secured before being burned by fire. [from 13th c.]
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An iron rack or grate used for broiling flesh and fish over coals. [from 14th c.]
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Any object resembling the rack or grate. [from 15th c.]
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(nautical) An openwork frame on which vessels are placed for examination, cleaning, and repairs.
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(American football) The field on which American football is played. [from 19th c.]
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(uncountable) American football.
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(Australia and New Zealand) A generic term for American and Canadian football, particularly when used to distinguish from other codes of football.
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Origin of gridiron

  • Middle English gridirne lattice, grill alteration (influenced by iren, irne iron) of gridere alteration of gridel griddle

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

  • Origin uncertain; the ending was assimilated to iron.

    From Wiktionary