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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun grain:


The word grain is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun grain

What does grain mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: grains

  1. a relatively small granular particle of a substance
  2. foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonyms of grain: cereal / food grain
    • more generic terms: food product / foodstuff = a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food
    • more specific terms:
      • edible corn / corn = ears of corn that can be prepared and served for human food
      • grist = grain intended to be or that has been ground
      • groats = the hulled and crushed grain of various cereals
      • millet = small seed of any of various annual cereal grasses especially Setaria italica
      • barleycorn / barley = a grain of barley
      • buckwheat = grain ground into flour
      • wheat berry / wheat = grains of common wheat; sometimes cooked whole or cracked as cereal
      • oat = seed of the annual grass Avena sativa
      • rice = grains used as food either unpolished or more often polished
      • Indian rice / wild rice = grains of aquatic grass of North America
      • malt = a cereal grain (usually barley) that is kiln-dried after having been germinated by soaking in water
  3. the side of leather from which the hair has been removed
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: leather = an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
  4. a weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat
  5. 1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams
  6. 1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic term: avoirdupois unit = any of the units of the avoirdupois system of weights
    • part of: dram = 1/16 ounce or 1.771 grams
  7. dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • synonym of grain: caryopsis
    • more generic word: seed = a small hard fruit
    • more specific terms:
      • amaranth = seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South America
      • barleycorn = a grain of barley
      • wheat berry = a grain of wheat
      • kernel = a single whole grain of a cereal
      • rye = the seed of the cereal grass
  8. a cereal grass
    • example: wheat is a grain that is grown in Kansas
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic terms: cereal / cereal grass = grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat
  9. the smallest possible unit of anything
    • examples: there was a grain of truth in what he said | he does not have a grain of sense
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: littleness / smallness = the property of having a relatively small size
  10. the direction, texture, or pattern of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric
    • example: saw the board across the grain
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: texture = the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality
    • more specific terms:
  11. the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)

Alternative definition of the noun grain


  1. [uncountable] The harvested seeds of various grass-related food crops eg: wheat, corn, barley.
  2. [countable] A single seed of grain.
  3. [context: countable, uncountable] The crops from which grain is harvested.
  4. [uncountable] A linear texture of a material or surface.
  5. [countable] A single particle of a substance.
  6. [uncountable] A very small unit of weight, in England equal to 1/480 of an ounce troy, 0.0648 grams or, to be more exact, 64.79891 milligrams. A carat grain or pearl grain is 1/4 carat or 50 milligrams. The old French grain was 1/9216 livre or 53.11 milligrams, and in the mesures usuelles permitted from 1812 to 1839, with the livre redefined as 500 grams, it was 54.25 milligrams.
  7. (materials) A region within a material having a single crystal structure or direction.

Definition of the verb grain

What does grain mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: grained | graining | grains

  1. thoroughly work in
    • example: His hands were grained with dirt
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of grain: ingrain
    • more generic words: penetrate / perforate = pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
  2. paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: paint = apply paint to
  3. form into grains
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of grain: granulate
    • more generic word: form = assume a form or shape
    • cause: granulate
  4. become granular

Alternative definition of the verb grain


  1. To feed grain to.
  2. To make granular; to form into grains.
  3. To texture a surface in imitation of the grain of a substance such as wood.
  4. [context: tanning] To remove the hair or fat from a skin.
  5. [context: tanning] To soften leather.


Grain a.k.a. Cereal: A cereal is a grass, a member of the monocot family Poaceae, cultivated for the edible components of its grain, composed of the endosperm, germ, and bran. Cereal grains are grown in greater quantities and provide more food energy worldwide than any other type of crop; they are therefore staple crops.

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"Grain" is a book by Charles T. Peavey.


  1. "Grain" is a musical album of Philip Samartzis, Pimmon, Shinjuku Thief & David Brown.
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  2. "Grain" is a musical album of Damiano Mercuri & Belborn.
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  3. "Grain" is a musical album of Keith Rowe & Burkhard Beins.
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  4. "Grain" is a musical EP of Grain.
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  5. "Grain" is a musical album of Treecreeper.
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  6. "Grain" is a musical album of Zs.
  7. "Grain" is a composition.
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Grain Surfboards is an American company that manufactures custom and originally designed hollow wooden surfboards. The surfboards are made primarily from Northern White Cedar, with some Western Red Cedar added for color accent.


Who is Grain?

Grain a.k.a. Artwork is a member of the musical group Magnetic Man.


  1. Grain a.k.a. The bias direction of a piece of woven fabric, usually referred to simply as "the bias", is at 45 degrees to its warp and weft threads. Every piece of woven fabric has two biases, perpendicular to each other. Non-woven fabrics such as felt or interfacing do not have a bias.
  2. Grain is a stream cipher submitted to eSTREAM in 2004 by Martin Hell, Thomas Johansson and Willi Meier. It has been selected for the final eSTREAM portfolio for Profile 2 by the eSTREAM project. Grain is designed primarily for restricted hardware environments. It accepts an 80-bit key and a 64-bit IV. The specifications do not recommended a maximum length of output per pair. A number of potential weaknesses in the cipher have been identified and corrected in Grain 128a which is now the recommended cipher to use for hardware environments providing both 128bit security and authentication.
  3. GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.
  4. Grain is a Canadian literary magazine featuring poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and artwork. It is published quarterly by the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild and is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  5. Grain: The traditional unit of mass derived from the weight of a grain and equal to one seven-thousandth of a pound, or 1/480 troy ounce, or 64.79891 milligrams. The original English grain unit based on the mass of a ripe grain barleycorn was larger the corresponding grain units of France and other European nations which were based on the weight of the smaller wheat grain.

Phrases with Grain

Phrases starting with the word Grain:

  1. grain moth
  2. grain field
  3. Grain Physa
  4. Grain whisky
  5. grain alcohol
  6. Grain of salt
  7. Grain Refiner
  8. grain sorghum
  9. Grain boundary
  10. Grain elevator
  11. grain merchant

Phrases ending with the word Grain:

  1. to grain
  2. feed grain
  3. food grain
  4. seed grain
  5. Troy Grain
  6. wood grain
  7. horse grain
  8. metric grain
  9. Pollen Grain

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Grain

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Google previewHuman's Perfect Food: Rediscovering Ancient Grain Jere

by River Elderholly

Ancient grain is the most adaptable plant in the world (has more variables per allele than any other plant in the world – Nevo, Brown). Humans are the...

Google previewBiology of Pollen (1998)

by A. K. Shukla, M. R. Vijayaraghavan, B. Chaudhry

Pollen grain is the carrier of male gametes in seed plants, designed to bring into effect a peculiar siphonogamous mode of sperm carriage to the female gamete. This peculiar mode of gametic transmission has not only facilitated the advent of ...

Google previewScaling Relations in Experimental Ecology (2012)

by Robert H. Gardner, W. Michael. Kemp, Victor S. Kennedy, John E. Petersen

Grain is the spatial or temporal resolution chosen to analyze a given data set, whereas extent is the size of the study and the total duration of over which measurements are made (Wiens 1989; Allen and Hoekstra 1991). It is helpful to ...

Google previewPharmacology and Therapeutics for Dentistry (2010)

by John A. Yagiela, Frank J. Dowd, Bart Johnson, Angelo Mariotti, Enid A. Neidle

The grain is the unit of weight, and the minim is the unit of liquid measure ( volume) in the apothecary system. There are 480 grains in 1 ounce and 480 minims in a fluid ounce. In the metric system, the gram is the unit of mass, and the liter is the ...

Google previewFundamentals of Atmospheric Radiation (2006)

An Introduction with 400 Problems by Craig F. Bohren, Eugene E. Clothiaux

A grain is a coherent object: every molecule...

The total light scattered by the grain is the superposition of all the waves scattered by its constituent molecules taking due account of the phase differences between them, which in turn depend on ...

Google previewAstronomy: A Physical Perspective (2003)

by Marc L. Kutner

The grain is a distance d from the star. Derive an expression for the dust temperature. '14.11. Suppose a dust grain has an albedo a(A). It is near a star whose spectrum is that of a blackbody at temperature T«, and whose radius is R-. The grain ...

Google previewThe Propagation of Plants (1917)

by Lee Cleveland Corbett

In sections where the seeding of spring-sown grain is the rule it is the general practice to seed ...

Google previewTheological Dictionary of the Old Testament (1990)

by G. Johannes Botterweck, Helmer Ringgren

"Grain, Wine, and Oil"; 3. Used Alone. 1. Etymology, Meaning, Occurrences. The noun yishar is usually derived from the root shr, "shine"; it is said to describe olive oil as "shining." But this etymology contributes little to an understanding of the ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues (2015)

by Ken Albala

Grain Elevators/Hoarding and Speculation Grain elevators/hoarding and...

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Quotes about Grain

A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom. - from Live Without Principle (Henry David Thoreau)
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Scrabble value of G2R1A1I1N1

The value of this 5-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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