Meaning of grate


Pronunciation: (grāt), [key]
— n., v., grat•ed, grat•ing.
  1. a frame of metal bars for holding fuel when burning, as in a fireplace, furnace, or stove.
  2. a framework of parallel or crossed bars, used as a partition, guard, cover, or the like; grating.
  3. a fireplace.
  1. to furnish with a grate or grates.


Pronunciation: (grāt), [key]
— v., grat•ed, grat•ing.
  1. to have an irritating or unpleasant effect: His constant chatter grates on my nerves.
  2. to make a sound of, or as if of, rough scraping; rasp.
  3. to sound harshly; jar: to grate on the ear.
  4. to scrape or rub with rough or noisy friction, as one thing on or against another.
  1. to reduce to small particles by rubbing against a rough surface or a surface with many sharp-edged openings: to grate a carrot.
  2. to rub together with a harsh, jarring sound: to grate one's teeth.
  3. to irritate or annoy.
  4. to wear down or away by rough friction.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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