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noun grain pronunciation in American English /ɡreɪn/ 
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  1. 2
    [countable] a very small individual piece of a substance such as sand, salt, or sugar
    1. a.
      [singular] a very small amount of a quality or feeling
      grain of: a grain of truth:

      There was more than a grain of truth in what he'd said.

  2. 3
    [uncountable] the arrangement, pattern, or direction of fibers in substances such as wood, stone, cloth, or paper

    There were deep cracks along the grain of the wood.

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