grain - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the seeds from crops such as wheat, rice, or barley that are used for food

    bags of mixed grain

    1. a.
      [uncountable] food crops such as wheat, rice, or barley

      golden fields of grain

    2. b.
      [countable] an individual seed from one of these crops

      a grain of rice

  2. 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
      a grain of truth:

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

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

    There were deep cracks along the grain of the wood.

  4. 4
    [countable] an old unit for measuring weight, equal to 0.065 gram
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