grate grate  /ˈɡreɪt/


  1. (n) a frame of iron bars to hold a fire
  2. (n) a harsh rasping sound made by scraping something
  3. (n) a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air
  4. (v) furnish with a grate
  5. (v) gnaw into; make resentful or angry
  6. (v) reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface
  7. (v) make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
  8. (v) scratch repeatedly

Derived Word(s)


  1. On the way to America, aboard one of three ships that would land at Jamestown, one passenger seemed to grate on the rest like a splintered oar.
  2. The grate is warm, but soon the moisture from the steam has soaked his newspapers and begins to gather on his clothes.
  3. For their achievements of making the largest computer and technology company in the world also a grate place to work.


  1. Blast dislodges grate on Congress Street

    An explosion Friday evening in an underground electrical vault blew a metal grate about four feet on Congress Street just west of Stone Avenue, a Tucson Fire Department spokesman said.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Arizona Daily Star

  2. Pennsylvania man finds alligator near sewer grate - VIDEO: Shark charges, jumps into boat in NJ

    A Philadelphia man has offered a little gator aid -- calling animal control authorities to help rescue a juvenile alligator he found near a sewer grate on his street.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Fox News

  3. Grate.Pair.Share. Showcases Cheese Recipes

    The new issue of Grate. Pair. Share. , the online magazine from Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board , is packed with more than 45 ways to enhance summer barbecues, cocktail parties and weeknight dinners with Wisconsin Cheese.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Gourmet Retailer


  1. "It's great. It is. When you're in it, it's great. In saying that, a lot of guys will agree, it can grate on you a little bit. Just that fact of going down the street and being noticed. Sometimes you don't want to be (noticed)," Renouf said....
    on Feb 17, 2009 By: Steve Renouf Source:

  2. "It does grate with us that it's come down to this," Ferdinand said. "We should have won the game in Copenhagen and it was the same again against Celtic. [Both games were lost 1-0.] We couldn't have controlled two games more than we did...
    on Dec 4, 2006 By: Rio Ferdinand Source: Times Online

  3. Myleene said: "We're not here to please the purists. They are not going to like this show at all. They don't like there being a crossover with the mainstream or even the term 'pop opera'. So to put the idea on a primetime show will grate against...
    on Jan 14, 2010 By: Myleene Klass Source: Daily Star

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