grating grating  /ˈɡreɪ tɪŋ/


  1. (n) a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air
  2. (n) a frame of iron bars to hold a fire
  3. (n) optical device consisting of a surface with many parallel grooves in it; disperses a beam of light (or other electromagnetic radiation) into its wavelengths to produce its spectrum
  4. (adj) unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound



  1. But a fusillade of machine-gun fire stopped him on the grating; hit by seven bullets in the head and neck, he crumpled to the ground.
  2. The toughest job a highbrow machinist can tackle is to make a diffraction grating.
  3. If you like endless cut scenes and game chatter spoken in grating Serbian accents, this is the game for you.


  1. New Aliso Viejo roadwork to be a day job

    With previous nighttime work in Aliso Viejo grating on residents nearby, the City Council approved an asphalt rehabilitation project on Aliso Creek Road, this one with a daytime schedule. The $485,000 contract is about $20,000 higher than a contract...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Aliso Viejo & Laguna Niguel News

  2. County Commissioners Approve Burn Ban in Ward County

    If you live in Ward County, a burn ban is now in effect. County Commissioners approved a burn ban this week. You can still burn trash but it has to be in containers covered by metal grating.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: News West 9 Midland


  1. "It's quite clear that it's metal-to-metal grating or something, and it's widespread," Tani said.
    on Oct 27, 2007 By: Daniel Tani Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "I was disappointed. I had to get a release from the [NZ] board to join the ICL, then they did an about-face," Bond said. "That is what is most grating - I never even got an apology. After I had signed, I was told I had to tear up the...
    on Nov 11, 2008 By: Shane Bond Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "He did have the knack of irritating you, grating you," Kasprowicz, who locked horns with "the Raj" on countless occasions, told The Sun-Herald between matches for the Mumbai Champs in the Indian Cricket League. "There was the third Test at...
    on Oct 18, 2008 By: Michael Kasprowicz Source: The Canberra Times

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