1. [ noun ] a small hard particle

"a grain of sand"

Related terms: atom granule
2. [ noun ] (food) cereal grain suitable as food for human beings
Synonyms: cereal food_grain
Related terms: foodstuff rice barley corn wheat millet groats oat malt wild_rice buckwheat grist
3. [ verb ] become granular
Synonyms: granulate
Related terms: change_shape
4. [ noun ] 1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams
Related terms: avoirdupois_unit dram
5. [ noun ] (botany) dry seedlike fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
Synonyms: caryopsis
Related terms: seed barleycorn kernel rye wheat_berry amaranth
6. [ noun ] used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat
Synonyms: metric_grain
Related terms: metric_weight_unit decigram milligram
7. [ noun ] (pharmacology) 1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams
Related terms: apothecaries'_unit troy_unit pennyweight scruple
8. [ verb ] form into grains
Synonyms: granulate
Related terms: shape granulate
9. [ verb ] paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
Related terms: paint
10. [ verb ] thoroughly work in
Synonyms: ingrain

"His hands were grained with dirt"

Related terms: penetrate
11. [ noun ] (fine art) the direction or texture of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric

: "saw the board across the grain"

Related terms: texture graining woodgrain
Similar spelling:   grainy