1. [ noun ] a frame of iron bars to hold a fire
Synonyms: grating
Related terms: framework stove furnace
2. [ verb ] make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
Synonyms: grind

"grate one's teeth in anger"

Related terms: break_up chew gnash rub
3. [ verb ] furnish with a grate

"a grated fireplace"

Related terms: supply
4. [ verb ] gnaw into; make resentful or angry
Synonyms: fret rankle eat_into

"The unjustice rankled her" "his resentment festered"

Related terms: annoy
5. [ noun ] a harsh rasping sound made by scraping something
Related terms: noise
6. [ verb ] reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface

"grate carrots and onions" "grate nutmeg"

Related terms: rub grater
7. [ verb ] scratch repeatedly
Synonyms: scrape

"The cat scraped at the armchair"

Related terms: rub paw scratch
8. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 12830
9. [ noun ] a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air
Synonyms: grating
Related terms: barrier grille
Similar spelling:   Grote