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Mixed grain (1).
A close-up of wood grain (4).
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Etymology

From Old French grein, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] granum (seed).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
grain

Plural
s

grain (s)
  1. (uncountable) The harvested seeds of various grass-related food crops eg: wheat, corn, barley.
    We stored a thousand tons of grain for the winter.
  2. (countable) A single seed of grain.
    a grain of wheat
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The crops from which grain is harvested.
    The fields were planted with grain.
  4. (uncountable) A linear texture of a material or surface.
    Cut along the grain of the wood.
  5. (countable) A single particle of a substance.
    a grain of sand
    a grain of salt
  6. (uncountable) A very small unit of weight, in England equal to 1/480 of an ounce troy, 0.0648 grams or, to be more exact, 64.79891 milligrams. A carat grain or pearl grain is 1/4 carat or 50 milligrams. The old French grain was 1/9216 livre or 53.11 milligrams, and in the mesures usuelles permitted from 1812 to 1839, with the livre redefined as 500 grams, it was 54.25 milligrams.
  7. (materials) a region within a material having a single crystal structure or direction

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Verb

Infinitive
to grain

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to grain (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. to feed grain to
  2. to make granular; to form into grains
  3. to texture a surface in imitation of the grain of a substance such as wood
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to remove the hair or fat from a skin
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to soften leather

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