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metric grain

Definition:

a weight unit used for pearls or diamonds; equal to 50 milligrams or 1/4 carat

Class:

quantity noun (quantities and units of measure)

Plural:

metric grains

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

milligramme

Synonyms:

grain

Etymology:

"scarlet dye made from insects" (late 12th century in surnames), from Old French...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

grain | with a grain of salt [sense-specific] | metric grain [synonym, sense-specific] | colour [obsolete, sense-specific] | graining [synonym, sense-specific] | granulate [synonym, sense-specific] | crystallize [synonym, sense-specific] | grainer [noun, derived]

the small hard seedlike fruit of a grass, especially a cereal plant | a mass of such fruits, especially when gathered for food | the plants, ... (24 of 969 words, 31 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Food grain | Grains

small, hard, dry seeds harvested for human food or animal feed. Agronomists also call the plants producing such seeds 'grain crops'. Harvested, dry grains have advantages over other staple foods such as the starchy fruits and roots/tubers in the ease... (40 of 681 words, 4 images)

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Grain (disambiguation) | Grains

coarse particles such as sand particles, salt particles or seeds: Food grains, the small, hard, fruits or seeds of arable crops or the crops bearing these fruits or seeds. Includes the: cereal grains (caryopsis of grass plants) | pseudocereals: starchy... (39 of 302 words, 18 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

grain | grains [plural] | grained [past tense] | graining [present participle]

[uncountable] The harvested seeds of various grass-related food crops eg: wheat, corn, barley. | [countable] A single seed of grain. | [countable, uncountable] The crops from which grain is harvested. | [uncountable] A linear texture of a material or ... (36 of 285 words, 17 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation, 2 images)

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Merriam-Webster:

grain [entry 1, noun] | atom [synonym, sense-specific] | crumb [synonym, sense-specific] | dribble [synonym, sense-specific] | fleck [synonym, sense-specific] | flyspeck [synonym, sense-specific] | bit [synonym, sense-specific] | granule [synonym, sense-specific] | molecule [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[obsolete] a single small hard seed ; a seed or fruit of a cereal grass; ... | a small hard particle or crystal ; any of the particles produced in a ... (30 of 476 words, 8 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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grain [entry 2, verb] | granulate [synonym, sense-specific] | ingrain [synonym, sense-specific] | grainer [noun, related]

"ingrain" | to form into grains; "granulate" | to paint in imitation of the grain of wood or stone | to feed with grain | to become granular; ... (24 of 50 words, 5 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

grain | against the or one's grain [sense-specific] | with a grain of salt [sense-specific] | with a grain of salt: salt [entry 1, definition 9, sense-specific]

a small, hard seed, especially the seed of a food plant such as wheat, corn, rye, oats, rice, or millet. | the gathered seed of food plants, ... (26 of 421 words, 27 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/grain

Oxford Dictionary:

grain | gr. [abbreviation] | graining [abbreviation] | against the grain | grained [derived] | grainer [derived] | grainless [derived]

wheat or any other cultivated cereal used as food. | the seeds of wheat or other cultivated cereals. | a single fruit or seed of a cereal | a small ... (27 of 413 words, 21 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

grain | grained [past tense] | graining [present participle] | grains [3rd-person singular present] | caryopses [plural] | caryopsides [plural] | gr. [abbreviation, sense-specific] | caryopsis [abbreviation, sense-specific] | grainer [noun, related]

A small, dry, one-seeded fruit of a cereal grass, having the fruit and the seed walls united | The fruits of cereal grasses especially after having ... (25 of 316 words, 24 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

grain | gr [abbreviation, sense-specific]

a small, hard seed or seedlike fruit, especially that of any cereal plant, as wheat, rice, corn, rye, etc. | : also called corn in Great Britain ; ... (27 of 277 words, 13 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

grain

in agriculture, term referring to the caryopsis, or dry fruit, of a cereal grass. The term is also applied to the seedlike fruits of buckwheat and of ... (27 of 270 words)

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English units of measurement | British Imperial System of weights and measures | U.S. Customary System of weights and measures | apothecaries weight | troy weights | units of measurement | avoirdupois weights | barrel | bushel | ...

principal system of weights and measures used in a few nations, the only major industrial one being the United States. It actually consists of two ... (25 of 79 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

grain | grains [plural] | go against the grain

[uncountable] the seeds from crops such as wheat, rice, or barley that are ... | [countable] a very small individual piece of a substance such as ... (25 of 167 words, 5 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/grain

Britannica Encyclopedia:

grain [unit of weight]

unit of weight equal to 0.065 gram, or 1/7,000 pound avoirdupois. One of the earliest units of common measure and the smallest, ... (22 of 138 words)

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grain [solid]

in metallurgy, any of the crystallites of varying, randomly distributed, small sizes that compose a solid metal. Randomly oriented, the grains contact ... (22 of 95 words)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

grain [entry 1]

(a) seed from a plant, especially a plant like a grass such as rice or wheat (16 of 49 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/grain 1

grain [entry 2]

a very small piece of a hard substance | [singular] a very small amount of a particular quality (17 of 51 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/grain 2

grain [entry 3]

the pattern of extremely small spots of black and white or colour, or any of the separate spots, which form a photographic or film image (25 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/grain 3

grain [entry 4] | the grain

the natural patterns of lines in the surface of wood or cloth (12 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/grain 4

grain [entry 5, outdated]

a unit of mass, equal to 0.0648 grams (8 of 17 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/grain 5

Encarta Dictionary:

grain | grains [plural] | grained [past tense] | graining [present participle]

cereal crops | a small hard seed | a tiny individual piece of something such as sand or salt | a tiny amount of something | the arrangement, ... (24 of 393 words, 19 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861614877​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

grain

First use: early 13th century

Origin: "scarlet dye made from insects" (late 12th century in surnames), from Old French grain (12th century) "seed, grain, particle, berry, scarlet ... (24 of 109 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

grain

Origin: originally from the weight of a grain of wheat | Middle English greyne from Old French grein, a seed, grain ( from Latin granum, ... (23 of 53 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

grain | gr. [abbreviation] | graining [abbreviation]

Origin: Middle English (originally in the sense "seed, grain of corn"): from Old French grain, from Latin granum | sense-specific: because ... (19 of 47 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

grain | grains [plural] | grained [past tense] | graining [present participle]

Origin: Old French grain, grein, from Latin grānum ("seed"), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵr̥h2nóm ("grain"). Compare English corn. | See groin ("part of the body").

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American Heritage Dictionary:

grain | grained [past tense] | graining [present participle] | grains [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French graine, from Latin grānum; see gṛə-no- in Indo-European roots.

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Collins Dictionary:

grain

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French, from Latin grānum

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/grain

Merriam-Webster:

grain [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, partly from Anglo-French grain cereal grain, from Latin granum; partly from Anglo-French graine seed, kermes, ... (19 of 25 etymology words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

grain | grains [plural] | grained [past tense] | graining [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: French from Latin granum "seed"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861614877​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

grain | grains [plural] | grained [past tense] | graining [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "grain"

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Collins Dictionary:

grain

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "grain"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/grain

Macmillan British Dictionary:

grain | grains [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "grain"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/grain

Macmillan American Dictionary:

grain | grains [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "grain"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/grain

Cambridge Dictionary:

grain [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "grain"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "grain"

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the Free Dictionary:

grain

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Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "grain"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "grain" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

grain | grains [plural] | grained [past tense] | graining [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "grain"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

grain

Audio: North American pronunciation of "grain"

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YourDictionary Audio:

grain

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freedictionary.org:

Grain

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