grating


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grate \Grate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grated; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Grating.]
   To furnish with grates; to protect with a grating or
   crossbars; as, to grate a window.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grating \Grat"ing\, n. [See 2d Grate.]
   1. A partition, covering, or frame of parallel or cross bars;
      a latticework resembling a window grate; as, the grating
      of a prison or convent.
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   2. (Optics) A system of close equidistant parallel lines or
      bars, esp. lines ruled on a polished surface, used for
      producing spectra by diffraction; -- called also
      diffraction grating.

   Note: Gratings have been made with over 40,000 such lines to
         the inch, but those with a somewhat smaller number give
         the best definition. They are used, e. g., to produce
         monochromatic light for use in optical instruments such
         as spectrophotometers.
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   3. pl. (Naut.) The strong wooden lattice used to cover a
      hatch, admitting light and air; also, a movable Lattice
      used for the flooring of boats.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grating \Grat"ing\, a. [See Grate to rub harshy.]
   That grates; making a harsh sound; harsh. -- Grat"ing*ly,
   adv.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grating \Grat"ing\, n.
   A harsh sound caused by attrition.
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