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Definition of grate:

  1. A frame or bed, or kind of basket, of iron bars, for holding fuel while burning.
  2. A structure or frame containing parallel or crosed bars, with interstices; a kind of latticework, such as is used ia the windows of prisons and cloisters.
  3. Serving to gratify; agreeable.
  4. To fret; to irritate; to offend.
  5. To furnish with grates; to protect with a grating or crossbars; as, to grate a window.
  6. To make a harsh sound by friction.
  7. To produce the effect of rubbing with a hard rough material; to cause wearing, tearing, or bruising. Hence; To produce exasperation, soreness, or grief; to offend by oppression or importunity.
  8. To reduce to small particles by rubbing with anything rough or indented; as, to grate a nutmeg.
  9. To rub roughly or harshly, as one body against another, causing a harsh sound; as, to grate the teeth; to produce ( a harsh sound) by rubbing.


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