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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.

Synonyms:

moil, scratch, dig, erode, spite, grit, scrape, put out, ruffle, grill, bug, fireplace, bone, itch, blanch, frustrate, fret, gripe, scratch up, barbecue, carve, sounds, scrunch, gnash, diffraction grating, skin, fire screen, stove, genuflect, kowtow, eat, gridiron, rankle, grind, nark, andiron, gall, crack, buzz, drive someone mad, burn, eat away, madden, inglenook, travail, blow, fireguard, lattice, nettle, pique, click, chill, drudge, craunch, labour, babble, furnace, get, fuss, cranch, bray, persecute, fray, fireside, blend, hearth, eat into, ding, crunch, cowl, chimney, screen, butcher, butchery, gag, mash, scrape up, cough, comminute, niggle, come up, fender, hack, butter, burble, bed, frost, toil, beat, bake, grating, labor, choke.

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