- (v. t.) To deduce logically, as conclusions.
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Definition of: GRATE
- (a.) Serving to gratify; agreeable.
- (n.) 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.
- (n.) A frame or bed, or kind of basket, of iron bars, for holding fuel while burning.
- (v. i.) To make a harsh sound by friction.
- (v. i.) 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.
- (v. t.) To furnish with grates; to protect with a grating or crossbars; as, to grate a window.
- (v. t.) 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.
- (v. t.) To reduce to small particles by rubbing with anything rough or indented; as, to grate a nutmeg.
- (v. t.) To fret; to irritate; to offend.
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- (superl.) Large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous; expanded; -- opposed to small and little; as, a great house, ship, farm, plain, distance, length.
- (superl.) Large in number; numerous; as, a great company, multitude, series, etc.
- (superl.) Long continued; lengthened in duration; prolonged in time; as, a great while; a great interval.
- (superl.) Superior; admirable; commanding; -- applied to thoughts, actions, and feelings.
- (superl.) Endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble; as, a great hero, scholar, genius, philosopher, etc.
- (superl.) Holding a chief position; elevated: lofty: eminent; distingushed; foremost; principal; as, great men; the great seal; the great marshal, etc.
- (superl.) Entitled to earnest consideration; weighty; important; as, a great argument, truth, or principle.
- (superl.) Pregnant; big (with young).
- (superl.) More than ordinary in degree; very considerable in degree; as, to use great caution; to be in great pain.
- (superl.) Older, younger, or more remote, by single generation; -- often used before grand to indicate one degree more remote in the direct line of descent; as, great-grandfather (a grandfather's or a grandmother's father), great-grandson, etc.
- (n.) The whole; the gross; as, a contract to build a ship by the great.
- (n.) A shield or target.
- (pl.) of Tergum