Pronunciation: (grāt), [key]
n., v., grat•ed, grat•ing.

1. a frame of metal bars for holding fuel when burning, as in a fireplace, furnace, or stove.
2. a framework of parallel or crossed bars, used as a partition, guard, cover, or the like; grating.
3. a fireplace.

to furnish with a grate or grates.


Pronunciation: (grāt), [key]
v., grat•ed, grat•ing.

1. to have an irritating or unpleasant effect: His constant chatter grates on my nerves.
2. to make a sound of, or as if of, rough scraping; rasp.
3. to sound harshly; jar: to grate on the ear.
4. to scrape or rub with rough or noisy friction, as one thing on or against another.

1. to reduce to small particles by rubbing against a rough surface or a surface with many sharp-edged openings: to grate a carrot.
2. to rub together with a harsh, jarring sound: to grate one's teeth.
3. to irritate or annoy.
4. wear down or away by rough friction.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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