(noun, verb)


1. a relatively small granular particle of a substance

- a grain of sand

- a grain of sugar

Definition categories: object, atom, corpuscle, molecule, mote, particle, speck

2. foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses

Similar word(s): cereal

Definition categories: food, foodstuff

3. the side of leather from which the hair has been removed

Definition categories: substance, leather

4. a weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat

Definition categories: quantity

5. 1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams

Definition categories: quantity

6. 1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams

Definition categories: quantity

7. dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn

Similar word(s): caryopsis

Definition categories: plant, seed

8. a cereal grass

- wheat is a grain that is grown in Kansas

Definition categories: plant, cereal

9. the smallest possible unit of anything

- there was a grain of truth in what he said

- he does not have a grain of sense

Definition categories: attribute, littleness, smallness

10. the direction, texture, or pattern of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric

- saw the board across the grain

Definition categories: attribute, texture

11. the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)

- sand of a fine grain

- a stone of coarse grain

Similar word(s): texture

Definition categories: attribute, composition, constitution, makeup

Sentences with grain as a noun:

- We stored a thousand tons of grain for the winter.

- a grain of wheat

- grains of oat

- The fields were planted with grain.

- Cut along the grain of the wood.

- a grain of salt


1. thoroughly work in

- His hands were grained with dirt

Similar word(s): ingrain

Definition categories: contact, penetrate, perforate

2. paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood

Definition categories: contact, paint

3. form into grains

Similar word(s): granulate

Definition categories: change, form

4. become granular

Similar word(s): granulate

Definition categories: change, deform