Grate (?), a. [L. gratus agreeable, grateful: cf. It. & Sp. grato. See Grace, and cf. Agree.]

Serving to gratify; agreeable.


Sir T. Herbert.


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Grate, n. [LL.. grata, fr. L. crates hurdle; or It. grata, of the same origin. Sae Crate, Hurdle.]


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.

"A secret grate of iron bars."



A frame or bed, or kind of basket, of iron bars, for holding fuel while burning.

Grate surface Steam, Boiler the area of the surface of the grate upon which the fuel lies in the furnace.


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Grate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grated; p. pr. &. vb. n. Grating.]

To furnish with grates; to protect with a grating or crossbars; as, to grate a window.


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Grate, v. t. [OF grater to scrape, scratch, F. gratter, LL. gratare, cratare; of German origin; cf. OHG. chrazz&omac;n G. kratzen, D. krassen, Sw. Kratta, and perh. E. scratch.]


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.

On their hinges grate Harsh thunder. Milton.


To reduce to small particles by rubbing with anything rough or indented; as, to grate a nutmeg.


To fret; to irritate; to offend.

News, my good lord Rome . . . grates me. Shak.


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Grate, v. i.


To make a harsh sound by friction.

I had rather hear a brazen canstick turned, Or a dry wheel grate on the exletree. Shak.


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.

This grated harder upon the hearts of men. South.

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