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Meaning of “grain” in the English Dictionary

"grain" in British English

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grainnoun

uk   us   /ɡreɪn/
  • grain noun (SEED)

C2 [C or U] a ​seed or ​seeds from a ​plant, ​especially a ​plant like a ​grass such as ​rice or wheat: grains of ​wheat/​rice Grain (= the ​crop from ​foodplants like ​grasses) is one of the ​mainexports of the American Midwest.
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  • grain noun (SMALL PIECE)

C2 [C] a very ​smallpiece of a hard ​substance: grains of ​sandC2 [S] a very ​smallamount of a ​particularquality: There wasn't a grain of ​truth in anything she said. Anyone with a grain of ​commonsense would have ​known what to do.
  • grain noun (WEIGHT)

[C] old-fashioned a ​unit of ​mass, ​equal to 0.0648 ​grams
(Definition of grain from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grain" in American English

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grainnoun

 us   /ɡreɪn/
  • grain noun (SEED)

[C/U] a ​seed from a ​plant, esp. a ​grass such as ​wheat, or the ​crop from such a ​plant: [C] Wheat and ​rye are two ​common grains used in making ​bread. [U] Grain is one of the ​mainexports of the American ​Midwest.
  • grain noun (SMALL PIECE/AMOUNT)

[C] a very ​smallpiece of a hard ​substance, or a ​smallamount of something: grains of ​sand There was a grain of ​truth in what she said. You haven’t got a grain of ​sense.
  • grain noun (PATTERN)

[U] the ​naturalpattern of ​lines in the ​surface of a ​material, such as ​wood or ​rock, or the ​direction in which the ​fibers that ​form these ​substanceslie: Polishing the ​woodbrings out ​its grain.
(Definition of grain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"grain" in Business English

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grainnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ɡreɪn/
a ​crop such as wheat and corn that is ​grown for ​food: Ultra-high ​prices of metals, grains and ​energy spurred ​production and stifled ​consumption. grain ​prices/​markets/​production
(Definition of grain from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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