Definition of “grain” - English Dictionary

“grain” in British English

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uk /ɡreɪn/ 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 food plants like grasses) is one of the main exports of the American Midwest.
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  • European countries are quite aggressive subsidizers of grain exports.
  • A few chickens were scratching around in the yard for grain.
  • The grain is still milled locally.
  • A tornado destroyed grain crops across much of the Midwest.
  • A surplus of corn has helped depress the grain market.

(Definition of “grain” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“grain” in American English

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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 main exports of the American Midwest.


[ C ] a very small piece of a hard substance, or a small amount 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 natural pattern of lines in the surface of a material, such as wood or rock, or the direction in which the fibers that form these substances lie:

Polishing the wood brings 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 /ɡreɪn/ us

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.

(Definition of “grain” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)