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English definition of “grain”

grain

noun     /ɡreɪn/
SEED [C, U] a seed or seeds from types of grass that are eaten as food : grains of wheat / rice Farming - general wordsFruits and seeds and their partsCereals
PIECE [C] a very small piece of something: a grain of sand / sugar Words meaning small pieces and amounts
QUALITY [no plural] a very small amount of a quality : There isn't a grain of truth in her story .Conditions and characteristics
the grain the natural direction and pattern of lines which you can see in wood or material : to cut something along/against the grainPatterns and shapes
→ See also take sth with a pinch of salt, go against the grain
(Definition of grain noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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