- 1Sounding harsh and unpleasant: her high, grating voiceMore example sentences
- After a few seconds, a harsh grating voice came out of the speakers above the door.
- The man had rambled at her too, in a gravely, grating voice, explaining who he was and where he was taking her.
- The rough grating voices tore through the darkness and pierced his ears.
- 1.1Irritating: his grating confrontational personalityMore example sentences
irritating, annoying, infuriating, rankling, vexatious, irksome, galling, exasperating, maddening, displeasing; jarring, discordant, inharmonious, out of place, unsuitable, inappropriate, ill suited; tiresome, troublesome, niggling, disagreeable, unpleasant, offensive• informal aggravating
- It was an annoying, grating tweet designed specifically to get on the nerves of someone trying to stay asleep.
- ‘Oh, please,’ she begged in that grating voice that she seemed to instinctively know really got on his nerves.
- His grating voice, frameless spectacles, faded suits and short, stringy hair all broke with the conformist protest style.
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- Secondly and most gratingly, the immediate acknowledging of possible objectionability after you have done or said something potentially offensive does not actually neutralise your action.
- An overly facile change of heart here, an incongruous turn in the plot there - it's just enough to make us gratingly aware that the filmmakers ran out of patience or ingenuity.
- The worldliness of her books can be gratingly self-conscious at times, but it's never snotty.
- 1A framework of parallel or crossed bars, typically preventing access through an opening while permitting communication or ventilation.More example sentences
- Suddenly, something thudded against the grating that covered the opening.
- A welded grating prevents anyone from straying deeper into the adjoining caves.
- Toilet cubicles will need to be more spacious than usual, and gratings fitted to the floors to prevent accidental flooding.
- 1.1 (also diffraction grating) Optics A set of equally spaced parallel wires, or a surface ruled with equally spaced parallel lines, used to produce spectra by diffraction.More example sentences
- The etched etalon filter used in our single mode design has broader spectral characteristics than the gratings used in a typical DFB laser, which makes it less effective at filtering off-peak wavelengths.
- For narrow spectral bandwidth gratings, dimensional variations must be minimized or compensated, and the grating is apodized by both a.c. and d.c. variations in writing beams at a net constant power.
- Seminal work on the diffraction grating was done by Joseph von Fraunhofer beginning in 1821, who demonstrated that the gratings could produce spectra of unprecedented quality.