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grating1 US English

Sounding harsh and unpleasant

grating2 US English

A framework of parallel or crossed bars, typically preventing access through an opening while permitting communication or ventilation

grating1 US Thesaurus

the chair made a grating noise

grating2 US Thesaurus

a strong iron grating

grate1 US English

Reduce (something, especially food) to small shreds by rubbing it on a grater

diffraction grating US English

A plate of glass or metal ruled with very close parallel lines, producing a spectrum by diffraction and interference of light

diffraction grating in grating2 US English

A set of equally spaced parallel wires, or a surface ruled with equally spaced parallel lines, used to produce spectra by diffraction