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grating1 British & World English

Sounding harsh and unpleasant

grating2 British & World English

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

grating1 English Thesaurus

pushing his chair from the table with a grating noise

grating2 English Thesaurus

a strong iron grating

grate1 British & World English

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

diffraction grating British & World 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 British & World English

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