Definition of grid in English:


Syllabification: grid
Pronunciation: /grid


  • 1A framework of spaced bars that are parallel to or cross each other; a grating: the metal grids had been pulled across the foyer
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    • The rooftop water tank is supported by a dense grid of 1m thick parallel brick walls penetrated by arches to create a series of 4m wide vaults.
    • I look up, and stuck on any available space on the lighting grid are giant nets filled with balloons.
    • Some were trying to lift gratings and grids in an attempt to enter the sewers whilst a few attempted to break down the doors leading into the Black Tower.
  • 2A network of lines that cross each other to form a series of squares or rectangles: a grid of tree-lined streets
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    • Mondrian's style of painting involved the use of strictly horizontal or vertical black lines to create a grid of rectangles, some of which were filled in with black or white, or vivid red, blue or yellow.
    • Maramba was laid on a rectangular grid of streets and lanes, formerly 15 blocks in all, covering an area of less than one square kilometre.
    • A series of 126x68 mm grids were placed over the transparencies.
  • 2.1A football field.
  • 2.2A network of cables or pipes for distributing power, especially high-voltage transmission lines for electricity: the second reactor was not connected to the grid until 1985
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    • Nuclear power plants are connected to electricity grids in more than 30 countries and provide some 17% of the electricity consumed worldwide.
    • A major incident here in L.A. could shut down public infrastructure, power grids, food distribution networks, transportation arteries, and the phone lines - just to name a few.
    • They also condemn the network of power plants that supply electricity to the grid.
  • 2.3A network of regularly spaced lines on a map that cross one another at right angles and are numbered to enable the precise location of a place.
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    • These maps and grids will enable planning for operations in the subsequent field season.
    • He made another important contribution in using a grid to locate positions of places on the Earth.
    • Essential tools include a bird identification field guide, a map of the airfield with a superimposed grid system for locating birds, and a pair of binoculars.
  • 2.4A pattern of lines marking the starting places on a auto-racing track: first away from the grid
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    • The officials handed Tom a penalty that meant he would be put back six places on the grid after qualifying at Brands Hatch.
    • Maria de Villota was sixth on the starting grid and went off the track in the first lap.
    • Juan Pablo Montoya will start from fourth on the grid with his team mate Ralf Schumacher lining up in seventh position.
  • 2.5 Electronics An electrode placed between the cathode and anode of a thermionic tube or cathode ray tube, serving to control or modulate the flow of electrons.
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    • The carbon-platinum replicas were transferred from a finishing water bath onto copper electron microscope grids.
    • He put brain cells on an electrode grid, and watched them grow connections between one another.
    • Oscillating electric fields applied by grids above and below the plasma can resonantly excite its electrons.
  • 3A number of computers linked together via the Internet so that their combined power may be harnessed to work on difficult problems.
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    • This grid links powerful computers in California, Texas, the Midwest and Pennsylvania.
    • The greatest advantage is instant communication within the grid, computer to computer and relay to relay.
    • Not long ago - just a few years - setting up computer clusters and grids was a rough job.


[with object] (usually as adjective gridded) Back to top  
  • Put into or set out as a grid: a well-planned core of gridded streets
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    • Lisa Corinne Davis is a New York-based artist who creates mostly gridded works consisting of small increments of painted or drawn imagery, collaged snippets of newspaper or diminutive digital photographs.
    • There were 14 works in the show, the smallest measuring 8 by 10 inches, the largest an 8-by - 8-foot gridded diptych.
    • In two of the works the surface has been irregularly gridded into a Mondrian-like architectonic structure.


off the grid

Not dependent on public utilities, especially the supply of electricity: people living off the grid had begun using wind turbines
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  • They move to communes, give up electricity, move off the grid.
  • Congratulate me on having endured my 70th hour off the grid.
  • Additionally, the entire two days of performances in New York City on Randall's Island will be run "off the grid."


mid 19th century: back-formation from gridiron.

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