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grid

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Pronunciation: /ɡrɪd
 
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Definition of grid in English:

noun

1A framework of spaced bars that are parallel to or cross each other; a grating: the metal grids had been pulled across the foyer
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
2A network of lines that cross each other to form a series of squares or rectangles: a grid of tree-lined streets
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
matrix, network, reticulation, reticulum
technical plexus, decussation, graticule
2.1A grid of regular squares on a map that are marked with numbers or letters to enable a place to be precisely located.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2.2A pattern of lines marking the starting places on a motor-racing track: the 20-year-old didn’t get the best of starts off 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.
2.3A field for American football; a gridiron.
3A network of cables or pipes for distributing power, especially high-voltage transmission lines for electricity: the reactor was connected to the grid in 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.
3.1 Computing A number of computers linked together via the Internet so that their combined power may be harnessed to work on difficult problems.
Example sentences
  • 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.
4 Electronics An electrode placed between the cathode and anode of a thermionic valve or cathode ray tube, serving to control or modulate the flow of electrons.
Example sentences
  • 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.

verb

[with object] (usually as adjective gridded) Back to top  
Put into or set out as a grid: a 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.

Origin

mid 19th century: back-formation from gridiron.

Phrases

off the grid

1
chiefly US
Not connected to the basic services, especially electricity.
Example sentences
  • She now lives off the grid in a 16-by - 16-foot cabin, powered by the sun in the summer and by a Pelton wheel turbine in the winter, and has immersed her life in tree politics.
  • Instead, most property is owned provisionally or even illegally, which means that large numbers of people live off the grid, escaping taxes and pilfering their utilities.
  • Most people who are off the grid (at least those living in the United States), rely on some combination of alternative energy such as wind, photovoltaic or hydro.

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