"grains" in the noun sense
a relatively small granular particle of a substance
"a grain of sand"
"a grain of sugar"
2. grain, food grain, cereal
foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
the side of leather from which the hair has been removed
4. grain, metric grain
a weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat
1/60 dram equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams
1/7000 pound equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams
7. grain, caryopsis
dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
a cereal grass
"wheat is a grain that is grown in Kansas"
the smallest possible unit of anything
"there was a grain of truth in what he said"
"he does not have a grain of sense"
the direction, texture, or pattern of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric
"saw the board across the grain"
11. texture, grain
the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance
"breadfruit has the same texture as bread"
"sand of a fine grain"
"fish with a delicate flavor and texture"
"a stone of coarse grain"
"grains" in the verb sense
1. ingrain, grain
thoroughly work in
"His hands were grained with dirt"
paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
3. granulate, grain
form into grains
4. granulate, grain
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