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  1. (verb-transitive) To reduce to fragments, shreds, or powder by rubbing against an abrasive surface.
  2. (verb-transitive) To cause to make a harsh grinding or rasping sound through friction: grated her teeth in anger.
  3. (verb-transitive) To irritate or annoy persistently.
  4. (verb-transitive) Archaic To rub or wear away.
  5. (verb-intransitive) To make a harsh rasping sound by or as if by scraping or grinding.
  6. (verb-intransitive) To cause irritation or annoyance: a noise that grates on one's nerves.
  7. (noun) A harsh rasping sound made by scraping or rubbing: the grate of a key in a lock.
  8. (noun) A framework of parallel or latticed bars for blocking an opening.
  9. (noun) A framework of metal bars used to hold fuel or food in a stove, furnace, or fireplace.
  10. (noun) A fireplace.
  11. (noun) A perforated iron plate or screen for sieving and grading crushed ore.
  12. (verb-transitive) To equip with a grate.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. A moderate fire in the grate is the only mode of heating, and they seem quite oblivious to the danger of throwing a door open into a cold hall at one's back, while the servants pass in and out with the various courses at dinner. - Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815-1897
  2. Lenz: There was something really appealing to me about standing around the drain grate tasting barrel samples from an old juice container. - TasteCamp
  3. This so-called 'drainage' grate is located at the west end of the ravine. - West Lynn Avenue
  4. Another common fault in modern fireplaces is, that they are too shallow to allow sufficient space for the grate; and, when the grate is set too far forward into the room, it is evident that a very strong draught will be required to draw the smoke up the chimney. - The Lady's Country Companion: or, How to Enjoy a Country Life Rationally
  5. The sound of crackle in the grate is the most welcoming soundtrack to an evening with friends. - Hearths Aflame


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