1. To reduce to fragments, shreds, or powder by rubbing against an abrasive surface.
2. To cause to make a harsh grinding or rasping sound through friction: grated her teeth in anger.
3. To irritate or annoy persistently.
4. Archaic To rub or wear away.
1. To make a harsh rasping sound by or as if by scraping or grinding.
2. To cause irritation or annoyance: a noise that grates on ones nerves.
A harsh rasping sound made by scraping or rubbing: the grate of a key in a lock.
[Middle English graten, from Old French grater, to scrape, of Germanic origin.]
1. A framework of parallel or latticed bars for blocking an opening.
2. A framework of metal bars used to hold fuel or food in a stove, furnace, or fireplace.
3. A fireplace.
4. A perforated iron plate or screen for sieving and grading crushed ore.
tr.v.grat·ed, grat·ing, grates
To equip with a grate.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin grta, alteration of Latin crtis, wickerwork.]
grate /gret/ v.grated, grating, grates1 [I] to make a sharp unpleasant sound by rubbing against s.t.: When one piece of metal grates against another, it produces a terrible noise.2 [T] to make into small pieces by rubbing against a rough surface: The cook grated a piece of cheese.3 [I;T] to make s.o. annoyed, (syns.) to irritate, rankle: That rude fellow grates on my nerves.-n.grater. n.1 bars that hold the wood and coal in a fireplace 2 bars put over a window to keep out thieves