1 a frame of iron bars to hold a fire [syn: grating]
2 a harsh rasping sound made by scraping something
3 a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air [syn: grating]
1 furnish with a grate; "a grated fireplace"
2 gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered" [syn: eat into, fret, rankle]
3 reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface; "grate carrots and onions"; "grate nutmeg"
4 make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together; "grate one's teeth in anger" [syn: grind]
5 scratch repeatedly; "The cat scraped at the armchair" [syn: scrape]
- A horizontal metal grille through which water, ash, or small objects can fall, while larger objects cannot.
- transitive cooking
To shred things, usually foodstuffs, by rubbing across a grater.
- I need to grate the cheese before the potato is cooked.
- To rub against, such as grating one's teeth.
- Listening to his teeth grate all day long drives me mad.
- idiomatic by extension
on one's nerves; to irritate or annoy.
- She's nice enough, but she can begin to grate on my nerves if there is no-one else to talk to.
- Spanish: rallar
- Feminine plural form of grato
grate in Czech: Rošt
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