Definition of grate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡreɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡreɪt//
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  1. 1a metal frame for holding the wood or coal in a fireplace A huge log fire was burning in the grate.
  2. 2(also sewer grate) (both US English) (British English drain) a frame of metal bars over the opening to a drain in the ground see also grating
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 Middle English (meaning ‘a grating’): from Old French, based on Latin cratis ‘hurdle’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: grate

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