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Definition: Against the grain
(gr[=a]n), n. [F. grain, L. granum, grain, seed,
small kernel, small particle. See Corn
, and cf. Garner
the chick-pea, Granule
1. A single small hard seed; a kernel, especially of those
plants, like wheat, whose seeds are used for food.
2. The fruit of certain grasses which furnish the chief food
of man, as corn, wheat, rye, oats, etc., or the plants
themselves; -- used collectively.
Storehouses crammed with grain. --Shak.
3. Any small, hard particle, as of sand, sugar, salt, etc.;
hence, any minute portion or particle; as, a grain of
gunpowder, of pollen, of starch, of sense, of wit, etc.
I . . . with a grain of manhood well resolved.
4. The unit of the English system of weights; -- so called
because considered equal to the average of grains taken
from the middle of the ears of wheat. 7,000 grains
constitute the pound avoirdupois, and 5,760 grains the
pound troy. A grain is equal to .0648 gram. See Gram.
5. A reddish dye made from the coccus insect, or kermes;
hence, a red color of any tint or hue, as crimson,
scarlet, etc.; sometimes used by the poets as equivalent
to Tyrian purple
All in a robe of darkest grain. --Milton.
Doing as the dyers do, who, having first dipped
their silks in colors of less value, then give' them
the last tincture of crimson in grain. --Quoted by
6. The composite particles of any substance; that arrangement
of the particles of any body which determines its
comparative roughness or hardness; texture; as, marble,
sugar, sandstone, etc., of fine grain.
Hard box, and linden of a softer grain. --Dryden.
7. The direction, arrangement, or appearance of the fibers in
wood, or of the strata in stone, slate, etc.
Knots, by the conflux of meeting sap,
Infect the sound pine and divert his grain
Tortive and errant from his course of growth.
8. The fiber which forms the substance of wood or of any
9. The hair side of a piece of leather, or the marking on
that side. --Knight.
10. pl. The remains of grain, etc., after brewing or
distillation; hence, any residuum. Also called draff
11. (Bot.) A rounded prominence on the back of a sepal, as in
the common dock. See Grained
, a., 4.
12. Temper; natural disposition; inclination. [Obs.]
Brothers . . . not united in grain. --Hayward.
13. A sort of spice, the grain of paradise. [Obs.]
He cheweth grain and licorice,
To smellen sweet. --Chaucer.
Against the grain
, against or across the direction of the
fibers; hence, against one's wishes or tastes;
unwillingly; unpleasantly; reluctantly; with difficulty.
A grain of allowance
, a slight indulgence or latitude a
, an attachment to a harvester for binding the
grain into sheaves.
, dyes made from the coccus or kermes insect.
(a) Dressed horse hides.
(b) Goat, seal, and other skins blacked on the grain side
for women's shoes, etc.
(Zo["o]l.), one of several small moths, of the
(as Tinea granella
and Butalis cerealella
), whose larv[ae] devour grain in storehouses.
(Leather), the side of a skin or hide from which
the hair has been removed; -- opposed to flesh side.
Grains of paradise
, the seeds of a species of amomum.
, crystalline tin ore metallic tin smelted with
(Zo["o]l.), a small red weevil (Sitophilus granarius
), which destroys stored wheat and other grain,
by eating out the interior.
(Zo["o]l.), the larva of the grain moth. See
, of a fast color; deeply seated; fixed; innate;
genuine. “Anguish in grain.”
To dye in grain
, to dye of a fast color by means of the
coccus or kermes grain [see Grain
, n., 5]; hence, to dye
firmly; also, to dye in the wool, or in the raw material.
See under Dye.
The red roses flush up in her cheeks . . .
Likce crimson dyed in grain. --Spenser.
To go against the grain of
(a person), to be repugnant to;
to vex, irritate, mortify, or trouble.