a relatively small granular particle of a substance
"a grain of sand"; "a grain of sugar"
grain, food grain, cereal(noun)
foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
the side of leather from which the hair has been removed
grain, metric grain(noun)
a weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat
1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams
1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams
dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
a cereal grass
"wheat is a grain that is grown in Kansas"
the smallest possible unit of anything
"there was a grain of truth in what he said"; "he does not have a grain of sense"
the direction, texture, or pattern of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric
"saw the board across the grain"
the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)
"breadfruit has the same texture as bread"; "sand of a fine grain"; "fish with a delicate flavor and texture"; "a stone of coarse grain"
thoroughly work in
"His hands were grained with dirt"
paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
form into grains
English Synonyms and Antonyms
A particle is a very small part of any material substance; as, a particle of sand or of dust; it is a general term, not accurately determinate in meaning. Atom (Greek a- privative, not, and temno, cut) etymologically signifies that which can not be cut or divided, and is the smallest conceivable particle of matter, regarded as absolutely homogeneous and as having but one set of properties; atoms are the ultimate particles of matter. A molecule is made up of atoms, and is regarded as separable into its constituent parts; as used by physicists, a molecule is the smallest conceivable part which retains all the characteristics of the substance; thus, a molecule of water is made up of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. Element in chemistry denotes, without reference to quantity, a substance regarded as simple, i. e., one incapable of being resolved by any known process into simpler substances; the element gold may be represented by an ingot or by a particle of gold-dust. In popular language, an element is any essential constituent; the ancients believed that the universe was made up of the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water; a storm is spoken of as a manifestation of the fury of the elements. We speak of corpuscles of blood. Compare PART.
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