Definitions of grating:
  • noun:   optical device consisting of a surface with many parallel grooves in it; disperses a beam of light (or other electromagnetic radiation) into its wavelengths to produce its spectrum
  • noun:   a frame of iron bars to hold a fire
  • noun:   a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air
  • adjective:   unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound

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