from The Century Dictionary.

  • Rough; roughened.
  • Dyed in grain; ingrained.
  • Painted as having a grain.
  • Formed or divided into grains or small particles.
  • In botany, having grain-like tubercles or prominences, as the sepals in some species of Rumex.
  • Characterized by a fibrous texture or grain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having a grain; divided into small particles or grains; showing the grain; hence, rough.
  • adjective Dyed in grain; ingrained.
  • adjective Painted or stained in imitation of the grain of wood, marble, etc.
  • adjective (Bot.) Having tubercles or grainlike processes, as the petals or sepals of some flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of grain.
  • adjective Having a grain or grains
  • adjective Stained with an imitation wood grain
  • adjective in combination Having a specified type of grain e.g. close-grained


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  • In the worsted rosettes of the bell-ropes, in the plaster picture-frames, in the painted tea-tray and on the cups, in the pediment of the sideboard, in the ornament that crowns the barometer, in the finials of sofa and arm-chair, in the finger-plates of the "grained" door, is to be seen the ineffectual portrait or to be traced the stale inspiration of the flower.


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