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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRAIN

As a result the grain in the Egyptian markets had greatly increased in value.

The object may be as small as a grain of dust or as big as a warship; to the water it is all the same.

When the grain is sufficiently grown it is elevated to the kilns.

He collected what he wanted grain by grain from bushels of chaff.

She went with him to haul the grain to mill and was fascinated by the big scales.

Anthony flashed his electric torch over it, and we saw the grain of deal.

There is not a grain of dirt upon my hands or my face or my body.

Every grain sowed yielded on an average a hundred and twenty fold.

But she took the grain, put it in a large pot and cooked it until it was done.

But there were small ones as well, and perhaps this one had been no larger than a grain of sand.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "scarlet dye made from insects" (late 12c. in surnames), from Old French grain (12c.) "seed, grain, particle, berry, scarlet dye" (see kermes for last sense), from Latin granum "seed, a grain, small kernel" (see corn (n.1)).

As a collective singular meaning "seed of wheat and allied grasses used as food," it is attested from early 14c. Extended from c.1300 to other objects (e.g. salt, sand). As a unit of weight, from 1540s. Used of wood (1560s), from the arrangement of fibers, which resemble seeds. Hence, against the grain (1650), a metaphor from carpentry: cutting across the fibers of the wood is more difficult than cutting along them.

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