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grid

[grid] /grɪd/
noun
1.
a grating of crossed bars; gridiron.
2.
Electricity.
  1. a metallic framework employed in a storage cell or battery for conducting the electric current and supporting the active material.
  2. a system of electrical distribution serving a large area, especially by means of high-tension lines.
3.
Electronics. an electrode in a vacuum tube, usually consisting of parallel wires, a coil of wire, or a screen, for controlling the flow of electrons between the other electrodes.
4.
Surveying. a basic system of reference lines for a region, consisting of straight lines intersecting at right angles.
5.
a network of horizontal and perpendicular lines, uniformly spaced, for locating points on a map, chart, or aerial photograph by means of a system of coordinates.
6.
Architecture. a rectangular system of coordinates used in locating the principal elements of a plan.
7.
8.
Football. gridiron (def 1).
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; short for gridiron
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Examples for grids
  • grids forming shapes other than squares are also occasionally used.
British Dictionary definitions for grids

grid

/ɡrɪd/
noun
1.
See gridiron
2.
a network of horizontal and vertical lines superimposed over a map, building plan, etc, for locating points
3.
a grating consisting of parallel bars
4.
the grid, the national network of transmission lines, pipes, etc, by which electricity, gas, or water is distributed
5.
(NZ) short for national grid
6.
(electronics) Also called control grid
  1. an electrode situated between the cathode and anode of a valve usually consisting of a cylindrical mesh of wires, that controls the flow of electrons between cathode and anode See also screen grid, suppressor grid
  2. (as modifier) the grid bias
7.
8.
a plate in an accumulator that carries the active substance
9.
any interconnecting system of links the bus service formed a grid across the country
10.
Northern English dialect word for face
Derived Forms
gridded, adjective
Word Origin
C19: back formation from gridiron
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Word Origin and History for grids
grid
1839, shortening of gridiron. City planning sense is from 1954 (hence gridlock 1980). Meaning "network of transmission lines" first recorded 1926.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for grids

grid

modifier

: the grid squad/ gridiron victories

noun

A football field


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for grids

GRID

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Encyclopedia Article for grids

grid

in an electron tube, an electrode that has openings for controlling the flow of electrons or ions through it. Unmodified, the term applies to a control grid that is ordinarily placed between the cathode and the anode (or plate) of an electron tube to vary the flow of current. A screen grid-usually maintained at a fixed potential-is placed between a control grid and an anode to reduce the electrostatic influence of the anode on the control grid. A suppressor grid is interposed between two positive electrodes-usually the screen grid and the anode-to reduce the flow of secondary electrons from one to the other

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