end grain

noun
wood grain, as at the end of a board, resulting from a cut across the grain.

Origin:
1880–85

end-grain, adjective
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The water repellent will help reduce wood's tendency to absorb moisture through
  the end grain and surface lathe checks.
Properly seasoned wood is darker, has cracks in the end grain and sounds hollow
  when smacked against another piece of wood.
End grain nailing must be avoided whenever practicable.
The dowels or keys are oriented so they are being crushed in side grain, as
  opposed to end grain, bearing.
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