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[grey-ter] /ˈgreɪ tər/
a person or thing that grates.
any of various kitchen devices for grating food:
a cheese grater.
Origin of grater
1400-50; late Middle English. See grate2, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for grater
  • Using the large holes of a box grater, shred zucchini and potatoes into a medium bowl.
  • If you don't have a food processor, a cheese grater or even a knife will work.
  • When you feel the holes of the grater against the inside of the tomato skin, you're done.
  • He would pick up a vegetable grater, cradle it and try strumming it.
  • Grate tomato on the large-holed side of a box grater until skin is the only thing left in your hand.
  • Small tear-drop shaped holes on a hand-held grater: small, yet sturdy shreds that read well for food photography.
  • Set a grater in flour mixture and coarsely grate frozen butter into flour, gently lifting flour and tossing to coat butter.
British Dictionary definitions for grater


a kitchen utensil with sharp-edged perforations for grating carrots, cheese, etc
a person or thing that grates
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Word Origin and History for grater

instrument for scraping (bread, ginger, etc.), late 14c., from Old French grateor, agent noun from grater (see grate (v.)).

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