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gridiron

[grid-ahy-ern] /ˈgrɪdˌaɪ ərn/
noun
1.
a football field.
2.
a utensil consisting of parallel metal bars on which to broil meat or other food.
3.
any framework or network resembling a gridiron.
4.
a structure above the stage of a theater, from which hung scenery and the like are manipulated.
verb (used with object)
5.
to mark off into squares or design with a network of squares.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English gridirne, gridir(e), gridere, variant of gridel griddle; variants in -irne, -ire, etc. are associated by folk etymology with ModE variant irne, ire iron
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British Dictionary definitions for grid-iron

gridiron

/ˈɡrɪdˌaɪən/
noun
1.
a utensil of parallel metal bars, used to grill meat, fish, etc
2.
any framework resembling this utensil
3.
a framework above the stage in a theatre from which suspended scenery, lights, etc, are manipulated
4.
  1. the field of play in American football
  2. an informal name for American football
  3. (as modifier): a gridiron hero
Often shortened to grid
Word Origin
C13 gredire, perhaps variant (through influence of ireiron) of gredilegriddle
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Word Origin and History for grid-iron

gridiron

n.

cooking utensil, early 14c., griderne, alteration (by association with iron) of gridire (late 13c.), a variant of gridil (see griddle). Confusion of "l" and "r" was common in Norman dialect. Also a medieval instrument of torture by fire. As the word for a U.S. football field, by 1896, for its lines.

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