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grill1

[gril] /grɪl/
noun
1.
a grated utensil for broiling meat, fish, vegetables, etc., over a fire; gridiron.
2.
a dish of grilled meat, fish, etc.
Compare mixed grill.
3.
4.
Philately. a group of small pyramidal marks, embossed or impressed in parallel rows on certain U.S. and Peruvian stamps of the late 19th century to prevent erasure of cancellation marks.
verb (used with object)
5.
to broil on a gridiron or other apparatus over or before a fire.
6.
to subject to severe and persistent cross-examination or questioning.
7.
to torment with heat.
8.
to mark with a series of parallel bars like those of a grill.
verb (used without object)
9.
to undergo broiling.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; 1890-95 for def 6; < French gril gridiron ≪ Latin crātīculum, creātīculō, diminutive of crātis wickerwork, hurdle. See grille
Synonyms
5. barbecue. 6. interrogate, probe. 7. torture.
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British Dictionary definitions for grilling

grill1

/ɡrɪl/
verb
1.
to cook (meat, fish, etc) by direct heat, as under a grill or over a hot fire, or (of meat, fish, etc) to be cooked in this way Usual US and Canadian word broil
2.
(transitive; usually passive) to torment with or as if with extreme heat: the travellers were grilled by the scorching sun
3.
(transitive) (informal) to subject to insistent or prolonged questioning
noun
4.
a device with parallel bars of thin metal on which meat, fish, etc, may be cooked by a fire; gridiron
5.
a device on a cooker that radiates heat downwards for grilling meat, fish, etc
6.
food cooked by grilling
7.
See grillroom
Derived Forms
griller, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French gril gridiron, from Latin crātīcula fine wickerwork; see grille

grill2

/ɡrɪl/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of grille
Word Origin
C17: see grille
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Word Origin and History for grilling

grill

n.

"gridiron," 1680s, from French gril, from Old French greil, alteration of graille "grill, frating, railings, fencing," from Latin craticula "gridiron, small griddle," diminutive of cratis "wickerwork," perhaps from PIE *kert- "to turn, entwine." In many instances, Modern English grill is a shortened form of grille, such as "chrome front of an automobile."

v.

"to broil on a grill," 1660s, from grill (n.); figurative sense from 1842, and the specific (transitive) sense of "to subject to intense questioning" is first attested 1894. Related: Grilled; grilling.

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