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grating

2 [grey-ting]
adjective
1.
irritating or unpleasant to one's feelings.
2.
(of a sound or noise) harsh, discordant, or rasping.

Origin:
1555–65; grate2 + -ing2

gratingly, adverb
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grating1 (ˈɡreɪtɪŋ)
 
n
1.  Also called: grate a framework of metal bars in the form of a grille set into a wall, pavement, etc, serving as a cover or guard but admitting air and sometimes light
2.  short for diffraction grating

grating2 (ˈɡreɪtɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  (of sounds) harsh and rasping
2.  annoying; irritating
 
n
3.  (often plural) something produced by grating
 
'gratingly2
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

grate
c.1400, from M.L. grata "lattice," from L. cratis "wickerwork."

grate
late 14c. (implied in grater), from O.Fr. grater "to scrape," from Frank. *kratton, from P.Gmc. *krattojan (cf. O.H.G. krazzon "to scratch, scrape"), probably of imitative origin. Senses of "sound harshly," and "annoy" are 16c.
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