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grid (grĭd)
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n.
1.
a. A framework of crisscrossed or parallel bars; a grating or mesh.
b. A cooking surface of parallel metal bars; a gridiron.
2. Something resembling a framework of crisscrossed parallel bars, as in rigidity or organization: The city's streets form a grid.
3. A pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines forming squares on a map, a chart, an aerial photograph, or an optical device, used as a reference for locating points.
4. Electricity
a. An interconnected system for the distribution of electricity or electromagnetic signals over a wide area, especially a network of high-tension cables and power stations.
b. A corrugated or perforated conducting plate in a storage battery.
5. Football The gridiron.
6. Sports The starting positions of cars on a racecourse.

[Short for GRIDIRON.]

gridded adj.

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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices

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