1. A flat metal surface, such as a pan, that is used for cooking by dry heat.
2. Vermont & Upstate New York See eye.
tr.v. grid·dled, grid·dling, grid·dles
To cook on a flat metal surface.
[Middle English gridel, gridiron, from Old North French gredil, from Latin crātīcula, diminutive of crātis, wickerwork hurdle, lattice.]
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