gridiron

 /ˈɡrɪdˌaɪən/

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
grid•i•ron /ˈgrɪdˌaɪɚn/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Sporta 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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
grid•i•ron  (gridī′ərn), 
n. 
  1. Sporta 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. Show Businessa structure above the stage of a theater, from which hung scenery and the like are manipulated.

v.t. 
  1. to mark off into squares or design with a network of squares.
Etymology: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

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
grid /grɪd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Electricitya grating of crossed bars;
    gridiron.
  2. Architecturea network of evenly spaced lines running up and down and left to right, for locating points on a map, chart, building plan, or aerial photograph by means of a system of coordinates.
  3. any network resembling this.
  4. a system of electrical distribution serving a large area, esp. by means of high-tension wires:a power grid.
  5. Also,gridiron. gridiron d="6"a municipal road plan in which all or most roads and streets cross at right angles.
  6. Sportgridiron (def. 1).

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
grid  (grid), 
n. 
  1. Electricitya grating of crossed bars;
    gridiron.
  2. [Elect.]
      • a metallic framework employed in a storage cell or battery for conducting the electric current and supporting the active material.
      • a system of electrical distribution serving a large area, esp. by means of high-tension lines.
  3. Electronics[Electronics.]an electrode in a vacuum tube, usually consisting of parallel wires, a coil of wire, or a screen, for controlling the flow of electrons between the other electrodes.
  4. Surveying[Survey.]a basic system of reference lines for a region, consisting of straight lines intersecting at right angles.
  5. Architecturea network of horizontal and perpendicular lines, uniformly spaced, for locating points on a map, chart, or aerial photograph by means of a system of coordinates.
  6. Architecture[Archit.]a rectangular system of coordinates used in locating the principal elements of a plan.
  7. grillage.
  8. Sport[Football.]gridiron (def. 1).
Etymology:
  • short for gridiron 1830–40


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gridiron /ˈɡrɪdˌaɪən/ n
  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. the field of play in American football
  5. an informal name for American football

Often shortened to: grid Etymology: 13th Century gredire, perhaps variant (through influence of ire iron) of gredile griddle



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