gridiron

 /ˈgrɪdˌaɪən/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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 © 2015
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. 
  • 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 © 2015
    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 © 2015
    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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