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gain Tweet Definition of gain Like Definition of gain on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of gaining.
  2. What one gains, as a return on investment or dividend.
No pain, no .
  1. (electronics) The factor by which a signal is multiplied.
verb
  1. (transitive): To acquire possession of what one did not have before.
garret Tweet Definition of garret Like Definition of garret on Facebook
noun
  1. An attic or semi-finished room just beneath the roof of a house.
On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge. " Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, s:Crime and Punishment/Part I/Chapter I, Part I, Chapter 1, Constance Garnett translation.
gathering Tweet Definition of gathering Like Definition of gathering on Facebook
noun
  1. A meeting or get-together; a party or social function.
I met her at a of engineers and scientists.
  1. A group of people or things.
A gathering of fruit.
verb
  1. present continuous of gather; collecting or bringing together
She enjoyed wildflowers.
gauge Tweet Definition of gauge Like Definition of gauge on Facebook
noun
  1. A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard; an act of measuring.
    • 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence. p. 2.
    • : The record of philosophy vis- -vis silence is generally dismal, as good a as any to its overall failure.
      1. Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the level, state, dimensions or forms of things; as, a rain gauge; a steam gauge.
      2. The distance between the rails of a railway.
      3. (context, mathematics, analysis) A semi-norm; a function that assigns a non-negative size to all vectors in a vector space.
gesso Tweet Definition of gesso Like Definition of gesso on Facebook
noun
  1. a mixture of plaster of Paris and glue used to prepare a surface for painting
glazing Tweet Definition of glazing Like Definition of glazing on Facebook
verb
  1. (present participle of, glaze)
gouge Tweet Definition of gouge Like Definition of gouge on Facebook
noun
  1. A chisel, with a curved blade, for scooping or cutting holes, channels, or grooves, in wood, stone, etc.
    • 1823, w:James Fenimore Cooper, James Fenimore Cooper, s:The Pioneers/Chapter 8, The Pioneers - Chapter 8,
    • :... on four tall pillars of pine that were fluted with a , and loaded with mouldings.
      1. A cut or groove, as left by something sharp.
      The nail left a deep in the tire.
verb (goug, ing)
  1. (transitive) To make a mark or hole by scooping.
Japanese and Chinese printers used to characters in wood.
  1. (transitive or intransitive) To push, or try to push the eye (of a person) out of its socket.
    • 1930, w:Robert E. Howard, Robert E. Howard, s:Champ of the Forecastle, Champ of the Forecastle,
    • : He tried to clinch and , but another right hook to the jaw sent him down and out.
      1. (transitive) To charge an unreasonably or unfairly high price.
      They have no competition, so they tend to their customers.
grade Tweet Definition of grade Like Definition of grade on Facebook
noun
  1. A rating.
I gave him a good for effort.
  1. A degree or level of something; a position within a scale; a degree of quality.
This fine- coin from 1837 is worth a good amount.
  1. A slope (up or down) of a roadway or other passage
''The of this hill is more than 5 percent
  1. A level of pre-collegiate education
Clancy is entering the fifth this year.
  1. An area that has been graded by a grader (construction machine)
  2. The level of the ground.
This material absorbs moisture and is probably not a good choice for use below .
verb (grades, grading, graded)
  1. To score an academic test.
  2. To assign a score to overall academic performance.
  3. To flatten and even out or smooth a large surface.
grate Tweet Definition of grate Like Definition of grate on Facebook
noun
  1. A horizontal metal grille through which water, ash, or small objects can fall, while larger objects cannot.
verb (grates, grating, grated)
  1. (transitive) To shred things, usually foodstuffs, by rubbing across a grater.
  2. (intransitive) To rub against, such as grating one's teeth.

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