gridiron

Definitions

  • Gridiron Saturator
    Gridiron Saturator
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gridiron the playing field on which football is played
    • n gridiron a cooking utensil of parallel metal bars; used to grill fish or meat
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A football gridiron A football gridiron

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gridiron (Sport) A football field; -- so called because of the resemblance of the parallel marked yard lines to a gridiron{1}.
    • Gridiron A grated iron utensil for broiling flesh and fish over coals.
    • Gridiron (Naut) An openwork frame on which vessels are placed for examination, cleaning, and repairs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gridiron A grated utensil for broiling flesh and fish over coals or in front of a fire-grate, usually a square frame with a handle, short legs, and transverse bars.
    • n gridiron A frame formed of cross-beams of wood or iron, on which a ship rests for inspection or repair at low water; a grid.
    • gridiron To cover with parallel lines or bars, like those of a gridiron: often said of railroads, as giving such an appearance to the map.
    • n gridiron In Amer. foot-ball, a trivial term applied to the field of play, in allusion to the fact that it is crossed by transverse white lines every five yards. It is also sometimes called a checker-board, because recent rules provide for longitudinal lines as well.
    • n gridiron A structure of planks erected above the stage of a theater to support the mechanism by which the drop-scenes, etc., are worked.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gridiron grid′ī-urn a frame of iron bars for broiling flesh or fish over the fire: a frame of wood or iron cross-beams to support a ship during repairs
    • v.t Gridiron to cover with parallel bars or lines
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gredire, gredirne, from the same source as E. griddle, but the ending was confused with E. iron,. See Griddle

Usage

In literature:

A gridiron is flat blasphemy to the modern school of scientific cookery.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
Oyster-cans were converted into culinary utensils, and telegraph wire proved excellent material for gridirons.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
This double tressure might have suggested a gridiron to unsophisticated passers-by.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
But sure if we had a gridiron we could dress a beefsteak,' says I.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1" by Various
How canst thou bear to stay up there on that gridiron?
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
The emperor desired his cook to place the butter on the gridiron and light the fire; all was going well, when, behold!
"Belcaro" by Vernon Lee
Serve up hot on a gridiron.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
Below, on the gridiron, the players were limbering up.
"A Boy Knight" by Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
Broil fifteen minutes on a hot gridiron, turning them three or four times, until they are thoroughly done but not dry.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
Able to count the days still left you like so many bars on a red-hot gridiron still to be crossed.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
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In poetry:

And red as a rose, and blue as the sky,
With teeth as white as their faces are black,
The master-sweeps go dancing by,
With a gridiron painted on every back.
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy's Sons On The Gridiron .
Huskies Fall To Beavers On Gridiron .
Taos shuts out Dons on gridiron .
Longhorns hang on against Skiers on gridiron .
Something's got to give when Lions, Broncos meet on the gridiron .
Chiefs reach gridiron title game with win over Vikings.
Patriots host Loganville on the gridiron .
Keep God off the gridiron .
Longhorns hang on against Skiers on gridiron.
Trone, who played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University.
Featuring 40 minutes of gritty, gridiron group sex, "the plot of the movie, to the extent that it has one, revolves around a football team and a cheerleader," notes the newspaper.
Baylor CB Demetri Goodson makes a smooth transition from the hardwood to the gridiron.
From the Hardwood to the Gridiron.
The Union Knights rolled to an easy 41-7 victory over the visiting Osage Green Devils on Friday night, capping off homecoming week with a series of great individual performances on the gridiron.
Saturday night's classic from Parma's Byers Field (7 p.m.) marks the 50th time these two rivalries will wage war on the gridiron.
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