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grid

Noun

1 a system of high tension cables by which electrical power is distributed throughout a region [syn: power system, power grid]
2 a network of horizontal and vertical lines that provide coordinates for locating points on an image [syn: reference grid]
3 an electrode placed between the cathode and anode of a vacuum tube to control the flow of electrons through the tube [syn: control grid]
4 a cooking utensil of parallel metal bars; used to grill fish or meat [syn: gridiron]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /gɹɪd/
  • Rhymes: -ɪd

Noun

  1. A rectangular array of squares or rectangles of equal size, such as in a crossword puzzle.
  2. A system for delivery of electricity, consisting of various substations, transformers and generators, connected by wire.
    You can't turn off the building from here; you have to shut down the whole grid. — line from the motion picture Die Hard
  3. A system or structure of distributed computers working mostly on a peer-to-peer basis, such structures being known as a computational grid or simply grid computing, and used mainly to solve single and complex scientific or technical problems or to process data at high speeds (as in clusters).
  4. A method of marking off maps into areas.

Translations

rectangular array of squares or rectangles of equal size
electricity delivery system
method of marking off maps

Verb

  1. To mark with a grid.
  2. To assign a reference grid to.

Extensive Definition

Several fields use or develop the idea of a grid:

Arrays of squares or rectangles

  • Grid plan, a city plan in which streets run at right angles to form a grid of city blocks
  • Grid view or datagrid, a graphical-user-interface element that presents a tabular view of data
  • Grid graph, in graph theory
  • Grid (typography), laying out of a page using a grid of different-sized and -shaped rectangles
  • Grid (spatial index), a method for organizing information: for example in a database

In science, mathematics and technology

Places

In popular culture

Other uses

Acronym usage

Synonyms

grid in German: Grid
grid in Japanese: グリッド
grid in Portuguese: Grid
grid in Russian: Сетка
grid in Simple English: Grid

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