gridiron
noun Etymology: Middle English gredire, alteration of gridel, gredil griddle Date: 14th century 1. a grate for broiling food 2. something consisting of or covered with a network 3. a football field

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  • Gridiron — may refer to: * Gridiron (cooking), type of grill that can be used to cook meat or other food over a fire; most of the other usages derive from this term due to their fancied resemblance * Gridiron plan, in urban planning, a system that describes …   Wikipedia

  • Gridiron — Grid i ron, n. [OE. gredire, gredirne, from the same source as E. griddle, but the ending was confused with E. iron. See {Griddle}.] 1. A grated iron utensil for broiling flesh and fish over coals. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) An openwork frame on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • GRIDIRON — is the former name of a database load balancer from xkoto that works with IBM s DB2. It is now known as GRIDSCALE. External links * [http://www.xkoto.com/products/index.php GRIDSCALE Product Information Page] *… …   Wikipedia

  • gridiron — [grid′ī΄ərn] n. [ME gredirne, folk etym. on irne (see IRON) < gredire, var. of gredil: see GRIDDLE] 1. a framework of metal bars or wires on which to broil meat or fish; grill 2. any framework or network resembling a gridiron ☆ 3. a football… …   English World dictionary

  • Gridiron — (engl., spr. gridd air n, »Bratrost«, auch »Rostdock«), Scherzname der Flagge Nordamerikas, vollständiger: G. and dough boys (spr. dō beus, »Teigklöße«) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • gridiron — (n.) cooking utensil, early 14c., griderne, alteration (by association with iron) of gridire (late 13c.), a variant of gridil (see GRIDDLE (Cf. griddle)). Confusion of l and r was common in Norman dialect. Also a medieval instrument of torture by …   Etymology dictionary

  • gridiron — ► NOUN 1) a frame of parallel metal bars used for grilling meat or fish over an open fire. 2) a grid pattern, especially of streets. 3) a field for American football, marked with regularly spaced parallel lines. 4) N. Amer. the game of American… …   English terms dictionary

  • gridiron — grid, griddle, gridiron It would be natural to assume that grid was the original word, griddle (‘a circular iron plate that is heated by a fire or by other means for baking, toasting, etc.’) a diminutive of it, and gridiron (‘a cooking utensil of …   Modern English usage

  • gridiron — [[t]grɪ̱daɪə(r)n[/t]] N UNCOUNT American football is sometimes referred to as gridiron. [AM] ...the greatest quarterback in gridiron history …   English dictionary

  • gridiron — UK [ˈɡrɪdˌaɪə(r)n] / US [ˈɡrɪdˌaɪrn] noun Word forms gridiron : singular gridiron plural gridirons 1) [countable] a frame of parallel metal bars used for cooking over a fire 2) a) [countable] American a field on which American football is played… …   English dictionary

  • gridiron — /grid uy euhrn/, n. 1. a 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. a structure above the stage of a theater, from which hung scenery… …   Universalium

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