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Learner's definition of GRAIN  
[noncount] : the seeds of plants (such as wheat, corn, and rice) that are used for food
also [count] : a single seed of wheat, corn, rice, etc.
   b : a plant that produces grain
: a small, hard piece of something
— see also take (something) with a grain of salt at 1salt
   b : a very small amount of something
: the way the lines or fibers in something (such as wood) are arranged— usually singular
   b : the way that the surface of something feels when it is touched— usually singular
[count] : a unit of weight equal to 0.0648 grams

against the grain

◊ To be/go against the grain is to be different or to act in a way that is different from what is normal or usual.
◊ If something goes against your grain, it does not seem right or natural to you.

— grained

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