Definition of Gridiron

1. Noun. A cooking utensil of parallel metal bars; used to grill fish or meat.

Exact synonyms: Grid
Generic synonyms: Cooking Utensil, Cookware

2. Noun. The playing field on which football is played.
Exact synonyms: Football Field
Group relationships: Football Stadium
Generic synonyms: Athletic Field, Field, Playing Area, Playing Field

Definition of Gridiron

1. n. A grated iron utensil for broiling flesh and fish over coals.

Definition of Gridiron

1. Noun. An instrument of torture on which people were secured before being burned by fire. (defdate from 13th c.) ¹

2. Noun. An iron rack or grate used for broiling flesh and fish over coals. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

3. Noun. Any object resembling the rack or grate. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

4. Noun. (American football) The field on which American football is played. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

5. Noun. American football. ¹

6. Noun. (Australia and New Zealand) A generic term for American and Canadian football, particularly when used to distinguish from other codes of football. ¹

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Definition of Gridiron

1. to mark off into squares [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Gridiron

1. 1. A grated iron utensil for broiling flesh and fish over coals. 2. An openwork frame on which vessels are placed for examination, cleaning, and repairs. Gridiron pendulum. See Pendulum. Gridiron valve, a slide valve with several parallel perforations corresponding to openings in the seat on which the valve moves. Origin: OE. Gredire, gredirne, from tthe same source as E. Griddle, but the ending wass confused with E. Iron. See Griddle. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gridiron

gridiron (current term)
gridiron-tailed lizard

Literary usage of Gridiron

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"Grid (theatrical), a contraction of gridiron—the large open woodwork structure built over the flies, extending over the whole stage, so called because it is ..."

2. The Library of Wit and Humor, Prose and Poetry: Selected from the Literature by Rufus Edmonds Shapley (1884)
"But sure if we had a gridiron we could dress a beefsteak,' says I. " ' And sure, bad luck to you,' says he, ' you couldn't ate a gridiron,' says he, ..."

3. The Cyclopædia of Wit and Humor: Containing Choice and Characteristic by William Evans Burton (1859)
"Then lind me the loan of a gridiron,' says I, ' and bad scram to you. ... that you may want a gridiron yourself yet,' says I ; ' and wherever I go, ..."

4. An Introduction to Natural Philosophy: Designed as a Text-book, for the Use by Denison Olmsted (1858)
"The first instru ment constructed on this principle is called the gridiron Pendulum, a name which it derives from the fancied resemblance which the parallel ..."

5. An Elementary Treatise on Heat by Balfour Stewart (1888)
"19, which from its form is called the gridiron pendulum. ... The gridiron pendulum, on the other hand, is not liable to this imperfection. ..."

6. An Elementary Treatise on Heat by Balfour Stewart (1866)
"Harrison's gridiron pendulum. Shortly after Graham Mr. Harrison invented the arrangement in Fig. 17, which from its form is called the gridiron pendulum. ..."

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