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 football.
ORIGIN alteration of obsolete gredile «griddle», by association with iron.

English terms dictionary. 2015.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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 * [ 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 — 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