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grid·i·ron

 (grĭd′ī′ərn)
n.
1. Football
a. The field of play.
b. The game itself.
2. A metal structure high above the stage of a theater, from which ropes or cables are strung to scenery and lights.
3.
a. A flat framework of parallel metal bars used for broiling meat or fish.
b. An object resembling such a framework.

[Middle English gridirne, lattice, grill, alteration (influenced by iren, irne, iron) of gridere, alteration of gridel; see griddle.]

gridiron

(ˈɡrɪdˌaɪən)
n
1. (Cookery) a utensil of parallel metal bars, used to grill meat, fish, etc
2. any framework resembling this utensil
3. (Theatre) a framework above the stage in a theatre from which suspended scenery, lights, etc, are manipulated
4. (American Football)
a. the field of play in American football
b. an informal name for American football
c. (as modifier): a gridiron hero.
Often shortened to: grid
[C13 gredire, perhaps variant (through influence of ire iron) of gredile griddle]

grid•i•ron

(ˈgrɪdˌaɪ ərn)

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 scenery and the like are manipulated.
v.t.
6. to mark off into squares.
[1250–1300; Middle English gridirne, gridir(e), gridere, alter. of gridel griddle]

gridiron

The football field, marked with white lines.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gridiron - a cooking utensil of parallel metal barsgridiron - a cooking utensil of parallel metal bars; used to grill fish or meat
cooking utensil, cookware - a kitchen utensil made of material that does not melt easily; used for cooking
2.gridiron - the playing field on which football is playedgridiron - the playing field on which football is played
football stadium - a stadium where football games are held
athletic field, playing area, playing field, field - a piece of land prepared for playing a game; "the home crowd cheered when Princeton took the field"
Translations

gridiron

[ˈgrɪdˌaɪən] N
1. (Culin) → parrilla f
2. (US) (Sport) → campo m de fútbol (americano)

gridiron

[ˈgrɪdaɪərn] ngril m

gridiron

n
(Cook) → (Brat)rost m
(US Ftbl) → Spielfeld nt

gridiron

[ˈgrɪdˌaɪən] ngraticola
References in classic literature ?
So does the ironmongery - candle-boxes, and gridirons, and that sort of necessaries - because those things tell, and mount up.
Saint Laurence on a gridiron," added Laurie, blandly finishing the sentence.
She watched the fish with as much tender care and minuteness of attention as if,--we know not how to express it otherwise,--as if her own heart were on the gridiron, and her immortal happiness were involved in its being done precisely to a turn!
Then it came out upon the other side, and there were more crashings and clatterings, and over it was flopped, like a pancake on a gridiron, and seized again and rushed back at you through another squeezer.
Only I thought you had struck out a new idea, and invented a scheme that was going to revolutionize the timeworn and ineffectual methods of the--" He stopped, and turned to Blake, who was happy now that another had taken his place on the gridiron.
Or even," said he, "if you was helped to knocking her up a new chain for the front door - or say a gross or two of shark-headed screws for general use - or some light fancy article, such as a toasting-fork when she took her muffins - or a gridiron when she took a sprat or such like--"
I imagine that the thigh bones made a kind of gridiron, while at the same time the marrow inside them got cooked.
During these preparations his harangue was commented upon in no very measured terms; and one of the party, after denouncing him as a lying old son of a seacook who begrudged a fellow a few hours' liberty, exclaimed with an oath, 'But you don't bounce me out of my liberty, old chap, for all your yarns; for I would go ashore if every pebble on the beach was a live coal, and every stick a gridiron, and the cannibals stood ready to broil me on landing.
I shall be afraid of the gridiron and the pitchforks.
She, I suppose, will think it a genteeler business to tinker up a lady's watch than to forge a horseshoe or make a gridiron.
Volumes of German morality were hand and glove with the gridiron - a toasting-fork might be discovered by the side of Eusebius - Plato reclined at his ease in the frying-pan- and contemporary manuscripts were filed away upon the spit.
I recognized it as one of two which had stood lashed against either rail of the Lady Jermyn's poop; there the bars had risen at right angles to the deck; now they lay horizontal, a gridiron six feet long-and my bed.