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1. Having an irregular, transverse, or diagonal grain, as opposed to a parallel grain.
2. Troublesome to deal with; contrary.
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1. (Forestry) (of timber) having the fibres arranged irregularly or in a direction that deviates from the axis of the piece
2. perverse, cantankerous, or stubborn
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. (of timber)
a. having the grain running transversely or diagonally.
b. having an irregular grain.
2. stubborn; perverse.
cross′-grained′ness (-ˈgreɪnd-, -ˈgreɪ nɪd-) n.
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|Adj.||1.||cross-grained - difficult to deal with|
|2.||cross-grained - of timber; having fibers running irregularly rather than in parallel|
uneven - not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture; "an uneven color"; "uneven ground"; "uneven margins"; "wood with an uneven grain"
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