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  ( grids    plural  )
1       n-count   A grid is something which is in a pattern of straight lines that cross over each other, forming squares. On maps the grid is used to help you find a particular thing or place.  
...a grid of ironwork., ...a grid of narrow streets..., Many canals were built along map grid lines.     
    cattle grid  
2       n-count   A grid is a network of wires and cables by which sources of power, such as electricity, are distributed throughout a country or area.  
...breakdowns in communications and electric power grids.     
3       n-count   Thegrid or thestarting grid is the starting line on a car-racing track.  
The Ferrari of Alain Prost will be second on the grid.     

cattle grid        ( cattle grids    plural  ) A cattle grid is a set of metal bars in the surface of a road which prevents cattle and sheep from walking along the road, but allows people and vehicles to pass.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use cattle guard     
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cattle grid, grind, gird, griddle

live off the grid exp.
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)

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