Definition of grader in US English:

grader

noun

  • 1A person or thing that grades.

    • ‘It takes so long to grade essays and I have little faith in these thousands of graders sitting at home reading student handwriting on their computer screens and trying to speed through the grading.’
    • ‘The change of emphasis is also coinciding with the end of the premia payments which, in the past, had supported the poorer graders to the same level as the quality beef animals, which had helped to make the price for the weaker graders.’
    • ‘The intention of the Department to maintain a skeleton staff of graders at beef factories is not a solution.’
    • ‘SAT graders are told to read an essay just once and spend two to three minutes per essay, and Dr. Perelman is now adept at rapid-fire SAT grading.’
    • ‘Anderson has emerged as a road grader, clearing paths for Dillon.’
    • ‘He's a road grader who brings versatility to the unit.’
    • ‘Ms. Jones says she isn't confident in the grading system, which instructs graders to disregard factual errors in almost all circumstances.’
    • ‘Brian reported that while graders are out working they may be a bit behind schedule due to the weather as well as some people being off sick and others taking vacation time.’
    • ‘Public schools are tougher graders than private schools.’
    • ‘It is therefore important to welcome an announcement by Vice President that the Government wants to ensure that all the graders that belong to the State are rehabilitated.’
  • 2A wheeled machine for leveling the ground, especially in making roads.

    • ‘The usual fleet of wheel loaders, graders and plough/sander trucks maintains the road network.’
    • ‘I have approached officials several times and a year ago they attempted to grade the road - the grader got stuck and they left the job incomplete.’
    • ‘We have 10 to 12 miles of roads to maintain, and we wanted a grader big enough to cover them all.’
    • ‘They point out some important differences between motor graders and other earthmoving machines when it comes to converting engine power to tractive effort and work output.’
    • ‘The graders ripped the existing road and gathered all available material into two windrows, then spread and graded behind the mobile crusher as it progressed down the road.’
    • ‘You will see graders keeping our rural roads in shape.’
    • ‘Local governments already share road graders and other expensive equipment.’
    • ‘The grader was about 400 ft down the road from where the laborer and co-worker had deposited the tamper.’
    • ‘Qualified and experienced staff have left for greener pastures and graders which were once a common site in the townships are now skeletons resting on boulders waiting to be shipped to the scrapyard.’
    • ‘The old adage about bad workmen blaming their tools might be true, but in our conversations we have heard few operators of loaders, graders, excavators, and dozers blaming their machines.’
    • ‘Finally the grader came along and levelled and shingled the road.’
    • ‘Most of the graders and excavators manufactured today come with restriction gauges, and every engine manufacturer has a restriction guideline.’
    • ‘It seems almost unnecessary to say it now, because graders are so accurate as they level the ground, whether it is for a new road, reshaping an old road, or for basic grading work at construction sites.’
    • ‘Gogo also called on the government to provide a grader to fix roads in the area since the region was inaccessible to ordinary vehicles.’
    • ‘For road building, he uses two dozers and two road graders.’
    • ‘Excavators, articulated trucks, dozers, motor graders, and bottom-dump highway trucks are a few examples of the diverse machinery used on a typical job site.’
    • ‘In the past, graders at construction sites achieved accuracy by making repeated passes over the ground.’
  • 3North American in combination A student of a specified grade in a school.

    ‘first-grader’
    • ‘The majority of my time has been spent working with the oldest students at our school - eighth graders.’
    • ‘Fourth graders are slipping behind in mathematics and science, compared to students internationally.’
    • ‘Bright sixth graders stay after school to tutor fourth graders who are having trouble with fractions or reading.’
    • ‘These are mostly 10th graders with some 12 th graders, but they are very politically aware and astute.’
    • ‘My ninth graders were the kids the system had given up on - the dropouts, the lost causes.’
    • ‘Once the books were completed, the students had an opportunity to take them to a neighboring elementary school and share their stories with first and second graders.’
    • ‘Testing is also available in Spanish for third and fourth graders, but all students test in English.’
    • ‘Eighth graders don't hang out with sixth graders.’
    • ‘Every year we look at the new crop of 9th graders coming into high school and only a few can demonstrate that they have been taught well.’
    • ‘English education was extended to fifth and sixth graders at primary schools last year.’
    • ‘As the bell rang all the sixth graders rushed to the auditorium.’
    • ‘How could anyone be making that much money overseeing a school district where a third of the 3rd graders couldn't read?’
    • ‘At one elementary school, 68% of kindergartners and first graders receive free lunches.’
    • ‘We handed out a quiz to each seventh grader at our school.’
    • ‘I coach several youth basketball teams, and my players range from 3rd graders to 7th graders.’
    • ‘The participants in this study were 61 fourth graders who had been in an English-only school district in the San Francisco Bay Area of California since kindergarten.’
    • ‘High-school photography students came to photograph the sixth - graders at work.’
    • ‘First off, I have been participating in a special program offered to 6th graders who can pass an 8th grade test with 90 % or higher at West Highschool.’
    • ‘Using fluency as an example, the curriculum calls for the fourth grader to read approximately 90 words per minute.’
    • ‘Approximately 20 percent of tenth to twelfth graders do not complete high school.’

Pronunciation

grader

/ˈɡreɪdər//ˈɡrādər/