grind

1 of 2

verb

ground ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce grind (audio) ; grinding

transitive verb

1
: to reduce to powder or small fragments by friction (as in a mill or with the teeth)
grind the coffee beans
2
: to wear down, polish, or sharpen by friction
grind an ax
3
a
: oppress, harass
tyrants who grind their subjects
b
: to weaken or destroy gradually
usually used with down
poverty ground her spirit down
4
a
: to press together with a rotating motion
grind the teeth
b
: to rub or press harshly
ground the cigarette out
5
: to operate or produce by turning a crank
grind a hand organ

intransitive verb

1
: to perform the operation of grinding
2
: to become pulverized, polished, or sharpened by friction
3
: to move with difficulty or friction especially so as to make a grating noise
gears grinding
4
: drudge
especially : to study hard
grind for an exam
5
: to rotate the hips in an erotic manner
grindingly adverb

grind

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: an act of grinding
b
: the sound of grinding
2
a
: dreary, monotonous, or difficult labor, study, or routine
the dull grind of office work
b
: one who works or studies excessively
a grind who never goes to parties
3
: the result of grinding
also : material ground to a particular degree of fineness
a drip grind of coffee
4
: an action of rotating the hips in an erotic manner (as in a dance or in a burlesque striptease act) compare bump entry 1 sense 3
Choose the Right Synonym for grind

work, labor, travail, toil, drudgery, grind mean activity involving effort or exertion.

work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force.

too tired to do any work

labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion.

farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor

travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering.

years of travail were lost when the house burned

toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor.

his lot would be years of back-breaking toil

drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor.

an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery

grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body.

the grind of the assembly line

Examples of grind in a Sentence

Verb The corn is ground into meal. The steel grinds to a sharp edge. She kept grinding the car's gears. He grinds his teeth in his sleep. I could hear the gears grinding. Noun I need a break from the daily grind. the dull grind of office work See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The action is compressed into about six weeks, whose grinding carnage would numb your senses if Homer’s poetry didn’t keep stirring them. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 The strike has ground most production to a halt in Georgia, with only reality shows and a handful of independent movies still happening. Rodney Ho, ajc, 9 Sep. 2023 The strikes have ground much of Hollywood to a halt and have shined a spotlight on a system that rewards some actors and writers richly – but which, union members say, leaves others scrapping to survive, especially as streaming has changed the way those creative professions are compensated. Luciana Lopez, CNN, 6 Sep. 2023 By the time the Holiday Bowl injury came around, Slovis knew a grinding rehab was ahead of him. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Sep. 2023 Hikers can see the park’s east side on the Grasslands Trail, which leads to a Kumeyaay grinding rocks site and the Old Mission Dam overlook. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2023 Hario Skerton Pro Manual Coffee Grinder for $40 ($18 off) Amazon Want to grind beans for very little money? Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 30 Aug. 2023 The curves of this headboard along with the warm, deep colors ground the room and fill it with an edgy intensity, while pink linens soften things up. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 31 Aug. 2023 Much of the rest of the sprawling 72-year-old correctional facility in Draper has been leveled, with a total of 252 buildings demolished and harvested for thousands of tons of recyclable materials, much of it ground into piles of usable rubble. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Aug. 2023
Noun
Price at time of publish: $115 Fellow Opus Conical Burr Grinder View On Amazon View On Williams-Sonoma View On Best Buy The right brew starts with the right grind size, which makes a grinder an essential tool in any barista’s arsenal. Melanie Fincher, Southern Living, 9 Sep. 2023 In fact, just six weeks after giving birth to Shai, Osaka was back on the grind and shared her intense workouts on social media. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 But the tennis season is a grind that requires players to make several surface changes and adapt to different conditions. USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2023 Late night is a grind, and Meyers and Oliver are skilled, multifaceted writers and performers with considerable experience with live crowds. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, 21 Aug. 2023 The Bears had been looking forward to their joint practices with the Indianapolis Colts as a welcome break from the grind of training camp, and as the first-team defense tried to stop the first-team Colts offense, their energy was clear in front of a packed grandstand Wednesday. Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune, 17 Aug. 2023 The blade not only has a large number of teeth (60) but also an alternate top bevel (ATB) tooth geometry with an unusually steep angle of the top grind. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 10 Aug. 2023 Selena's current ventures are earning her some big bucks, but she's been on the showbiz grind for many, many years. Addison Aloian, Women's Health, 7 Aug. 2023 The trail can be followed by car, bicycle, or boat, as many roads parallel the route and are marked accordingly. 35 Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio Located near Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park allows visitors to escape the daily grind of urban life and immerse themselves in nature. Josh Laskin, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English grindan; akin to Latin frendere to crush, grind

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of grind was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near grind

Cite this Entry

“Grind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grind. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

grind

1 of 2 verb
ground ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce grind (audio) ; grinding
1
: to reduce to powder or pieces by friction (as in a mill or with the teeth)
2
: to wear down, polish, or sharpen by friction : whet
3
: to press with a scraping noise : grit
4
5
a
: to operate or produce by turning a crank
b
: to produce by steady hard work
grind out an essay
6
: to move with difficulty or friction especially so as to make a scraping noise
grind the gears

grind

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: an act of grinding
b
: the sound of grinding
2
a
: steady hard work
especially : study that takes much effort
b
: a student who studies too much
3
: the result of grinding
especially : the size of particle obtained by grinding

Medical Definition

grind

transitive verb
ground ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce grind (audio) ; grinding
1
: to reduce to powder or small fragments by friction (as with the teeth)
2
: to press together and move with a rotating or back-and-forth motion see bruxism

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