grind

verb
\ ˈgrīnd How to pronounce grind (audio) \
ground\ ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce ground (audio) \; grinding

Definition of grind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
3a : oppress, harass tyrants who grind their subjects
b : to weaken or destroy gradually usually used with downpoverty ground her spirit down
4a : 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

grind

noun

Definition of grind (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act of grinding
b : the sound of grinding
2a : 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

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Other Words from grind

Verb

grindingly \ ˈgrīn-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce grindingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for grind

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Finally, while some in the world still live in grinding poverty, levels of living have risen for many. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: One can be thankful for much even amid pessimism," 1 Dec. 2019 Three pot shops in Ann Arbor, already known as a cannabis-friendly city, will be ground zero for the start of recreational marijuana sales. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "On first day of legal weed sales, you'll only find it in one Michigan city," 29 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, warm wood floors ground the contemporary space. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This New York City Apartment Is All About Pattern and Texture," 25 Nov. 2019 And Hurts and the offense grinded its way into a tie, then won it. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Oklahoma stages monumental comeback to knock off No. 10 Baylor," 17 Nov. 2019 With the display on the outside, the soft, delicate plastic is going to be constantly grinding against whatever's on the table, or whatever's in your pocket, so the durability of the Mate X is a serious concern. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Huawei finally ships the foldable Mate X, complete with a protective pouch," 15 Nov. 2019 The process of making tofu starts with soaking and grinding soybeans, placing them in a concrete tub and injecting steam from a boiler that is fueled by burning plastic. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "To Make This Tofu, Start by Burning Toxic Plastic," 14 Nov. 2019 The story of the war against ISIS, of the slow, grinding offensive that reduced entire cities to rubble, is one of the most important — though least told — stories of the new century. David French, National Review, "Inside the Rise and Fall of ISIS’s Caliphate," 7 Nov. 2019 The convergence between west and east eventually ground to a halt. The Economist, "Germans still don’t agree on what reunification meant," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In other words, the Central-ist who bears up best to the grind of going 87-75 just might emerge victorious. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: The Cincinnati Reds certainly have a shot in the underwhelming NL Central," 30 June 2019 But technology can help bring a little playfulness to the grind. Ronda Kaysen, The Seattle Times, "Is it time to drain the water heater? There’s an app for that," 11 Feb. 2019 Employees face the exhaustion of mandatory 12-hour shifts, and warehouses are crammed with seasonal workers unaccustomed to the grind. Will Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Crippled backs, a crushing death: Investigation reveals cost of Amazon Prime for workers," 25 Nov. 2019 Employees face the exhaustion of mandatory 12-hour shifts, and warehouses are crammed with seasonal workers unaccustomed to the grind. Will Evans, The Atlantic, "Behind the Smiles," 25 Nov. 2019 Adjusting from summer back to the grind of college life can be hard, to say the least. SELF, "7 Little Ways to Deal With the Emotional Rollercoaster That Is College," 4 Oct. 2019 Without a mandate from the sport’s highest authorities, the movement for equal inclusion has slowed to a grind. Kathryn Bertine, Outside Online, "It's Time for Pro Cycling to Treat Women Equally," 22 Aug. 2019 August is a hectic time for everyone — kids are getting ready to go back to school and everyone has to return to the daily grind of work after a lax few months of vacations and summer Fridays. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "A 31-day yoga routine to help you reduce stress," 1 Aug. 2019 After the meeting, the gamers slumped off into their rooms to begin the daily grind. Taylor Lorenz, New York Times, "Can FaZe Clan Build a Billion-Dollar Business?," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of grind

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for grind

Verb and Noun

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

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Time Traveler for grind

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

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6 Dec 2019

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“Grind.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grind. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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grind

verb
How to pronounce grind (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to crush or break (something) into very small pieces by rubbing it against a rough surface or using a special machine
: to cut (meat) into small pieces by putting it through a special machine
: to make (something) sharp or smooth by rubbing it against a hard surface

grind

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grind (Entry 2 of 2)

: boring or difficult work
US : a person who works or studies too much
used to describe the size of the pieces of something that has been ground

grind

verb
\ ˈgrīnd How to pronounce grind (audio) \
ground\ ˈgrau̇nd \; grinding

Kids Definition of grind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make or be made into powder or small pieces by rubbing The mill grinds wheat into flour.
2 : to wear down, polish, or sharpen by friction grind an ax
3 : to rub together with a scraping noise grind the teeth
4 : to operate or produce by or as if by turning a crank

grind

noun

Kids Definition of grind (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of sharpening or reducing to powder
2 : steady hard work the daily grind
\ ˈgrīnd How to pronounce grind (audio) \
ground\ ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce ground (audio) \; grinding

Medical Definition of grind

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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