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grind

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verb \ˈgrīnd\

Definition of grind

ground

play \ˈgrau̇nd\;

grinding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce to powder or small fragments by friction (as in a mill or with the teeth) grind the coffee beans

  3. 2 :  to wear down, polish, or sharpen by friction grind an ax

  4. 3a :  oppress, harass tyrants who grind their subjectsb :  to weaken or destroy gradually —usually used with down poverty ground her spirit down

  5. 4a :  to press together with a rotating motion grind the teethb :  to rub or press harshly ground the cigarette out

  6. 5 :  to operate or produce by turning a crank grind a hand organ

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to perform the operation of grinding

  9. 2 :  to become pulverized, polished, or sharpened by friction

  10. 3 :  to move with difficulty or friction especially so as to make a grating noise gears grinding

  11. 4 :  drudge; especially :  to study hard grind for an exam

  12. 5 :  to rotate the hips in an erotic manner

grindingly

play \ˈgrīn-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of grind in a sentence

  1. The corn is ground into meal.

  2. The steel grinds to a sharp edge.

  3. She kept grinding the car's gears.

  4. He grinds his teeth in his sleep.

  5. I could hear the gears grinding.

Origin and Etymology of grind

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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grind

noun

Definition of grind

  1. 1a :  an act of grindingb :  the sound of grinding

  2. 2a :  dreary, monotonous, or difficult labor, study, or routine the dull grind of office workb :  one who works or studies excessively a grind who never goes to parties

  3. 3 :  the result of grinding; also :  material ground to a particular degree of fineness a drip grind of coffee

  4. 4 :  the act of rotating the hips in an erotic manner

Examples of grind in a sentence

  1. I need a break from the daily grind.

  2. the dull grind of office work

Origin and Etymology of grind

see 1grind


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of 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

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GRIND Defined for English Language Learners

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grind

play
verb \ˈgrīnd\

Definition of grind for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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grind

noun

Definition of grind for English Language Learners

  • : boring or difficult work

  • : a person who works or studies too much

  • —used to describe the size of the pieces of something that has been ground


GRIND Defined for Kids

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grind

play
verb \ˈgrīnd\

Definition of grind for Students

ground

\ˈgrau̇nd\;

grinding

  1. 1 :  to make or be made into powder or small pieces by rubbing The mill grinds wheat into flour.

  2. 2 :  to wear down, polish, or sharpen by friction grind an ax

  3. 3 :  to rub together with a scraping noise grind the teeth

  4. 4 :  to operate or produce by or as if by turning a crank


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grind

play
noun

Definition of grind for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of sharpening or reducing to powder

  2. 2 :  steady hard work the daily grind


Medical Dictionary

grind

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transitive verb \ˈgrīnd\

Medical Definition of grind

ground

\ˈgrau̇nd\play ;

grinding

  1. 1:  to reduce to powder or small fragments by friction (as with the teeth)

  2. 2:  to press together and move with a rotating or back-and-forth motion—see bruxism



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