\ ˈgrīnd How to pronounce grind (audio) \
ground\ ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce grind (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



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

Synonyms for grind

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Altogether, 104 judgeships were open after Republicans used their Senate majority to grind the nomination process to a near halt in Obama’s final two years in office. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump made lasting impact on federal courts," 26 Dec. 2020 Rage building, sobs shaking her body, voice rising as if the gravity of her words might grind the horror to a halt. USA Today, "Her memory of the midnight attack was muddled, but her battered body bore the story.," 17 Dec. 2020 Factories in China have been struggling to grind slowly back to life. Christopher S. Rugaber, The Denver Post, "Coronavirus spread prompts Federal Reserve to slash rates in surprise move," 3 Mar. 2020 The poor fish’s tongue withers into a useless nub, leaving the mouth vacant for the louse itself to physically take its place, helping its host move food around its mouth and grind big morsels down to size. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fourteen Fun Facts About Love and Sex in the Animal Kingdom," 14 Feb. 2020 When the spices are cool, grind them in a spice grinder, coffee grinder or mortar, then transfer to a small bowl and stir in the allspice, chile powder, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Dallas News, "A global remedy: Chicken soup recipes from around the world," 20 Nov. 2020 Coarsely grind the fennel seeds in a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. Jessica Battilana,, "When buying a live pig is the first step to a succulent pork dish," 23 Oct. 2020 Meat grinders grind meat, but the more versatile models also perform a variety of other chores. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Know When Buying A Meat Grinder," 3 Sep. 2019 In the lead up to the holiday, the men grind flour at a communal mill and bake their loaves at home or in the jestekan. New York Times, "Welcoming a New Year at an Ancient Festival in Pakistan," 27 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Playing competitive college football for three hours on a fall Saturday is a grind. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "The incomplete evaluation of Ohio State football can be finished only with a Clemson rematch: Doug Lesmerises," 20 Dec. 2020 The grindadráp—or the grind, for short—is a traditional Faroese drive hunt that dates back to at least 1298, when the first law regulating the hunt was introduced. Amia Srinivasan, The New Yorker, "What Have We Done to the Whale?," 17 Aug. 2020 Playing this fall between practices and games has been a grind. Gary Curreri,, "Boca Raton’s Hippos are hungry for lacrosse glory," 10 Dec. 2020 Take the rest of the day for yourself, because game days are a grind. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Red All Over: Getting that first Utes game under my belt," 26 Nov. 2020 The Aggies’ offensive line performed a big part of its overall job simply by sticking around and adhering to the grind under third-year coach Jimbo Fisher. Brent Zwerneman,, "Veteran offensive line has had a big hand in A&M’s 5-1 start," 25 Nov. 2020 Every day is a grind for the conference’s commissioner, Mike Aresco, as the league and all of college sports still attempt to navigate seasons despite worsening COVID-19 numbers across the country. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "AAC commish 1-on-1: Mike Aresco talks COVID-19 issues, basketball season, crowd sizes and having a CFP contender," 12 Nov. 2020 Cabinet and judicial nominees would be harangued and possibly rejected; passing even basic legislation would be a grind. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "How Biden can fix America’s climate credibility," 7 Nov. 2020 The only question was whether La Russa, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014, was interested to returning to the daily grind of managing. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Tony La Russa, 76, named new Chicago White Sox manager," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of grind


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


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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22 Jan 2021

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“Grind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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



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


\ 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



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 grind (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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