grind

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

Essential Meaning of grind

1 : to crush or break (something) into very small pieces by rubbing it against a rough surface or using a special machine Grind (up) the coffee beans into a fine powder. The corn is ground into meal.
2 : to cut (meat) into small pieces by putting it through a special machine Grind (up) the turkey meat.
3 : to make (something) sharp or smooth by rubbing it against a hard surface grind an ax The steel grinds to a sharp edge.

Full 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 down poverty 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

Other Words from grind

Verb

grindingly \ ˈgrīn-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce grind (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 People who have a political ax to grind aren't welcome in our parade. Sahar Akbarzai, CNN, 2 Jan. 2022 The most difficult rocks can require tens of thousands of pounds of pressure to grind up and carve a path for a pipe, but rocks can absorb liquids or break differently when broken into smaller pieces. Khari Johnson, Wired, 9 Dec. 2021 The girls show off their favorite dance moves, and Maya and Anna teach Josie Grossie how to grind. Alejandra Gularte, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 Destiny 2’s new Anniversary Event has given us Dares of Eternity, the 6 player activity that everyone can grind for free in order to win weapons from Halo, Marathon and Pathways Into Darkness. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Projects at the Colorado School of Mines and in China’s Fujian Province used water jets at the front of cutter heads that grind into hard rock. Khari Johnson, Wired, 9 Dec. 2021 The company has been criticized for pushing its producers to find cost savings and to grind down budgets. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 8 Dec. 2021 But the idea of playing to grind for skins didn’t come naturally to him. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 Does the head coach have the desire and work ethic to be a big-boy SEC recruiter, embrace and grind and hit the recruiting trail like his hair’s on fire. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Solis Scala is a good entry-level model—relatively affordable without compromising on grind quality. Gear Team, Wired, 30 Nov. 2021 Part of leaning into their identity of a nasty, grind-it-out team had to include a more physical and assertive approach. Shane Young, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Select your roast preference (light to medium, medium to dark, or all roasts) and the grind type (roasted vs. whole bean). Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Like many, if not all, professional sports, hockey comes with a daunting grind factor. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2021 Celery hung up in the grind chamber briefly but cleared quickly on its own. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 26 Aug. 2021 Taper grind edge technology helps knives easily re-sharpen and provides optimum sharpness for effective and precise cutting. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 21 May 2021 Other students feel stuck at a provincial grind school, and jealous of peers attending more glamorous universities. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 Masticating juicers feature several different functions and can be used to make nut milk, grind coffee, puree potatoes and baby food and, of course, make your delicious smoothies. Kevin Luna, chicagotribune.com, 9 Apr. 2021

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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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10 Jan 2022

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“Grind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grind. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for grind

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

grind

transitive verb
\ 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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