grind·​er | \ ˈgrīn-dər How to pronounce grinder (audio) \

Definition of grinder

1a : molar
b grinders plural : teeth
2 : one that grinds
3 : a machine or device for grinding
5 : an athlete who succeeds through hard work and determination rather than exceptional skill

Examples of grinder in a Sentence

ordered a meatball grinder from the beach's concession stand
Recent Examples on the Web Transfer to mortar and pestle or spice grinder and grind into a fine powder; set aside. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 21 Mar. 2022 Here’s how to make my chili crisp: Pulverize ½ cup dried red chiles into little flakes in a food processor or spice grinder. Karen Yuan, Bon Appétit, 1 Feb. 2022 In the coming months, countries in Europe and Asia will start enforcing laws that mirror those stuck in the meat grinder of Congress, where political leaders’ attention is much more divided. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 21 Mar. 2022 This will result in a more fragrant, aromatic brew, but be warned: Your bean grinder will likely hold onto those flavors and potentially infuse them into your next batch. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 21 Feb. 2022 During the car’s inventory, the officer found a scale in the front pocket of a pink bag which also had suspected marijuana in a glass jar and a grinder. cleveland, 24 Mar. 2022 And the pride of knowing a high school basketball grinder from a football town in the Deep South can represent the future of college basketball far beyond Birmingham’s skyline. Joseph Goodman |, al, 22 Dec. 2021 Let cool completely, then grind them to a fine powder or paste in a nut grinder or food processor. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2021 The 54-49 grinder of a game left everyone emotional, with fifth-year senior Brad Davison crying at the postgame news conference and coach Greg Gard doing his best to hold back his emotions when speaking about Davison. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grinder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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12 May 2022

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“Grinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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