grind·​er | \ ˈgrīn-dər \

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

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Examples of grinder in a Sentence

ordered a meatball grinder from the beach's concession stand

Recent Examples on the Web

Transfer to spice grinder or blender and pulse to blend and grind. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Fennel Roasted Chicken and Peppers," 21 Dec. 2018 Use a mortar and pestle or spice grinder to lightly crush 4 teaspoons loose black tea, such as Darjeeling or English Breakfast, and add to butter-sugar mixture. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "This Holiday Season’s Smartest Cookie," 5 Dec. 2018 And out there is right where the Colts need to be, to get the most out of a quarterback whose talent is superior but whose game was stagnating even before all those meatheads put him through a grinder that ultimately cost Luck the 2017 season. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Andrew Luck finally has a coaching staff who deserves him," 13 June 2018 Local store Maggy Marketplace had been selling T-shirts, hoodies and mugs promoting the show, said Bryant Lewis, who works as a meat grinder and slicer at a deli inside the market. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Ben Stiller Goes Behind Bars for Showtime Series," 14 Nov. 2018 Bottom Line: The NutriBullet's great for turning cooked vegetables into soup and can double as a coffee grinder. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "We Tried It: Magic Bullet's NutriBullet Blender," 22 Feb. 2015 It's been a non-stop day and he's been put through the media meat grinder, the most notable being an emotional early-morning appearance on the Today Show with his friends and frequent collaborators Kathie Lee and Hoda. Chris Gayomali, GQ, "Suiting Up with John Cena," 12 June 2018 Grind dried rhizomes in a spice mill, coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle to make turmeric powder for cooking. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Your Own Turmeric Indoors," 22 July 2018 Break into small pieces and grind to a rough powder in a spice grinder. Jane Black, WSJ, "Why Your Squash Tastes Better Than It Used To," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of grinder

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

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English Language Learners Definition of grinder

: a person or thing that grinds something

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