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

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Inside the van, police found marijuana and a grinder. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'There's a car in the bed': Airborne minivan embeds, wheels first, into Ozaukee County house," 5 July 2018 After police smelled the odor of cannabis, a search revealed a plastic container with green plant-like material, a metal grinder and a smoking pipe. Steve Sadin,, "Blotter: 2 charged with cannabis possession in Deerfield," 6 July 2018 Counsell, regarded as a grinder himself during his lengthy major-league career, tipped his cap to Zagurski's perseverance. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Notes: Mike Zagurski traveled a long road back to the major leagues with the Brewers," 28 June 2018 And in Cologne, Germany, authorities acting on information from American intelligence agencies last month arrested a Tunisian man who tried to buy 1,000 castor bean seeds and a coffee grinder online. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "ISIS May Be Waning, but Global Threats of Terrorism Continue to Spread," 6 July 2018 The Louisville Fire Department determined the fire was accidental, caused by sparks from a metal grinder used by a construction worker helping repair the center's roof. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Sculpture at Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts unscathed by fire," 17 June 2018 Guards who can't defend are put into a grinder of off-ball screens and made to chase Steph Curry. Rob Mahoney,, "The LeBron James Experiment: Considering NBA Free Agency Scenarios for The King," 27 June 2018 An officer found a bag of marijuana, a grinder and a digital scale during a vehicle search, according to the report. Houston Chronicle, "Police investigate pair of kick-in burglaries," 30 Apr. 2018 When the peppercorns are room temperature, grind them as finely as possible with a spice grinder. Pour the ground Sichuan peppercorns through a fine-mesh strainer into a small bowl. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Mapo Doufu," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of grinder

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

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The first known use of grinder was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of grinder

: a person or thing that grinds something

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