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

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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 For that, his crew turns to an angle grinder fitted with a wire wheel, which the team uses as gently as possible. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "What to do about white stains on a brick berm over a fishpond," 16 Dec. 2019 When told the officer was going to search the Honda, the man produced a glass jar with marijuana, a pipe and a grinder. John Benson,, "Broadview Heights woman finds animal feces, maple syrup, eggs and powdered sugar on Jeep: Brecksville Police Blotter," 11 Sep. 2019 Transfer to a spice grinder and let cool completely, then pulse to a coarse powder, 8 to 10 pulses. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: Banh Mi and pork skewers on your backyard grill," 13 Aug. 2019 Some first-round divas might have bristled, getting compared to an undrafted grinder like Bowen, but not Leonard. Lee Jenkins,, "The Island of Kawhi: Leonard gives second wind to Spurs' dynasty," 14 Mar. 2016 Other honorable mentions include lightsaber chopsticks ($13), lightsaber BBQ tongs ($27) and lightsaber salt and pepper grinders ($40). Sarah Brookbank,, "Bring the Force into your kitchen with these Star Wars gadgets," 3 Dec. 2019 Los Dos Molinos got it's name from two chile grinders, or molinos, that were gifted to the couple by Eddie's great-grandmother and Victoria's grandmother. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Los Dos Molinos founder and chef Victoria Chavez has died," 25 Nov. 2019 Michigan 34, Indiana 28 More on U-M football: How Ronnie Bell's work as a 'grinder' paid off Rainer Sabin The most recent time Michigan lost to Indiana was 1987 — the year after Jim Harbaugh played his last season as the Wolverines’ quarterback. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State won't lose to Rutgers, right? Can Michigan football avoid Indiana letdown?," 22 Nov. 2019 Apples traveled up the conveyor belt to a grinder, which chopped them into a slurry of ground fruit, peels, stems and seeds that cider makers called pomace (different from pomace in winemaking, which is the end byproduct after pressing). Jason Wilson, Washington Post, "Why cider, which can be as complex as wine, belongs on your Thanksgiving table," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of grinder

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

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6 Jan 2020

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“Grinder.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grinder

: a person or thing that grinds something

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