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 This meat-grinder start of the Big Ten schedule, with the first eight conference games against opponents currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, is giving the Gophers as true of a test as Pitino has had in eight seasons. Dave Campbell, ajc, "Minnesota beats No. 4 Iowa 102-95 on Johnson's 3-point spree," 26 Dec. 2020 Right now, that could be swapping Sims out of the starting lineup for Jones, this team’s breakout star, or Hamm, a defensive-minded grinder who exudes boundless energy. Nick Moyle,, "Texas needs Jericho Sims to shake off early struggles," 8 Dec. 2020 In a large bowl, combine the squash and onion and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the salt, a few twists of the pepper grinder, and toss to combine. Washington Post, "Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Onion With Tahini and Za’atar," 13 Nov. 2020 In July of 2016, Nieves was asked to drive a worker to the hospital after the worker cut off a piece of his finger on a meat grinder. Dallas News, "Ex-manager settles firing lawsuit against West Dallas meat processing plant," 25 Sep. 2020 For serious big-game hunters, a quality meat grinder is a necessity that pays big dividends. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Know When Buying A Meat Grinder," 3 Sep. 2019 For the freshest taste, start with whole bean coffee and grind it to a coarse consistency using a burr grinder ($100, Amazon). Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Use a French Press for a Delightful Start to Your Morning," 17 Dec. 2020 However, during a search of the Ford, police found a slew of drug paraphernalia, including a bong, grinder, smoking pipes and a torch. John Benson, cleveland, "Thief enters unlocked Audi, uses opener to get inside garage: Brecksville Police Blotter," 16 Dec. 2020 Stainless steel is the standard for grinder components. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Features You Need in Your First Meat Grinder," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of grinder

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

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12 Jan 2021

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“Grinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grinder

: a person or thing that grinds something

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