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

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The meat grinder whirred to life as Dieudonne Kazzembe fed chunks of raw beef into the metal pan on top of the machine. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "For this teen refugee and his foster family, Father’s Day has a special resonance," 16 June 2019 To make sausage: Toast the coriander seeds and peppercorns until fragrant and lightly brown, then grind in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle with the chile flakes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 chefs share recipes inspired by their cooking dads," 11 June 2019 The sparks from metal chasses and rims cover the track with the light of 1,000 angle grinders. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "One Day at Daytona," 22 Mar. 2019 Turn off the heat and transfer the spices to a small plate to cool, then finely grind them in a spice grinder or using a mortar and pestle. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Meanwhile, grind granulated sugar and remaining tablespoon tea in a spice grinder until finely chopped, 15 to 30 seconds. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Chamomile-Mascarpone Tart With Fresh Strawberries," 19 Mar. 2019 While the experts agree that the best way to grind meat is with an actual meat grinder, a food processor can definitely get the job done. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Grind Your Own Meat Without a Meat Grinder," 12 Mar. 2019 The duo are immediately confronted with a pair of challenging puzzles: Who killed Anastasia Prill—incidentally, their first client—by introducing poisonous Calabar beans into her coffee grinder? Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: When the Wheels Come Off," 25 Jan. 2019 Pros: The grinder, which can be used with or without the cone-filling attachment, is the brains, heart and crown jewel of the Otto. Adam Tschorn,, "High Gear: Test-driving Otto, the joint-rolling robot," 27 June 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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