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 officer allegedly found a marijuana grinder along with latex gloves, flashlights and pocket knives during a vehicle search. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Riding mowers reported stolen from Friendswood barn," 20 June 2019 Spice Grinder To get the cumin scent out of your spice grinder, try wiping it with white vinegar and then drying thoroughly. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "18 Places You Should Be Cleaning with Vinegar in Your Kitchen," 18 Jan. 2018 On the less expensive end, food carts such as Mis Tacones and Dingers Deli have emerged with vegan nachos and grinders (respectively) worth seeking out, even for omnivores. Michael Russell,, "Plant-based Holiday restaurant will not reopen in downtown Portland," 7 Aug. 2019 One of the women had marijuana and a grinder in her shorts pocket., "Man allows remote access to laptop; loses $1,000s: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 2 Aug. 2019 So Gordon has adapted and morphed into a grinder, a sustainer and a tough runner. The Si Staff,, "Scout’s Take: Insider Fantasy Football Analysis for Every NFL Team," 4 July 2019 Tocchet, a hard-nosed grinder in his playing days, would not tolerate such tone from just anyone. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Coyotes' Tocchet: 'The young guys are going to like' playing with Phil Kessel," 1 July 2019 The officer found marijuana and a grinder during a vehicle search, according to the report. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Riding mowers reported stolen from Friendswood barn," 20 June 2019 Combine the cacao nibs and salt in a spice grinder, small food processor or blender (or use a mortar and pestle) and process until finely ground (a few small pieces here and there are fine). Ben Mims,, "Culinary SOS: Botanica’s Gluten-Free Buckwheat Brownies," 5 June 2019

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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