\ ˈgrīnd How to pronounce grind (audio) \
ground\ ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce grind (audio) \; grinding

Essential Meaning of grind

1 : to crush or break (something) into very small pieces by rubbing it against a rough surface or using a special machine Grind (up) the coffee beans into a fine powder. The corn is ground into meal.
2 : to cut (meat) into small pieces by putting it through a special machine Grind (up) the turkey meat.
3 : to make (something) sharp or smooth by rubbing it against a hard surface grind an ax The steel grinds to a sharp edge.

Full Definition of grind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce to powder or small fragments by friction (as in a mill or with the teeth) grind the coffee beans
2 : to wear down, polish, or sharpen by friction grind an ax
3a : oppress, harass tyrants who grind their subjects
b : to weaken or destroy gradually usually used with down poverty ground her spirit down
4a : to press together with a rotating motion grind the teeth
b : to rub or press harshly ground the cigarette out
5 : to operate or produce by turning a crank grind a hand organ

intransitive verb

1 : to perform the operation of grinding
2 : to become pulverized, polished, or sharpened by friction
3 : to move with difficulty or friction especially so as to make a grating noise gears grinding
4 : drudge especially : to study hard grind for an exam
5 : to rotate the hips in an erotic manner



Definition of grind (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act of grinding
b : the sound of grinding
2a : dreary, monotonous, or difficult labor, study, or routine the dull grind of office work
b : one who works or studies excessively a grind who never goes to parties
3 : the result of grinding also : material ground to a particular degree of fineness a drip grind of coffee
4 : an action of rotating the hips in an erotic manner (as in a dance or in a burlesque striptease act) — compare bump entry 1 sense 3

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Other Words from grind


grindingly \ ˈgrīn-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce grind (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for grind

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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work, labor, travail, toil, drudgery, grind mean activity involving effort or exertion. work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force. too tired to do any work labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion. farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering. years of travail were lost when the house burned toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor. his lot would be years of back-breaking toil drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor. an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body. the grind of the assembly line

Examples of grind in a Sentence

Verb The corn is ground into meal. The steel grinds to a sharp edge. She kept grinding the car's gears. He grinds his teeth in his sleep. I could hear the gears grinding. Noun I need a break from the daily grind. the dull grind of office work
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Futures tied to the S&P 500 fell 0.2% and contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged down 0.1%, indicating that both indexes may grind lower after the opening bell. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2021 As long as these three drivers remain intact, stocks are likely to grind their way higher. Randy Watts, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Impeachment chronicles how Carpenter-McMillan's services were funded by conservatives with axes to grind. Nick Romano,, 7 Sep. 2021 Never use a drain cleaner on the disposal, and don’t grind plastic, glass or the shells of oysters or calms in your disposal. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Chicken bones seemed to grind a little coarser than with some of the other models. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 26 Aug. 2021 Adding provisions for investment in rural regions, frankly, was key in massaging the angst of legislators who grind their teeth at any thought of mandating spending with minority firms. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 16 Aug. 2021 The Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in 2012, also drilled, but it was designed to grind the rock instead of extracting cores. Matt Simon, Wired, 12 Aug. 2021 Tagging an elk with a bow often comes down to who can stay in the field longer and continue to grind. Michael Herne, Outdoor Life, 24 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the four-minute drill, Gebbia’s series was a grind, but ultimately successful. oregonlive, 16 Aug. 2021 The entire Olympics was a grind for the Americans, but Green still had enough energy to turn on the critics: the talk-show folks back in America who act like the Olympics is just another round of the NBA playoffs and freak out at any misstep. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Aug. 2021 Most of the matchup was a grind, as both sides watched a phenomenal pitchers’ duel., 26 June 2021 Thomas recalled Millennium's previous matchup win over Mesa, 46-32, in the first round of Lady X to be a grind. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2021 The grind of living in poverty also may worsen the odds for some African-American women. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 One of those people happened to be Doja Cat, who brought glamorous wit to the exhausting grind of internet-age fame. Darren Franich,, 12 Aug. 2021 But the two-time Super Bowl champion was reportedly reluctant to commit to the grind of a full season. cleveland, 19 July 2021 Some people point to the grind of the NBA season catching up to the Americans, but players from the other countries don’t just sit around waiting for the Olympics. Chris Hays,, 16 July 2021

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First Known Use of grind


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for grind

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English grindan; akin to Latin frendere to crush, grind

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“Grind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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\ ˈgrīnd How to pronounce grind (audio) \
ground\ ˈgrau̇nd \; grinding

Kids Definition of grind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make or be made into powder or small pieces by rubbing The mill grinds wheat into flour.
2 : to wear down, polish, or sharpen by friction grind an ax
3 : to rub together with a scraping noise grind the teeth
4 : to operate or produce by or as if by turning a crank



Kids Definition of grind (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of sharpening or reducing to powder
2 : steady hard work the daily grind


transitive verb
\ ˈgrīnd How to pronounce grind (audio) \
ground\ ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce grind (audio) \; grinding

Medical Definition of grind

1 : to reduce to powder or small fragments by friction (as with the teeth)
2 : to press together and move with a rotating or back-and-forth motion — see bruxism

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