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grind

verb \ ˈgrīnd \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of grind

ground play \ˈgrau̇nd\; grinding
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
3 a : oppress, harass
  • tyrants who grind their subjects
b : to weaken or destroy gradually usually used with down
  • poverty ground her spirit down
4 a : 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

grindingly

play \ˈgrīn-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of grind in a Sentence

  1. The corn is ground into meal.

  2. The steel grinds to a sharp edge.

  3. She kept grinding the car's gears.

  4. He grinds his teeth in his sleep.

  5. I could hear the gears grinding.

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Origin and Etymology of grind

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

grind Synonyms

Synonyms
buff, file, hone, rasp, rub, sand
Antonyms
blunt, dull
Related Words
plane, scrape; sandblast, scour; burnish, dress, gloss, polish, shine, smooth; edge, hone, sharpen, strop, whet; regrind
Near Antonyms
coarsen, rough (up), roughen, scuff

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grind

noun

Definition of grind

1 a : an act of grinding
b : the sound of grinding
2 a : 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 : the act of rotating the hips in an erotic manner

Examples of grind in a Sentence

  1. I need a break from the daily grind.

  2. the dull grind of office work

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Origin and Etymology of grind

see 1grind

grind Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of grind

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

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GRIND Defined for English Language Learners

grind

verb

Definition of grind for English Language Learners

  • : to crush or break (something) into very small pieces by rubbing it against a rough surface or using a special machine

  • : to cut (meat) into small pieces by putting it through a special machine

  • : to make (something) sharp or smooth by rubbing it against a hard surface


grind

noun

Definition of grind for English Language Learners

  • : boring or difficult work

  • : a person who works or studies too much

  • —used to describe the size of the pieces of something that has been ground


GRIND Defined for Kids

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grind

verb \ ˈgrīnd \

Definition of grind for Students

ground \ˈgrau̇nd\; grinding
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

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grind

noun

Definition of grind for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

grind

transitive verb \ ˈgrīnd \

medical Definition of grind

ground play \ˈgrau̇nd\; grinding
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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