grind

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

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

grind

noun

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

Verb

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

Synonyms for grind

Synonyms: Verb

buff, file, hone, rasp, rub, sand

Synonyms: Noun

creak, jar, rasp, scrape, scratch

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Noun

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

And, as this week’s report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.) makes clear, there will be infinitely more of them as the century grinds hotly on. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Protesting Immigration Policy, and Why I Decided to Get Arrested," 9 Aug. 2019 Observations and Results Was breaking a sugar cube by smashing, crushing or grinding it easy? Scientific American, "Weathering Rocks," 8 Aug. 2019 The Mill’’ — was carved out of a gristmill that operated throughout the 19th century, grinding cornmeal for the state’s famous pancakes. Boston.com Real Estate, "For $1.4 million, live in a R.I. mill where cornmeal, sermons were the daily grind," 26 July 2019 The Dead Sea Transform fault, which runs underneath the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea and accommodates the grinding motion between the Arabian and African tectonic plates, has been responsible for far larger earthquakes. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Sea of Galilee earthquakes triggered by excessive water pumping," 26 July 2019 Focus on personal grooming, romance and being with people who ground you. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: July 24, 2019," 24 July 2019 One arm is set up to sharpen knives, plucking raw blades from a box and grinding them to an edge on a stone. The Economist, "China’s Silicon Valley is transforming China, but not yet the world," 11 July 2019 Officials say the workers have ground up more than half of the crews' pickup loads so far. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Here are the neighborhoods Dallas still has left for storm debris cleanup," 9 July 2019 The dispute is over a factory that produces fishmeal, a product obtained by drying and grinding fish or fish waste. Holly Eva Ryan, Quartz Africa, "Anti-Chinese protests in a Gambian fishing village show conflict of foreign investment in Africa," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Dodgers are giving him time at that position mostly to give him at-bats without the grind catching every day in the suffocating Oklahoma heat presents. Los Angeles Times, "Austin Barnes’ batting improves in the relaxed setting of triple-A Oklahoma City," 13 Aug. 2019 His own father didn't see this coming, certainly not back when Walker entered Vanderbilt at 145 pounds and would call home ready to quit because of the grind. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Walker Buehler Has the Arm, Arsenal and Attitude to Be a Star," 13 Aug. 2019 The Tube’s most ear-splitting noise levels tend to last for only short periods, such as when the wheels of the carriage grind against the rails during turns. The Economist, "London’s Tube is worryingly noisy," 12 Aug. 2019 Welcoming the grind with that responsibility always in the front of his mind has led the 6-foot-7 wing to his next stop, the one he had been committed to all along. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Edmondson grad Stanton Kidd’s long journey to NBA makes him a ‘seasoned rookie’ with Jazz," 8 Aug. 2019 Ingredients ● 1 cup cornmeal, medium grind ● 1/2 cup flour ● 1 tablespoon baking powder ● 1/2 teaspoon salt ● 1 cup milk ● 1 egg ● 2 tablespoons honey ● 1/2 tablespoon oil Instructions 1. Jessica Dailey, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Guide to Infusing a Western-Chic Vibe Into Your Home," 1 Aug. 2019 Still, over a 19-year grind, Mattek-Sands has not won a tour-level title, and this year has been particularly frustrating. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "For Venus, bowing out early, it’s about the memories," 31 July 2019 Britain doesn’t actually want to be run by working-class grinds. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Who Is Boris Johnson?," 19 July 2019 My favorite results came from a very fine grind and minimal tamping. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "The 5 Best Portable Espresso Makers," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of grind

Verb

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

Noun

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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of grind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of grind (Entry 2 of 2)

: boring or difficult work
US : a person who works or studies too much
used to describe the size of the pieces of something that has been ground

grind

verb
\ 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

grind

noun

Kids Definition of grind (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of sharpening or reducing to powder
2 : steady hard work the daily grind
\ ˈgrīnd How to pronounce grind (audio) \
ground\ ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce ground (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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