Definition of grist
1a : grain or a batch of grain for grindingb : the product obtained from a grist of grain including the flour or meal and the grain offals
2 : a required or usual amount
3 : matter of interest or value forming the basis of a story or analysis
4 : something turned to advantage or use —used especially in the phrase grist for one's mill
Recent Examples of grist from the Web
Green, on the other hand, lives for the mess and muck, the hard words and harder forearms that make up the grist of an NBA game.
Rock Mill, a grist mill built in 1824 on a rocky gorge high above Hocking River Falls, has been completely renovated and fitted with a replica 26-foot water wheel.
His personal and professional liaisons continue to be grist for the high-tech rumor mill.
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Origin and Etymology of grist
Middle English, from Old English grīst; akin to Old English grindan to grind
First Known Use: before 12th century
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Definition of grist for Students
: grain to be ground or that is already ground
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