\ ˈgrist How to pronounce grist (audio) \

Definition of grist

1a : grain or a batch of grain for grinding
b : 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

Examples of grist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this sense, the lawsuit could provide new grist for politicians, including Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo), who are outspoken critics of platforms like YouTube. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "YouTube sued by crypto firm Ripple over scam videos, in major challenge to tech giant," 21 Apr. 2020 Remote-sensing data gathered by satellites in orbit and augmented by remote sensors on the ground provides grist for the machine-learning mills operated by companies like Orbital Insight. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "You can see the impact of coronavirus from space," 11 Mar. 2020 While Manning’s lawsuit was originally dismissed, new audits have raised similar concerns, providing new grist for his legal case. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "5 things to know about the Dallas County commissioner primary race," 22 Feb. 2020 Trump has provided more grist for attack ads during this ongoing crisis than almost any other politician in history. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Biden’s Incoherent, China-Bashing Attack on Trump," 21 Apr. 2020 To add grist to this effort, the Party has been allowing America-blaming conspiracy theories to circulate — and has increasingly been propagating them. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Under fire over coronavirus response, China turns to a familiar fall guy: Trump," 13 Mar. 2020 Finally, the Great Society congresses of the 1960s churned out social and civil rights legislation like grist in a mill. Fergus M. Bordewich, Time, "'You Never Find Quiet Except Under a Tyranny.' Congress Has Always Been Partisan and That's a Good Thing.," 21 Feb. 2020 But in a more recent era, the fish have been literally hitting a wall as dams popped up all over the region, powering grist and woolen mills and later factories. Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times, "It’s Fish vs. Dams, and the Dams Are Winning," 20 Jan. 2020 At the same time, the report found enough errors — and in at least one case, alleged document tampering by a low-level FBI lawyer — to provide Trump and his allies grist to continue to claim that the investigation was tainted. NBC News, "Internal Justice watchdog finds that Russia probe was justified, not biased against Trump," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of grist

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

History and Etymology for grist

Middle English, from Old English grīst; akin to Old English grindan to grind

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“Grist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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: grain to be ground or that is already ground

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