\ 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 The resentments and groveling that can come with a demanding patriarch or a high-maintenance mother figure; the sibling side-deals and subterfuges — all this is grist for entertainment schadenfreude., "16 TV shows that make your family look functional," 6 May 2021 Remnants of their cotton, grist and saw mills still exist as testimony to their efforts., "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 23 Apr. 2021 Pratt diversified his business to include grist and flour mills, architectural millworks, cotton and woolen mills. al, "Hoover historians celebrate new grave markers at Birmingham cemetery," 30 Apr. 2021 Human rights cases such as Bao’s are potent grist for Chinese propaganda. Los Angeles Times, "The U.S. awarded her fight for human rights. ICE detained her son," 18 Mar. 2021 Hopefully, these talks will produce grist for a legislative journal of sorts, written by a sports-turned-political reporter covering a session for the first time. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Legislative Journal: DFW lawmakers offer glimpse into unique friendship, legislative session," 29 Mar. 2021 Ball farmed the area around his house with his five daughters and also ran a grist mill on Four Mile Run. John Kelly, Washington Post, "These two homes were once among the oldest in D.C. They’re in Virginia now.," 21 Nov. 2020 And while there is still plenty of room for improvement, there is ample grist to show that states are capable of successfully implementing their own legal cannabis markets. Lewis Koski, Forbes, "Federal Cannabis Legalization Has Appeal, But State Regulations Have Results," 10 Mar. 2021 What raises this tale above grist for True Confessions is that Martha’s story collided with a ripening controversy within the evangelical movement over the role of women, a theme that Ms. Heyrman deftly explores as part of her narrative. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, "‘Doomed Romance’ Review: An Ideal Relationship," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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15 May 2021

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“Grist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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: grain to be ground or that is already ground

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