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
THEN: John W. Amos is seen outside his grist mill on Island Branch in Harford County in 1948.
The symbiotic relationship between warring extremist groups provides extraordinarily potent grist for that mill.
Turkish officials and media have been given grist for complaint by the US Agency for International Development’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
Wonder Woman has no use for global history except as grist for American exceptionalism, which animates the storylines of so many heroes in the comic book universe, from Captain America to Superman.
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.
Timber-cutting and grist-milling eventually disappeared from Atlantic streams and rivers, but the damming continued as 19th-century industrialists built new structures atop old ones.
Canadian hospitality doesn’t seem like grist for drama, but this gem of a musical, by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, makes kindness sing and soar.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of grist for Students
: grain to be ground or that is already ground
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