\ 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 Helping illustrate why this issue provides so much grist for both sides of the political divide, though, is the fact that Republicans can still point to something else. Andy Meek, BGR, 7 July 2022 And even the peculiar prejudices of the island became grist for the mill once Booster read Austen’s novel and realized that her story of social stratification would map neatly onto his own experiences. New York Times, 3 June 2022 The troubling episode between Smith and Rock provided more grist for some on social media who lambasted the show and Hollywood. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 The property offers a unique opportunity to observe rural 19th century grist mill technology. Hartford Courant, 19 May 2022 The primary grist of Platt’s Q&A with Music Business Assn. Chris Willman, Variety, 11 May 2022 Fewer than a half-dozen early grist mills have survived in Carroll County. Madison Bateman, Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2022 But these services also lack the grist of that risky, human relationship. Ana Cecilia Alvarez, The Atlantic, 1 May 2022 Still, even if it is destined for the dustbin, the measure’s mere existence means it could be used as grist to energize conservatives on the campaign trail — and a trial balloon that sets the stage for more serious discussion next year. al, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 7 Aug. 2022.

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: grain to be ground or that is already ground

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