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grind

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1 a harsh grating sound

  • the grind of ice in the blender sent the cat running from the room
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2 a person slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits

  • don't be such a grind—go out with your friends and enjoy yourself
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bookworm, dink [slang], dork [slang], geek, nerd, swot [British], weenie, wonk

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4 an established and often automatic or monotonous series of actions followed when engaging in some activity

  • the daily grind of a 50-mile commute was getting old
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work, labor, travail, toil, drudgery, grind mean activity involving effort or exertion. work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force.
    • too tired to do any work
labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion.
    • farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor
travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering.
    • years of travail were lost when the house burned
toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor.
    • his lot would be years of back-breaking toil
drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor.
    • an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery
grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body.
    • the grind of the assembly line

grind

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1 to make smooth by friction

  • after they are ground and polished, these stones can be used for jewelry
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2 to press or strike against or together so as to make a scraping sound

  • everyone in the car winced when the driver ground the gears trying to shift into second
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3 to make sharp or sharper

  • better grind down that ax before you even think about trying to cut down that tree
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4 to make smooth or glossy usually by repeatedly applying surface pressure

  • used the finest polishing paper he could to grind down the facets of the diamond before dusting it with a soft cloth
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5 to pass roughly and noisily over or against a surface

  • ground the rock against the stone wall
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6 to reduce to fine particles

  • grind whole coffee beans if you want the freshest coffee
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