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grinding

adjective

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grinding

verb
present participle of 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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“Grinding.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/grinding. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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