verb (used with object), ground or (Rare) grind·ed; grind·ing.
verb (used without object), ground or (Rare) grind·ed; grind·ing.
- to produce in a routine or mechanical way: to grind out magazine stories.
- to extinguish by rubbing the lighted end against a hard surface: to grind out a cigarette.
Origin of grind
Synonyms for grind
Related Words for grindchore, drudgery, grate, pulverize, reduce, scrape, crumble, rub, task, travail, rote, treadmill, labor, pace, sweat, routine, toil, moil, groove, rut
Examples from the Web for grind
Contemporary Examples of grind
But what if this war does eventually involve ground troops, and what if it does just grind on for years?Can America Still Win Wars?
October 4, 2014
The daily grind of child-rearing and the stress of sharing responsibility seem to be a big part of it.Pope Francis Is Wrong About My Child-Free Life
June 6, 2014
Those who propagate it are considered paranoids or activists with an axe to grind.Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010? A Second Look.
April 11, 2014
Progress has somehow gone from an inspiring option to an individual mandate—a grim necessity we are obliged to grind out.Hunter S. Thompson Was Right About America: It’s Still Freaks vs. Fear
February 8, 2014
But will he be willing to forsake his lucrative gig at Fox News to grind it out on the campaign trail?Who Does the GOP Really Have To Run Against Hillary in 2016?
January 14, 2014
Historical Examples of grind
I'm not going to grind away and grind away all my life like father and you've done.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
At this juncture the brakes began to shriek and grind upon the wheels.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
These gizzards are nature's gristmills, and they grind exceedingly fine.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
Is that where you grind out the things the magazines reject?The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
Yet in all that time he only learned to grind his flint stones instead of chipping them.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
verb grinds, grinding or ground
Word Origin for grind
Old English grindan "to rub together, grate, scrape," forgrindan "destroy by crushing" (class III strong verb; past tense grand, past participle grunden), from Proto-Germanic *grindanan (cf. Dutch grenden), related to ground, from PIE *ghrendh- "to grind" (cf. Latin frendere "to gnash the teeth," Greek khondros "corn, grain," Lithuanian grendu "to scrape, scratch"). Meaning "to make smooth or sharp by friction" is from c.1300. Most other Germanic languages use a verb cognate with Latin molere (cf. Dutch malen, Old Norse mala, German mahlen).
late 12c., "gnashing the teeth," from grind (v.). The sense "steady, hard work" first recorded 1851 in college student slang (but cf. gerund-grinder, 1710); the meaning "hard-working student" is American English slang from 1864.
In addition to the idiom beginning with grind
- grind to a halt
- ax to grind
- mills of the gods grind slowly