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 grindingcrumbling, grating, crunching, shivering, milling, scraping, rubbing, crushing, smashing, bone-crushing
Examples from the Web for grinding
Contemporary Examples of grinding
The next 10 times after that, it was just wearying and grinding.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up
November 17, 2014
But no place could be more emblematic of the slow, grinding destruction of life in Gaza—and of hope—than this maternity ward.Power Shortages Hit Gaza Maternity Ward
July 24, 2014
And I think that what lifted our spirits when it really hurt, sort of grinding on the bike, was to see everything around us.Pippa: "My Normal and Sisterly" Relationship With Kate
June 27, 2014
His voice would morph from a melodic baritone to a deep, guttural snarl, grinding notes to a pulp.Future Islands Frontman Samuel T. Herring on Their 11-Year Journey to Letterman and Viral Stardom
April 3, 2014
The “exceptional men” doing shots of Maker and grinding on anonymous girls at house parties are not always looking for a wife.Dear Princeton Mom, Stop Telling Me To Husband-Hunt
February 14, 2014
Historical Examples of grinding
He produced the model of an ingenious contrivance for grinding corn.Biographical Sketches
His dreams were all of escape from this grinding, harsh farm.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
"It is my evil genius," muttered Gawtrey, grinding his teeth.Night and Morning, Complete
After that grinding, terrible cry, the stillness of the night was unstirred.Southern Lights and Shadows
The door slid into its wall pocket with a sound of grinding glass.Slaves of Mercury
verb grinds, grinding or ground
Word Origin for grind
past participle adjective from grind (v.). Meaning "oppressive" is from 1580s. The verbal noun is from mid-14c.
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