- to wear, smooth, or sharpen by abrasion or friction; whet: to grind a lens.
- to reduce to fine particles, as by pounding or crushing; bray, triturate, or pulverize.
- to oppress, torment, or crush: to grind the poor.
- to rub harshly or gratingly; grate together; grit: to grind one's teeth.
- to operate by turning a crank: to grind a hand organ.
- to produce by crushing or abrasion: to grind flour.
- Slang. to annoy; irritate; irk: It really grinds me when he's late.
- to perform the operation of reducing to fine particles.
- to rub harshly; grate.
- to be or become ground.
- to be polished or sharpened by friction.
- Informal. to work or study laboriously (often followed by away): He was grinding away at his algebra.
- Digital Technology. (in a video game) to perform a monotonous task repeatedly in order to advance a character to a higher level or rank: You have to grind for hours before you can embark on the main story mission.
- Slang. (in a dance) to rotate the hips in a suggestive manner.Compare bump(def 12).
- the act of grinding.
- a grinding sound.
- a grade of particle fineness into which a substance is ground: The coffee is available in various grinds for different coffee makers.
- laborious, usually uninteresting work: Copying all the footnotes was a grind.
- Informal. an excessively diligent student.
- Slang. a dance movement in which the hips are rotated in a suggestive or erotic manner.Compare bump(def 12).
- grind out,
- 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 grindSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for grindingcrumbling, grating, crunching, shivering, milling, scraping, rubbing, crushing, smashing, bone-crushing
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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
- to reduce or be reduced to small particles by pounding or abradingto grind corn; to grind flour
- (tr) to smooth, sharpen, or polish by friction or abrasionto grind a knife
- to scrape or grate together (two things, esp the teeth) with a harsh rasping sound or (of such objects) to be scraped together
- (tr foll by out) to speak or say (something) in a rough voice
- (tr often foll by down) to hold down; oppress; tyrannize
- (tr) to operate (a machine) by turning a handle
- (tr foll by out) to produce in a routine or uninspired mannerhe ground out his weekly article for the paper
- (tr foll by out) to continue to play in a dull or insipid mannerthe band only ground out old tunes all evening
- (tr often foll by into) to instil (facts, information, etc) by persistent effortthey ground into the recruits the need for vigilance
- (intr) informal to study or work laboriously
- (intr) mainly US to dance erotically by rotating the pelvis (esp in the phrase bump and grind)
- informal laborious or routine work or study
- slang, mainly US a person, esp a student, who works excessively hard
- a specific grade of pulverization, as of coffee beanscoarse grind
- British slang the act of sexual intercourse
- mainly US a dance movement involving an erotic rotation of the pelvis
- the act or sound of grinding
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.
- The pathological wearing away of tooth substance by mechanical means.
In addition to the idiom beginning with grind
- grind to a halt
- ax to grind
- mills of the gods grind slowly