Origin of grindstone
Examples from the Web for grindstone
Historical Examples of grindstone
Their weapons and tools are highly polished, and have evidently been ground on a grindstone.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
The grindstone was soon in motion; the sparks were flying off in showers.Barnaby Rudge
Sparks fly from a grindstone when you are sharpening a knife.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
Surface impurity can of course be got rid of by means of a grindstone.
The pottery when cold may be dressed on a grindstone if necessary.
- a machine having a circular block of stone or composite abrasive rotated for sharpening tools or grinding metal
- the stone used in this machine
- any stone used for sharpening; whetstone
early 13c. "millstone," from grind (v.) in sense of "sharpen" + stone (n.); meaning "revolving stone disc used for sharpening, etc." is from c.1400. Phrase nose to the grindstone in use by 1530s; originally to get control of another and treat him harshly:
This Text holdeth their noses so hard to the grindstone, that it clean disfigureth their Faces. [John Frith, "Mirror to know Thyself," 1532]
The main modern (reflective) sense of "work hard" is from 1828.
see nose to the grindstone.