verb (used with object)
Origin of grist
Examples from the Web for grist
And in their spare time, those cowpunchers, ranchers, and old rodeo riders will use their experiences as grist for cowboy poetry.After 30 Years of Growth, the Cowboy Poetry Festival Tries to Keep Its Pioneer Spirit|John L. Smith|February 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
David Roberts of Grist tweeted Sunday that Ferguson apparently isn't concerned about climate change.
What might sound like grist for late-night comics is, in fact, a serious matter for a reporter.Sheldon Adelson, the Billionaire Who Bankrupted Me|John L. Smith|February 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I envisioned the forensic evidence as grist for either my law class or my blog.
One could not help but applaud, even if the goal was grist to the glory-mill of the Dear Leader.
Adrian, for whom there was no more work that afternoon, proposed to Roger that they take a walk to Truem Wright's grist mill.The White Crystals|Howard R. Garis
A good saw mill on the bank of the river five miles above, a grist mill worked by hand, but intended to work by water.
Of course, I found a grist of men there, and they wouldn't let me go.The Militants|Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
The mood represented the grist of much subtle effort, comparing, adjustment, and readjustment.Foes|Mary Johnston
So powerful is this incentive that sometimes the wheel will continue to turn round when there is no grist to grind.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner|Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for grist
- grain intended to be or that has been ground
- the quantity of such grain processed in one grinding
Word Origin for grist
Word Origin and History for grist
Old English grist "action of grinding, grain to be ground," perhaps related to grindan "to grind" (see grind), though OED calls the connection "difficult." Meaning "wheat which is to be ground" is early 15c.; the figurative extension from this sense is from the same date.