- grain to be ground.
- ground grain; meal produced from grinding.
- a quantity of grain for grinding at one time; the amount of meal from one grinding.
- Older Use. a quantity or lot.
- to grind (grain).
- grist for/to one's mill, something employed to one's profit or advantage, especially something seemingly unpromising: Every delay was so much more grist for her mill.
Origin of grist
Related Words for gristcereal, corn, kernel, mote, morsel, whit, spark, speck, pellet, scrap, modicum, tittle, iota, jot, trace, fragment, scintilla, molecule, atom, crumb
Examples from the Web for grist
Contemporary Examples of 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
David Roberts of Grist tweeted Sunday that Ferguson apparently isn't concerned about climate change.Niall Ferguson and the Future
May 6, 2013
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
I envisioned the forensic evidence as grist for either my law class or my blog.Stop Calling It Murder
September 10, 2011
One could not help but applaud, even if the goal was grist to the glory-mill of the Dear Leader.Can You Root for North Korea?
June 15, 2010
Historical Examples of grist
Verily, the mills of the gods grind slowly, but what a grist they grind!Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska
Charles Warren Stoddard
Behold, then, hungry novel-monger, what grist is here for the mill!The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper
Martin Farquhar Tupper
So that choir troubles are to us only a part of the grist that keeps the mill going.In Our Town
William Allen White
If I were a novelist now all this would be grist for my mill.The Forester's Daughter
Some time after, Bishop asked me if my father would grind her grist for her?The Witch of Salem
John R. Musick
- grain intended to be or that has been ground
- the quantity of such grain processed in one grinding
- brewing malt grains that have been cleaned and cracked
- grist to the mill, grist to one's mill, grist for the mill or grist for one's mill anything that can be turned to profit or advantage
Word Origin 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.