Definition of "grind" []

  • To crush, pulverize, or reduce to powder by friction, especially by rubbing between two hard surfaces: grind wheat into flour. (verb-transitive)
  • To shape, sharpen, or refine with friction: grind a lens. (verb-transitive)
  • To rub (two surfaces) together harshly; gnash: grind the teeth. (verb-transitive)
  • To bear down on harshly; crush. (verb-transitive)
  • To oppress or weaken gradually: "Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law” ( Oliver Goldsmith). (verb-transitive)
  • To reduce or be reduced to small particles by pounding or abrading (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To smooth, sharpen, or polish by friction or abrasion (verb)
  • To scrape or grate together (two things, esp the teeth) with a harsh rasping sound or (of such objects) to be scraped together (verb)
  • To speak or say (something) in a rough voice (verb)
  • To hold down; oppress; tyrannize (verb)
  • To operate (a machine) by turning a handle (verb)
  • To produce in a routine or uninspired manner (verb)
  • To continue to play in a dull or insipid manner (verb)
  • To instil (facts, information, etc) by persistent effort (verb)
  • To study or work laboriously (verb)
  • To dance erotically by rotating the pelvis (esp in the phrase bump and grind) (verb)
  • Laborious or routine work or study (noun)
  • A person, esp a student, who works excessively hard (noun)
  • A specific grade of pulverization, as of coffee beans (noun)
  • The act of sexual intercourse (noun)
  • A dance movement involving an erotic rotation of the pelvis (noun)
  • The act or sound of grinding (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "grind" in a sentence
  • "I would argue, however, that the term grind as socially used in this area is not terribly reliable."
  • ""But I feel that -- that if something came into his life --" She blushed, but went on bravely -- "something to take him out of what he calls the grind --""
  • "The Midshipmen were the league's worst defense for the second consecutive season, and this team simply could not win grind-it-out, low-scoring affairs."