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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)

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.

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."