Grind meaning

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To grind is defined as to crush, reduce to a powder using friction or to rub two surfaces together forcefully.

An example of to grind is using a mortar and pestle to turn cumin seeds into cumin powder.

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(informal) To devote oneself to study or work.

Grinding for a test; grinding away at housework.

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(video games) To repeat a task in order to gain levels or items.
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To produce mechanically or without inspiration.

The factory grinds out a uniform product.

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To become crushed, pulverized, or powdered by friction.
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(slang) To rotate the pelvis erotically, as in the manner of a stripteaser.
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To grate.
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To bear down on harshly; crush.
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To rub (two surfaces) together harshly; gnash.

Grind the teeth.

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To instill or teach by persistent repetition.

Ground the truth into their heads.

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The act of grinding.
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A crunching or grinding noise.
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A specific grade or degree of pulverization, as of coffee beans.

Drip grind.

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(informal) A laborious task, routine, or study.

The daily grind.

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(informal) A student who works or studies excessively.
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(slang) An erotic rotation of the pelvis.
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To sharpen, shape, or smooth by friction.
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To press down or together with a crushing, turning motion; rub harshly or gratingly.

To grind one's teeth.

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To operate by turning the crank of.

To grind a coffee mill.

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To make or produce by grinding.
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To perform the act of grinding something.
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To be capable of being ground; undergo grinding.
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(informal) To work or study hard and steadily.
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(slang) To move the hips in a circular motion, as in striptease dancing.
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The act or operation of grinding.
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The degree of fineness of something ground into particles.
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Long, difficult, tedious work or study; drudgery.
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(informal) A student who studies very hard.
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(slang) A circular movement of the hips made by or as by a striptease dancer.
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To continually guess passwords by creating all possible character combinations and systematically attempting to gain access to a system or service until the right password is found. GSLB (general term): GSLB stands for Global Server Load Balancing and is a very widely used concept in the world of global Internet computing. Requests to popular Web services—such as search engines, news services, shopping sites, and auctioning sites—are examined for their origin and then directed to the least used or closest server. Graham, R. Hacking Lexicon. [Online, 2001.] Robert Graham Website. http://www.linuxsecurity.com/resource_files/documentation/hacking-dict.html.
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To reduce to smaller pieces by crushing with lateral motion.
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To shape with the force of friction.

Grind a lens.

Grind an axe.

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(metalworking) To remove material by rubbing with an abrasive surface.
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To become ground, pulverized, or polished by friction.

This corn grinds well.

Steel grinds to a sharp edge.

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To move with much difficulty or friction; to grate.
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(sports) To slide the flat portion of a skateboard or snowboard across an obstacle such as a railing.
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To oppress, hold down or weaken.
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(slang) To rotate the hips erotically.
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(slang) To dance in a sexually suggestive way with both partners in very close proximity, sometimes pressed against each other.
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To produce mechanically and repetitively as if by turning a crank.
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To instill through repetitive teaching.

Grinding lessons into students' heads does not motivate them to learn.

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(slang, Hawaii) To eat.

Eh, brah, let's go grind.

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(slang) To work or study hard; to hustle or drudge.

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The act of reducing to powder, or of sharpening, by friction.
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A specific degree of pulverization of coffee beans.

This bag contains espresso grind.

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This homework is a grind.

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A grinding trick on a skateboard or snowboard.
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(archaic, slang) One who studies hard; a swot.
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Grindcore (subgenre of heavy metal)
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To perform the operation of grinding something.
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To afflict with cruelty, hardship, etc.; crush; oppress.

A people ground down by tyranny.

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To oppress or weaken gradually or persistently.
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grind it out
  • To make a persistent effort in doing something that is difficult; work at something persistently.
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grind out
  • to produce by steady or laborious, often uninspired, effort
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grind to a halt
  • to come gradually to a stop or to an end
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of grind

  • Middle English grinden from Old English grindan ghrendh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English grinden, from Old English grindan, (cognate with Dutch grind (“gravel, shingle”), from Proto-Germanic *grindaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ghrendh- (“crushing”).

    From Wiktionary