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  1. grind
    IPA[ɡrīnd]
  2. verb

    • 1. reduce (something) to small particles or powder by crushing it:

      grind some black pepper over the salad they grind up fish for fertilizer
    • 2. sharpen, smooth, or produce (something) by crushing or by friction:

      power from a waterwheel was used to grind cutlery
      Synonym : sharpen, whet, make sharp/sharper, hone, file, strop, smooth, polish, sand, sandpaper
    • 3. operate (a mill or machine) by turning the handle:

      she was grinding a coffee mill
    • 4. (of a mill or machine) work with a crushing action:

      the old mill was grinding again
    • 5. rub or cause to rub together gratingly:

      tectonic plates that inexorably grind against each other he keeps me awake at night, grinding his teeth
      Synonym : rub, grate, scrape, rasp, gnash, grit
    • 6. move noisily and laboriously, especially against a countering force:

      the truck was grinding slowly up the hill
      Synonym : move laboriously, strain, struggle, drag oneself, fight one's way, labor, putter, chug
    • 7. (of a dancer) rotate the hips:

      go-go girls grinding to blaring disco

    noun

    • 1. a crushing or grating sound or motion:

      the crunch and grind of bulldozers the slow grind of the US legal system
    • 2. the size of ground particles:

      only the right grind gives you all the fine flavor
    • 3. hard dull work:

      relief from the daily grind
    • 4. an excessively hard-working student.

    • 5. a dancer's rotary movement of the hips:

      a bump and grind
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: grind, plural noun: grinds

    • v.: verb: grind, 3rd person present: grinds, gerund or present participle: grinding, past tense: ground, past participle: ground

    • verb

      reduce (something) to small particles or powder by crushing it:

      sharpen, smooth, or produce (something) by crushing or by friction:

    • noun

      a crushing or grating sound or motion:

      the size of ground particles:

    • noun

      the solid surface of the earth:

      a limited or defined extent of the earth's surface; land:

    • verb

      prohibit or prevent (a pilot or an aircraft) from flying:

      (of a parent) refuse to allow (a child) to go out socially as a punishment:

    • adjective

      (of a difficult situation) oppressive and seemingly without end:

      (of a sound or motion) harsh and grating:

    • noun

      the reduction of something to small particles or powder by crushing it:

      the action of rubbing things together gratingly:

    • verb

      past and past participle of grind
    • adjective

      reduced to fine particles by crushing or mincing:

      shaped, roughened, or polished by grinding:

    • noun

      the solid surface of the earth:

      a limited extent of the earth's surface; land:

    • verb

      prohibit or prevent (a pilot or an aircraft) from flying:

      (of a parent) refuse to allow (a child) to go out socially as a punishment:

    • adjective

      (of a difficult situation) oppressive and seemingly without end:

      (of a sound or movement) harsh and grating:

    • noun

      the reduction of something to small particles or powder by crushing it:

      the action of rubbing things together gratingly:

    • verb

      past and past participle of grind
    • adjective

      reduced to fine particles by crushing or mincing:

      shaped, roughened, or polished by grinding:

    • continue for a long time in a wearying or tedious way
    • work or study hard
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