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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swot, grind, nerd, wonk, dweebnoun

    an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious

  2. grindnoun

    the grade of particle fineness to which a substance is ground

    "a coarse grind of coffee"

  3. drudgery, plodding, grind, donkeyworknoun

    hard monotonous routine work

  4. grind, mill, pulverization, pulverisationverb

    the act of grinding to a powder or dust

  5. crunch, cranch, craunch, grindverb

    press or grind with a crushing noise

  6. grate, grindverb

    make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together

    "grate one's teeth in anger"

  7. labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moilverb

    work hard

    "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long"

  8. grindverb

    dance by rotating the pelvis in an erotically suggestive way, often while in contact with one's partner such that the dancers' legs are interlaced

  9. grind, mash, crunch, bray, comminuteverb

    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading

    "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic"

  10. grindverb

    created by grinding

    "grind designs into the glass bowl"

  11. grindverb

    shape or form by grinding

    "grind lenses for glasses and cameras"


  1. grindnoun

    A specific degree of pulverization of coffee beans.

    This bag contains espresso grind.

  2. grindnoun

    A tedious task.

    This homework is a grind.

  3. grindnoun

    A grinding trick on a skateboard or snowboard.

  4. grindverb

    To make smaller by breaking with a device.

  5. grindverb

    To cause to rub together.

  6. grindverb

    To rotate the hips suggestively.

  7. grindverb

    To remove material by rubbing with an abrasive surface.

  8. grindverb

    To slide the flat portion of a skateboard or snowboard across an obstacle such as a railing.

  9. grindverb

    To repeat a task in a MMORPG or role-playing video game in order to gain levels or items.

  10. grindverb

    To eat.

    Eh, brah, let's go grind.

  11. Etymology: From grindan, cognate with Dutch grind 'gravel, shingel'.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To GRINDverb

    preter. I ground; part. pass. ground.

    Etymology: grindan, gegrunden , ground, Saxon.

    And whosoever shall fall on this stone, shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. Mat.

    He that will have a cake out of the wheat, must needs tarry the grinding. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    What relation or affinity is there between a minute body and cogitation, any more than the greatest? Is a small drop of rain any wiser than the ocean? Or do we grind inanimate corn into living and rational meal? Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Meeting with time, slack thing, said I,
    Thy sithe is dull; whet it, for shame:
    Nor marvel, sir, he did reply,
    If it at length deserve some blame;
    But where one man would have me grind it,
    Twenty for one too sharp do find it. George Herbert.

    Against a stump his tusk the monster grinds,
    And in the sharpen’d edge new vigour finds. John Dryden, Fables.

    That the stomach in animals grinds the substances which it receives, is evident from the dissection of animals, which have swallowed metals, which have been found polished on the side next the stomach. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    So up he let him rise; who with grim look,
    And count’nance stern, upstanding, ’gan to grind
    His grated teeth for great disdain. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    Harsh sounds, as of a saw when it is sharpened, and grinding of one stone against another, make a shivering or horror in the body, and set the teeth on edge. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    Some merchants and tradesmen, under colour of furnishing the colony with necessaries, may not grind them so as shall always keep them in poverty. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    Another way the Spaniards have taken to grind the Neapolitans, and yet to take off the odium from themselves. Addis.

  2. To Grindverb

    To perform the act of grinding; to move a mill.

    Fetter’d they send thee
    Into the common prison, there to grind
    Among the slaves and asses. John Milton, Agonistes.

    Shrinking sinews start,
    And smeary foam works o’er my grinding jaws. Nicholas Rowe.


  1. Grind

    A blade's grind is its cross-sectional shape in a plane normal to the edge. Grind differs from blade profile, which is the blade's cross-sectional shape in the plane containing the blade's edge and the centre contour of the blade's back (meaning the shape of the blade when viewed from the side, i.e. clip point, spear point, etc.). The grind of a blade should not be confused with the bevel forming the sharpened edge; it more usually describes the overall cross-section of the blade, not inclusive of the beveled cutting edge which is typically of a different, less acute angle as the bevel ground onto the blade to give it a cross-sectional shape. For example, the famous Buck 110 hunting knife has a "hollow ground" blade, with concave blade faces (which aid in slicing through materials), but the cutting edge itself is a simple, flat-ground bevel of lesser angle. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to put a "hollow grind" onto the actual cutting edge of the blade itself, which is a very narrow and small bevel.


  1. grind

    Grind generally refers to the process of reducing something into small particles or powder by crushing or harsh rubbing. In a broader sense, it could also mean working hard over a long period, especially for a particular goal, or the action of repeated rubbing of two surfaces against each other.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grindverb

    to reduce to powder by friction, as in a mill, or with the teeth; to crush into small fragments; to produce as by the action of millstones

  2. Grindverb

    to wear down, polish, or sharpen, by friction; to make smooth, sharp, or pointed; to whet, as a knife or drill; to rub against one another, as teeth, etc

  3. Grindverb

    to oppress by severe exactions; to harass

  4. Grindverb

    to study hard for examination

  5. Grindverb

    to perform the operation of grinding something; to turn the millstones

  6. Grindverb

    to become ground or pulverized by friction; as, this corn grinds well

  7. Grindverb

    to become polished or sharpened by friction; as, glass grinds smooth; steel grinds to a sharp edge

  8. Grindverb

    to move with much difficulty or friction; to grate

  9. Grindverb

    to perform hard aud distasteful service; to drudge; to study hard, as for an examination

  10. Grindnoun

    the act of reducing to powder, or of sharpening, by friction

  11. Grindnoun

    any severe continuous work or occupation; esp., hard and uninteresting study

  12. Grindnoun

    a hard student; a dig

  13. Etymology: [AS. grindan; perh. akin to L. frendere to gnash, grind. Cf. Grist.]


  1. Grind

    The grind of a blade refers to the shape of the cross-section of the blade. It is distinct from the type of blade, though different tools and blades may have lent their name to a particular grind. Grinding involves removing significant portions of metal from the blade and is thus distinct from honing and polishing. It is notably done when first sharpening the blade or when a blade has been significantly damaged or abused A well maintained blade will need less frequent grinding than one which is not treated well. The terms edge angle and included angle can be important when talking about grinding. The edge angle is measured between the surface of an edge and a line running from the point of the cutting edge to the centre of the back edge. The included angle is the sum of the edge angles. All other things being equal, the smaller the included angle the sharper the blade and the easier it is to damage the edge. An appropriate grind will depend upon what the blade is to be used for and the material from which the blade is made. Knife manufacturers may offer the same model of knife with different grinds on the blade and owners of a blade may choose to reshape it as a different grind to obtain different blade properties. A trade off exists between a blade's ability to take an edge and its ability to keep an edge. Various grinds are easier to maintain than others or can provide a better shape over the life of the blade as the blade is worn away by repeated sharpening. In material science terms, harder steels take sharper edges, but are more brittle and hence chip more easily, while softer steels are tougher, and are used for knives such as cleavers which must be tough but do not require a sharp edge. In the range of hardnesses used for knives, the relationship between hardness and toughness is fairly complex and high hardness and high toughness are often possible at the same time.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grind

    grīnd, v.t. to reduce to powder by friction: to wear down or sharpen by rubbing: to rub together: to oppress or harass: to set in motion by a crank.—v.i. to be moved or rubbed together: to drudge at any tedious task: to read hard:—pr.p. grīnd′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. ground.—n. hard or distasteful work: laborious study for a special examination, &c.—ns. Grind′er, he who, or that which, grinds: a double or jaw tooth that grinds food: a coach or crammer of students for examination: a hard student; Grind′ery, a place where knives, &c., are ground, or where they are sold: shoemakers' materials; Grind′ing, act or process of reducing to powder.—p.adj. harassing.—n. Grind′stone, a circular revolving stone for grinding or sharpening tools.—Keep one's nose to the grindstone, to subject one to severe continuous toil or punishment.—Take a grinder (Dickens), to put the left thumb to the nose, and to work a visionary coffee-mill round it with the right—a gesture of contempt. [A.S. grindan.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. grind

    1. [MIT and Berkeley; now rare] To prettify hardcopy of code, especially LISP code, by reindenting lines, printing keywords and comments in distinct fonts (if available), etc. This usage was associated with the MacLISP community and is now rare; prettyprint was and is the generic term for such operations. 2. [Unix] To generate the formatted version of a document from the troff, TeX, or Scribe source. 3. [common] To run seemingly interminably, esp. (but not necessarily) if performing some tedious and inherently useless task. Similar to crunch or grovel. Grinding has a connotation of using a lot of CPU time, but it is possible to grind a disk, network, etc. See also hog. 4. To make the whole system slow. “Troff really grinds a PDP-11.” 5. grind grind excl. Roughly, “Isn't the machine slow today!”

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. grind

    A half kink in a hempen cable.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grind in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grind in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of grind in a Sentence

  1. Gen. Joseph Stilwell:

    Illegitimis non carborundum.Lat., Don't let the bastards grind you down.

  2. Princess Anne:

    When I appear in public, people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth paw the ground and swish my tail --- none of which is easy.

  3. Vince Lombardi:

    The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules - but to win. And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline.

  4. Bruce Pearl:

    Listen, when you win, folks are worried you’re going to leave, when you’re losing, they’re packing your bags. … Look, Auburn is a fabulous place and it’s been the best place that I’ve ever been where I can develop players. It’s a small college town, kids come here to grind, they’re around other student-athletes that are trying to grind and we’re about an hour and half from Atlanta. As you know Jay, there are a lot of good players in Atlanta.

  5. President Obama:

    Now National Public Radio've got Republicans in a position where it's not enough for them simply to grind the wheels of Congress to a halt and then blame me.

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. huff
    • B. exacerbate
    • C. suffuse
    • D. gloat

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