Meaning of grind

grind

Pronunciation: (grīnd), [key]
— v., n. ground grind� grind•ing
—v.t.
  1. to wear, smooth, or sharpen by abrasion or friction; whet: to grind a lens.
  2. to reduce to fine particles, as by pounding or crushing; bray, triturate, or pulverize.
  3. to oppress, torment, or crush: to grind the poor.
  4. to rub harshly or gratingly; grate together; grit: to grind one's teeth.
  5. to operate by turning a crank: to grind a hand organ.
  6. to produce by crushing or abrasion: to grind flour.
  7. to annoy; irritate; irk: It really grinds me when he's late.
—v.i.
  1. to perform the operation of reducing to fine particles.
  2. to rub harshly; grate.
  3. to be or become ground.
  4. to be polished or sharpened by friction.
  5. to work or study laboriously (often fol. by away): He was grinding away at his algebra.
  6. (in a dance) to rotate the hips in a suggestive manner. Cf. bump (def. 11).
  7. to grind out magazine stories.
    1. to produce in a routine or mechanical way:to grind out magazine stories.
    2. to extinguish by rubbing the lighted end against a hard surface:to grind out a cigarette.
—n.
  1. the act of grinding.
  2. a grinding sound.
  3. a grade of particle fineness into which a substance is ground: The coffee is available in various grinds for different coffee makers.
  4. laborious, usually uninteresting work: Copying all the footnotes was a grind.
  5. an excessively diligent student.
  6. a dance movement in which the hips are rotated in a suggestive or erotic manner. Cf. bump (def. 22).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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