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grind

grind

 
 
pronunciation:
graInd
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: grinds, grinding, ground
definition 1: to crush or make by crushing into fine particles.
He ground the nuts according to the recipe.I love the smell when I grind the coffee beans.
synonyms:
crush, mill, pulverize, triturate
similar words:
comminute, crumble, crunch, granulate, kibble, masticate, powder
definition 2: to sharpen or make smooth by friction.
He ground the edge of the knife on a stone.
synonyms:
hone, sharpen, whet
similar words:
file, sand
definition 3: to rub together in a harsh or grating manner.
He has a bad habit of grinding his teeth.
synonyms:
grate
similar words:
gnash, grit, rasp, scrape
definition 4: to cruelly oppress; crush.
The new leaders ground the opposition.
synonyms:
crush, oppress
similar words:
ill-treat, maltreat, scourge
definition 5: to operate by turning a handle or crank.
You grind the peppermill clockwise.
synonyms:
crank, wind
similar words:
turn
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to crush or reduce something to small particles.
synonyms:
crush
definition 2: to become ground, crushed, or powdered.
similar words:
crush, powder, pulverize
definition 3: to be sharpened or polished by rubbing.
synonyms:
sharpen
similar words:
polish
definition 4: to slow down or stop with much difficulty or roughness.
The car ground to a halt.
similar words:
brake, halt, slow down
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of grinding.
synonyms:
crushing, trituration
similar words:
comminution, milling, pulverization
definition 2: a harsh-sounding noise produced by friction.
synonyms:
grating, rasp, scrape
similar words:
screech
definition 3: (informal) tedious or boring work.
He found writing his thesis to be a real grind.
synonyms:
chore, drudgery, moil
similar words:
bore, groove, slavery, task, toil, treadmill
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derivation: grindingly (adv.)
Word Builder: grind +
  • grinder:
    a machine that grinds.
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