• Woman Grinding Grain
    Woman Grinding Grain
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grinding a harsh and strident sound (as of the grinding of gears)
    • n grinding material resulting from the process of grinding "vegetable grindings clogged the drain"
    • n grinding the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Grinding Angle, 20°;. Whetting Angle, 25° Grinding Angle, 20°;. Whetting Angle, 25°
Grinding Device Grinding Device
Holder for Grinding Chisels or Plane-Bits Holder for Grinding Chisels or Plane-Bits

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Finely grinding coffee beans and boiling them in water is still known as "Turkish Coffee." It is still made this way today in Turkey and Greece or anywhere else Turkish Coffee is served.
    • a. & n Grinding from Grind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Nearly 400 cocoa beans are required to make a pound of chocolate liquor, the semi-liquid mass produced by grinding the beans. A non-alcoholic substance, chocolate liquor is the basis of all chocolate and cocoa products.
    • n grinding The act of one who grinds; the action of a mill that grinds corn; a crushing or grating sound; gnashing, as of teeth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The coffee filter was invented in 1908 by a German homemaker, Melitta Benz, when she lined a tin cup with blotter paper to filter the coffee grinds.
    • Grinding act or process of reducing to powder
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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.”
  • Thomas L. Holdcroft
    Thomas L. Holdcroft
    “Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When life seems just a dreary grind; and things seem fated to annoy; say something nice to someone else and watch the world light up with joy.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Society is always trying in some way to grind us down to a single flat surface.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There is no way to success in art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and every day.”
  • Emily Bronte
    “The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him, they crush those beneath them.”


Axe to grind - If you have an axe to grind with someone or about something, you have a grievance, a resentment and you want to get revenge or sort it out. In American English, it is 'ax'.
Grinds my gear - Something that is very annoying grinds your gear.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grindan.


In literature:

The mill had already been grinding away for two years.
"New National Fourth Reader" by Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
There are twelve sets of stones in the grinding-room in constant operation day and night.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 72, October, 1863" by Various
The Winged Hats will grind us to this!
"Puck of Pook's Hill" by Rudyard Kipling
They haue the finest order and way to grinde that wee euer sawe in any place.
"Great Epochs in American History, Volume I." by Various
So terribly did the teeth crunch and grind together that it seemed they must crash into fragments.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
This, the messengers stated, was all that the women would grind for us.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
Guile can be employed on one; Single mill-stone doth not grind!
"The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge" by Unknown
For the angels of God were grinding for Saint Kyaranus, unseen of men.
"The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran" by Anonymous
My wife tells me there is no more bread in the house; I want to bake, but am too lazy to grind.
"More Translations from the Chinese" by Various
The sudden grinding of the brake recalled Brandon to his senses.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell

In poetry:

Is it nothing for us to idly sleep
While the cohorts of death their vigils keep?
To gather the young and thoughtless in,
And grind in our midst a grist of sin?
"Nothing and Something" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
A beetling baldbright cloud thorough England
Riding: there did stores not mingle? and
Hailropes hustle and grind their
Heavengravel? wolfsnow, worlds of it, wind there?
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The mills are grinding slowly, slowly on,
And till the very chaff itself is gone;
Our cries for justice louder,
'Till oppression's ground to powder—
God speed the day of retribution on!
"The Black Sampson" by Josephine Delphine Henderson Heard
My joy and sorrow, my love
My grinding repose hovers--all poised,
But again the clarion-call,
I don't know where I am,
I opened my eyes to see
And I saw the man sizzling in the blazing sun.
"I Saw the Man" by Arun Mitra
The millwheels of heaven grind slowly but sure,
To purge all the wicked of all that's impure;
While "Right must prevail" we shall win in the fray,
The God of our fathers our hope and our stay.
"Hail to Lochiel And Lovat" by Angus Cameron Robertson
Poor Pegasus! to turn the Mill,
And grind, and pull the plough until
The work his withers wrings!
Why not? 'tis he should do it best,
And tread his measure easiest,
Or where's the use of wings?
"Pegasus In Harness" by Gerald Massey

In news:

Hollis blade ready for grinding.
But you can grind whole hazelnuts yourself in a food processor.
Place hazelnuts and sugar in food processor and run machine for 30 seconds to grind finely.
DJ Khaled is not going to let a tour bus fire stop his grind.
For a novel set in a small town that's a "wacko hellhole ," home to a ragtag fundamentalist Mormon cult and oozing greed, racism and grinding poverty, The Bird Saviors has a surprisingly soft heart.
It's back to the old grind, folks, as your reporter returns from a month off from the keyboard.
Spain's grinding economic misery will get worse this year, despite the country's request for a European financial lifeline of up to €100 billion ($125 billion) to save its banks, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday.
Blair grinds out a victory over Hun in meeting of state's top two prep squads.
The Daily Grind at 18,000 Feet Around 5:00 am tent zippers can be heard unzipping, the kerosene burners start hissing, and Zoilo begins his day-long vigil melting ice and snow for water.
Wenzel offers a safer, sensor-based technology for use with its gear measuring machines that quickly detects grinding burn and other imperfections on the surface of ground gears and related components.
The Holroyd Zenith 400 has the capability to grind some of the largest rotors in the industry.
In day 5 of our Life Balance series, we urge high achievers — whose journey to excellence can be filled with reward, hard work, and quite a bit of stress — to take time outside of the grind to process and evaluate their process and progress.
Real Chefs Grind It With A Mortar And Pestle .
As Hurricane Sandy threatens to flood the city and the last subway (to say nothing of normal life itself) grinds to a temporary halt, some news outlets have decided to remove their articles from behind paywalls.
EDMOND — Red Oak senior Dylan Fazekas had to just grind his way through.

In science:

After the first test, the cavity was disassembled, and grinding was done to remove a suspicious area on the shorting plate.
Niobium Quarter-Wave Resonator Development for The Rare Isotope Accelerator
After grinding, the powder, pellets were made and given a heat treatment of 12500C.
Changeover from Glassy ferromagnetism of the orbital domain state to long range ferromagnetic ordering in La{_{0.9}}Sr_{0.1}MnO{_3}
The observed large mid-infrared excesses are therefore expected to be related to the end of the planet building phase rather than to the dust produced by the collisional grinding of an evolved planetary system, similar to the zodiacal dust in our solar system.
A near-infrared interferometric survey of debris disc stars. II. CHARA/FLUOR observations of six early-type dwarfs
The cross-sectional specimens were thinned by mechanical grinding and ion milling using a PIPS system.
Perpendicular anisotropy of ultrathin epitaxial cobalt films on graphene
In effect, an investigation guided by the compression principle must make clear, quantifiable progress, or grind to a complete halt.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision