grindstone

Definitions

  • Power Grindstone
    Power Grindstone
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grindstone a revolving stone shaped like a disk; used to grind or sharpen or polish edge tools
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Grindstone A flat, circular stone, revolving on an axle, for grinding or sharpening tools, or shaping or smoothing objects. "They might be ashamed, for lack of courage, to suffer the Lacedæmonians to hold their noses to the grindstone ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grindstone A stone used in grinding corn; a millstone.
    • n grindstone A mill for grinding corn.
    • n grindstone A solid wheel of stone mounted on a spindle and turned by a winch-handle, by a treadle, or by machinery, used for grinding, sharpening, or polishing. The stone generally used for this purpose is a fine kind of sandstone found in England, Germany, Nova Scotia, and Arkansas, and at Berea in Ohio. Artificial grindstones are made of sand, corundum, emery, or some other abradant, and a cement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Grindstone a circular revolving stone for grinding or sharpening tools
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Quotations

  • Thomas L. Holdcroft
    Thomas L. Holdcroft
    “Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “A grindstone that had not grit in it, how long would it take to sharpen an ax? And affairs that had not grit in them, how long would they take to make a man?”

Idioms

Keep your nose to the grindstone - If you keep your nose to the grindstone, you work hard and seriously.
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

In one corner stood a grindstone operated by a treadle.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
What, after all, was it that kept my nose to the grindstone?
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
Minerals; immense bodies of limestone, grindstone quarries, iron ore and coal.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
It was only his fondness for the work itself that kept his nose so constantly to the grindstone.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
Grindstones and two French millstones were brought along with 22,500 nails, an anvil and two sieves for making gunpowder.
"Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century" by Annie Lash Jester
The beans are then surface-cleaned by passing them gently between two very primitive grindstones worked by men.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
By the mechanical method the wood is pressed against a large grindstone which revolves at a high speed.
"Makers of Many Things" by Eva March Tappan
There is, in fact, one marked circumstance which is remarkably difficult of explanation by means of the grindstone theory.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
At a grindstone a tall, thin boy was sharpening a sickle.
"Dave Porter and the Runaways" by Edward Stratemeyer
We'll aim at a leg of that grindstone.
"The Young Surveyor;" by J. T. Trowbridge
There was not much room in the canoe, for bags of flour occupied the bottom and a grindstone and small forge were awkward things to stow.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Grindstone, Bob turning the, 613.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
He ought to have been the moneyed man, and I the one obliged to keep to the grindstone, perhaps.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 29, May 1893" by Various
Those noses are usually so close to the grindstone that men are afraid to raise their heads.
"The Junkmakers" by Albert R. Teichner
I see that I shall have to cut out all idea of amusements and pleasure and put my nose to the grindstone.
"The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories" by Charles Weathers Bump
Just then Charley, who had crept under the grindstone, cried, 'Oh, Dick, don't leave me!
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
I haven't touched the grindstone for a week at least.
"Under Padlock and Seal" by Charles Harold Avery
By naow p'raps ther hull woods ahind us mout be aflame; so by turnin' back, we'd jest be puttin' aour noses tew ther grindstone.
"The Boy Scouts in the Maine Woods" by Herbert Carter
He deemed that the proper time had arrived for putting his personal ax upon the whirling grindstone.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
On one side was a grindstone and a carpenter's bench.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
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In poetry:

The Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade—
Each working the grindstone in turn:
But the Beaver went on making lace, and displayed
No interest in the concern:
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
The Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade—
Each working the grindstone in turn:
But the Beaver went on making lace, and displayed
No interest in the concern:
"Fit The Fourth - The Hunting" by Lewis Carroll
We the West-Saxons,
Long as the daylight
Lasted, in companies
Troubled the track of the host that we hated;
Grimly with swords that were sharp from the grindstone
Fiercely we hack'd at the flyers before us.
"Battle Of Brunanburgh" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
But hence this joyless theme, and let me seek
The fields once more;-- hark! at yon cottage door
The sickle harsh upon the grindstone grates,
Which, merrily, most uncouth music makes,
Drowning the song of him who whirls it round.
"British Georgics. August" by James Grahame
That night the Jolly Miller, says he, "It's Wifey dear,
That cat o' yourn, I'd kill her!--her actions is so queer,--
She rubbin' 'ginst the grindstone-legs,
And yowlin' at the sky--
And I 'low the moon haint greener
Than the yaller of her eye!"
"The Jolly Miller" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Grindstone , Lionsgate Take Glenn Withrow's Directorial Debut 'The Mooring.
Lionsgate Reups Grindstone /Emmett Furla Film Slate Deal.
Nose to the grindstone .
Back to the Grindstone .
Back to the grindstone .
China's peasants opt for urban grindstone .
COLUMBIA — MFA Oil Co. Has withdrawn its request to rezone land for a Break Time convenience store at Rock Quarry Road and Grindstone Parkway.
Grindstone, Lionsgate Take Glenn Withrow's Directorial Debut 'The Mooring .
Grindstone, Lionsgate on ' Motorway '.
COLUMBIA – Those in favor of keeping the Grindstone trail project got a boost from the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission Wednesday night.
Remnants of grindstones endure today.
Sutu Forte speaks up during a public hearing regarding the proposed Grindstone Trail on Wednesday at a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting at the Activity and Recreation Center.
With nose to the grindstone, Jamison smells opportunity with Texans.
Fact is, it's been a hell of a work week, nose to the grindstone, all that.
In a 4-3 vote, the parks commissioners recommended keeping the $1.4 million in parks sales tax money in place to build the trail connecting the Grindstone Nature Area with Maguire Boulevard.
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