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Noun: grinding  grIn-ding
  1. Material resulting from the process of grinding
    "vegetable grindings clogged the drain"
  2. A harsh and strident sound (as of the grinding of gears)
  3. The wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water, wind or ice
    - abrasion, attrition, detrition
Adjective: grinding  grIn-ding
  1. Crushing and oppressive
    "grinding poverty"
Verb: grind (ground)  grInd
  1. Reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
    "grind the spices in a mortar";
    - mash, crunch, bray [archaic], comminute [rare]
  2. Press or grind with a crushing noise
    - crunch, cranch, craunch, scrunch
  3. Make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
    "grind one's teeth in anger";
    - grate
  4. Create by grinding
    "grind designs into the glass bowl"
  5. Shape or form by grinding
    "grind lenses for glasses and cameras"
  6. [informal] Work hard
    "Lexicographers grind all day long";
    - labor [US], labour [Brit, Cdn], toil, fag [informal], travail [literary], drudge, dig [US, informal], moil [N. Amer]
  7. [informal] 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

Derived forms: grindings

Type of: atom, break up, corpuscle, create, dance, do work, forge, form, fragment, fragmentise [Brit], fragmentize, friction, make, mold [N. Amer], molecule, mote, mould [Brit, Cdn], noise, particle, press, rubbing, shape, speck, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, work

Encyclopedia: Grinding