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grinding    : [gr'ɑɪndɪŋ]
Grind \Grind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ground}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Grinding}.] [AS. grindan; perh. akin to L. frendere to
gnash, grind. Cf. {Grist}.]
1. To reduce to powder by friction, as in a mill, or with the
teeth; to crush into small fragments; to produce as by the
action of millstones.
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Take the millstones, and grind meal. --Is. xivii.
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2. To wear down, polish, or sharpen, by friction; to make
smooth, sharp, or pointed; to whet, as a knife or drill;
to rub against one another, as teeth, etc.
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3. To oppress by severe exactions; to harass.
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To grind the subject or defraud the prince.
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4. To study hard for examination; -- commonly used with away;
as, to grind away at one's studies. [College Slang]
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Grinding \Grind"ing\, a. & n.
from Grind.
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{Grinding frame}, an English name for a cotton spinning

{Grinding mill}.
(a) A mill for grinding grain.
(b) A lapidary's lathe.
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n 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
or wind or ice [synonym: {grinding}, {abrasion}, {attrition},

151 Moby Thesaurus words for "grinding":
ablation, ablative, abradant, abrasion, abrasive, absolute,
absolutist, absolutistic, application, arbitrary, aristocratic,
arrogant, atomization, attrition, attritive, authoritarian,
authoritative, autocratic, beating, boning, bossy, brainwork,
brecciation, buffing, burdensome, burnishing, chafe, chafing,
comminution, conning, contemplation, cram, cramming, crumbling,
crushing, despotic, detrition, dictatorial, disintegration,
domineering, dressing, drill, drudging, engrossment, erasure,
erosion, erosive, exercise, exhausting, extensive study, feudal,
filing, fragmentation, fretting, galling, gnawing, granulation,
granulization, grating, grazing, grind, grubbing, hardworking,
harsh, headwork, heavy, high-handed, imperative, imperial,
imperious, inspection, irritant, irritating, irritative, jangling,
jangly, jarring, laboring, levigation, limation, lordly,
lucubration, magisterial, magistral, mashing, masterful,
mental labor, monocratic, onerous, oppressive, overbearing,
overburdensome, overruling, pegging, peremptory, perusal, plodding,
plugging, polishing, pounding, powdering, practice, rasping, raspy,
reading, repressive, restudy, restudying, review, rubbing away,
sandblasting, sanding, scouring, scrape, scraping, scrapy, scratch,
scratching, scratchy, scrub, scrubbing, scuff, severe, shining,
shredding, slaving, slogging, smashing, smoothing, stinging,
straining, strict, striving, struggling, study, studying, subject,
suppressive, sweating, swotting, toiling, trituration, tyrannical,
tyrannous, wear, wearing, wearing away, wearying, weighty,
wide reading, working

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