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Adjective
Harsh or grating to the ears, especially of a grinding noise or sound
“The groan of the grinding hinges seeming as loud as a ghostly moan in the silent kitchen.”
Adjective
Harsh or oppressive in nature
“Problem-solving of this sort suited his cast of mind, but it was grinding work.”
Adjective
Seemingly neverending, especially of something difficult or challenging
“He knew his difficulties were nothing compared to those early privations in the South in those grinding days of upheaval.”
Adjective
Requiring, or involving, great mental or physical effort
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Unpleasantly rough or jarring to see or look at
Adjective
Scraping or wearing
Adjective
Hard-working, diligent or regular (in attendance or work)
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Noun
A harsh or grating noise, or an act that causes this
Noun
The process of chewing
Noun
The resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another
Noun
Pulverisation or pulverization
Verb
Present participle for to crush into fine particles
“As you grind the herbs in your mortar and pestle, and then mix them with the oils, focus on the goal you desire.”
Verb
Present participle for to crush into a soft, wet, shapeless, and pulpy mass
“Put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and grind them into a sauce.”
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Present participle for to cause to become sharp or sharper
“He used a stone to grind the blade until it had a silvery edge to it.”
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Present participle for to smooth by rubbing or applying friction
“If we grind and polish a surface of mother-of-pearl obliquely to the strata of which it is composed, we shall find it impossible to produce a perfectly flat surface.”
Verb
Present participle for to rub or scrape through the application of friction
“Heavy pressure causes the stone to grind the surface of the instrument more quickly and may shorten the instrument's life unnecessarily.”
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Present participle for to rub, or cause to rub, together gratingly
“Where these plates meet, they grind together, creating earthquakes.”
Verb
Present participle for to exert effort or labor on a task
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“He was a civil servants' delight, dealing easily with a mass of papers where other men would have had to grind through them laboriously.”
Verb
Present participle for to move or proceed awkwardly or with much difficulty
“Three-wheeled beach vans selling everything from cigarettes to cakes grind their way through the sand.”
Verb
Present participle for to cause to be troubled or perturbed
“Though his disability checks would provide him enough money to survive, the inactivity and dependency really began to grind on Marlon.”
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Present participle for to engage in carnal activity
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Present participle for to masticate (food, or the cud)
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Present participle for to chop or cut into very small pieces
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Present participle for to grind or grate with an audible noise
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Present participle for to persevere or continue with a task or stance despite it being menial, difficult, or boring
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Present participle for to have an unpleasant or disturbing effect
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Present participle for to acquire new information or skill
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Present participle for to work diligently by artificial light
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Present participle for to simulate sexual intercourse without the genitalia directly touching, i
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Present participle for to remain in existence, or in the same state, indefinitely or for an extended period
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Present participle for to quiver or vibrate due to being shaken or struck
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Present participle for to strike or collide with a loud noise
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