grinding Definition

  • 1reducing something to small particles or powder by crushing it
  • 2rubbing something against a hard surface, typically to sharpen or polish it
  • 3working hard at something for a long time, especially something that is boring or repetitive

Using grinding: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "grinding" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sound of the grinding machine filled the factory.

  • Example

    He was grinding his teeth in his sleep.

  • Example

    She spent hours grinding away at her homework.

  • Example

    He's been grinding out a living as a freelance writer for years.

grinding Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for grinding

Phrases with grinding

  • to gradually slow down and stop


    The traffic ground to a halt as soon as the accident happened.

  • grind one's gears

    to cause someone to feel annoyed or frustrated


    It really grinds my gears when people don't clean up after themselves.

  • to work hard and steadily


    If you want to succeed in this business, you need to keep your nose to the grindstone.


Summary: grinding in Brief

The adjective 'grinding' [ˈɡraɪndɪŋ] refers to reducing something to small particles or powder, rubbing something against a hard surface, or working hard at something for a long time. It can describe the sound of a grinding machine or a person grinding their teeth. Phrases like 'grind to a halt' and 'keep one's nose to the grindstone' add idiomatic flavor to the term.

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