AskDefine | Define grinding

Dictionary Definition



1 matter 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 [syn: abrasion, attrition, detrition]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of grind


  1. The action of grinding or crushing into small particles.
  2. A form of dance in which the man and woman rub their bodies together.


The action of grinding or crushing into small particles
A form of dance


  1. Of or pertaining to the act or sound of grinding.
    The meeting came to a grinding halt when the two sides could not agree.

Extensive Definition

The grind of a sharp edge is its shape in cross-section, including the curvature of the two surfaces that make the edge and the angle between them.
Grind may also mean:

See also

grinding in German: Schleifen

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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