Meaning of grinding in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡrʌɪndɪŋ/

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  • 1(of a difficult situation) oppressive and seemingly without end.

    ‘grinding poverty’
    • ‘At first glance, bi-nationalism seems to offer an attractive exit from the grinding impasse of the current conflict.’
    • ‘More than 50 percent of Peru's population lives under conditions of grinding poverty.’
    • ‘Although he had almost no formal education and was dogged by grinding poverty all his life, Blake managed to create a type of original language that influences English to this day.’
    • ‘Critics of marriage agencies say they exploit the grinding poverty of women in developing countries, offering dreams of a new life in the West that often turn sour.’
    • ‘And even in the capital city, signs of grinding poverty appear to contradict plaudits to the great leader.’
    • ‘In more recent times, grinding poverty forced villagers to marry off their daughters at a young age because society dictated the girls were a financial burden.’
    • ‘The book also reveals the grinding poverty of the day.’
    • ‘They don't know about the ongoing insecurity, or the grinding poverty and unemployment.’
    • ‘Access to clean water can be the key to climbing out of grinding poverty.’
    • ‘He highlights the grinding poverty and harvesting problems which still afflict the population.’
    • ‘There had been bad times before but nothing to compare with this grinding poverty.’
    • ‘And if they can't sell their stock, there are a lot of workers who may not have jobs and have to return to the grinding poverty of life in an agricultural village.’
    • ‘I am struck by the grinding abject poverty I have seen.’
    • ‘The majority of immigrants are from North Africa, especially Morocco, and are seeking escape from the grinding poverty in that country.’
    • ‘Selling drugs, as an alternative to enduring grinding poverty, has been a common enough response as the income gap has widened.’
    • ‘Both stories capture the hopelessness and desperation of grinding poverty, but in very different ways.’
    • ‘The vision of grinding poverty, crime, and corruption that it presents is unrelentingly grim.’
    • ‘So the public's information inputs will tend to continue a perception of grinding, inertial failure.’
    • ‘In this exceptionally picturesque region, beauty and grinding toil continue to coexist, very much as described in John Steinbeck's novels, notably The Grapes of Wrath.’
    • ‘It takes around two or three generations of sweatshops to go from the ancient pattern of peasant subsistence farming, with its characteristic grinding toil for women to where the country is now.’
    overwhelming, overpowering, hard to bear, unbearable, burdensome, unendurable, intolerable, heavy
  • 2(of a sound or movement) harsh and grating.

    ‘the grinding roar of the lorries’
    • ‘Almost instantly after the name was spoken, a slight grinding noise sounded… and then that familiar computerized voice.’
    • ‘The keys made a metallic grinding sound as Kim poked and turned them in the keyhole.’
    • ‘A horrible grinding sound came from somewhere above their heads, and a spray of smelly oil came down on top of them.’
    • ‘Iron wheels made a squeaking, grinding noise. Anna squeezed my hand.’
    • ‘‘I heard screams and then there was this terrible grinding sound,’ he said.’
    • ‘Then there was a grinding sound and the craft hit the beach.’
    • ‘The grinding sound you hear is of a train hitting the buffers.’
    • ‘The joint often makes a grinding sound as it no longer rides smoothly over the knee.’
    • ‘She heard a grinding sound and suddenly, the lights went on.’
    • ‘The night air is filled with a rhythmic series of explosions in quick succession like an immense grinding noise: apparently it's the sound of cluster bombs.’
    • ‘There was a grinding sound from the van, and then the engine caught.’
    • ‘Then came a grinding sound as the rusty gears began to move.’
    • ‘As we began to drive away, we heard a constant grinding sound from the rear of the truck.’
    • ‘It was a high-pitched squeal coming from the rear, as well as grinding noises.’
    • ‘I stopped a few cars ahead and as I reversed I heard this grinding noise, which I thought was the gears but in fact I was scraping the side of the parked cars.’
    • ‘And you know how, when the battery's flat, your car makes a dispiriting grinding noise as you try starting it?’
    • ‘Staying at my parents' house last weekend, I was putting the children to bed when we all heard a loud grinding noise outside.’
    • ‘The engine died as he pulled into the spot and the transmission made a horrible, grinding noise as he shifted into park.’
    • ‘She swiped her ID card in the reader and the doors slid open with a loud grinding noise.’
    • ‘It features a grinding bassline that's perfectly suited to the subject matter and video - which features plenty of pole-sliding action and a cameo from Janet Jackson.’
    grating, jarring, grinding, rasping, raspy, strident, raucous, brassy, jangling, metallic, ear-piercing, discordant, dissonant, disagreeable, unharmonious, cacophonous, unmelodious


mass noun
  • 1The reduction of something to small particles or powder by crushing it.

    ‘the roasting and grinding of grain, usually barley, for use in brewing’
    • ‘crush it and add it to the honey with a grinding of pepper and salt’
    • ‘Combine the mince with half a teaspoon of salt and a generous grinding of black pepper in a large bowl.’
    • ‘Add a good grinding of black pepper over the spaghetti and serve at once.’
    • ‘The machine offers commercial-grade grinding of coffee beans via solid steel burrs.’
    • ‘This terracotta grinder will make grinding of wasted pottery items faster than the traditional mortar and pestle.’
    • ‘Mills were built for the grinding of corn.’
    • ‘We watched and listened to the very knowledgeable staff explain the grinding of corn to make flour which was turned into the most wonderful biscuits.’
    • ‘Simply vary the degree of grinding of the ground coffee and the brewing time to your taste.’
    • ‘The higher speed will result in incomplete grinding of the pulp.’
    • ‘ There will be no grinding of almonds to replace cow's milk under my watch.’
    • ‘Beetroot powder is obtained after milling or grinding of the dried beet.’
  • 2The action of rubbing things together gratingly.

    ‘it's a question that has caused much grinding of teeth among scientists and medics over the last 50 years’
    • ‘With a momentous grinding of gears, the whole back wall of the stage slowly rises.’
    • ‘You have swelling associated with the creaking, squeaking, or grinding of your joints.’
    • ‘He talks about hell as the place where there is weeping and wailing and grinding of teeth.’
    • ‘You can see how fast the skates are, feel the wind and hear the grinding of the skates.’
    • ‘You can hear the grinding of steel on a boat nearby as painters prep for painting.’
    • ‘You could hear the shrill grinding of the key-making machine.’
    • ‘He bonds with his sons over the grinding of metal and the glow of a welder.’
    • ‘We've become so accustomed to the raucous clatter, sputter and grinding of combustion engines, we hardly even notice the sounds until they're gone.’
    • ‘Wear is an increasingly common problem mainly due to acid erosion and grinding of teeth.’
    • ‘If there's metal-to-metal grinding of the pad's metal backing rubbing against the rotor, it will probably require replacement.’


    a grinding halt
    • A situation in which something gradually slows down or loses momentum and then stops altogether.

      ‘the city's dramatic growth came to a grinding halt when the financial industry went into freefall’
      • ‘the scandal brought her Hollywood career to a grinding halt’
      • ‘My social life has come to a grinding halt.’
      • ‘In the playoffs things come to a grinding halt and the season ends abruptly.’
      • ‘The entire production was brought to a grinding halt and put on hiatus when they discovered that the script didn't work.’
      • ‘Negotiations had come to a grinding halt.’
      • ‘A career that showed such promise has slowly come to a grinding halt.’
      • ‘His plans for reconstruction and industrialization came to a grinding halt.’
      • ‘The economies of these heavily populated areas will essentially come to a grinding halt while we wait for the storm to pass.’
      • ‘A huge Internet blackout would bring almost every electronic activity to a grinding halt.’
      • ‘Ticket sales have come to a grinding halt.’
      • ‘Strikes brought parts of the country to a grinding halt.’