Definition of grinder in English:


Line breaks: grind¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈgrʌɪndə


  • 1A machine used for grinding something: a coffee grinder
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    • Hand grinders or spice mills range from $15 to $60 and can be purchased at most culinary stores.
    • The company recently unveiled a state-of-the-art assembly plant in which to assemble stainless steel pumps, grinders and other major equipment.
    • Tip them into an electric grinder - or use a mortar and pestle - and grind until coarse.
  • 1.1A person employed to grind cutlery, tools, or cereals.
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    • But one day on the job as a tool grinder in January 1993 he suffered an aneurysm.
    • The craft based nature of this industry, which relied upon quasi-autonomous cutlers and grinders to complete ‘put-out’ work, is reflected in the often humble physical form of the buildings that were used.
    • He now considered more complex systems and employed Christopher Tooke as a lens grinder from early 1605.
  • 2A molar tooth.
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    • It was a quadruped, gramnivorous, with 40 teeth, namely 24 grinders, 4 eye teeth and 12 incisive.
    • In Philadelphia, Dr. Caspar Wistar, the nation's foremost anatomist, showed Lewis the animal's giant grinders.
  • 3US informal another name for hoagie.
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    • Is it a sub, a hero, a hoagie, a grinder, a foot-long or a po'boy?
    • A huge, mouthwatering grinder stared back at me, adorned with lettuce and tomato and pickles and everything else I loved.
    • Choose from one of our delicious grinder sandwiches.

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