From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgrindgrind1 /ɡraɪnd/ ●○○ verb (past tense and past participle ground /ɡraʊnd/) 1 into small pieces [transitive] a) (also grind up)SQUASH to break something such as corn or coffee beans into small pieces or powder, either in a machine or between two hard surfaces freshly ground pepper b) American EnglishDFCCUT to cut food, especially raw meat, into very small pieces by putting it through a machine syn mince British English ground beef2 smooth/sharp [transitive]TFLATSHARP to make something smooth or sharp by rubbing it on a hard surface or by using a machine a stone for grinding knives and scissors The lenses are ground to a high standard of precision.3 press a) [transitive always + adverb/preposition]SQUASH to press something onto a surface and rub it with a strong twisting movementgrind something into something He dropped a cigar butt and ground it into the carpet with his heel. He ground out his cigarette on the window ledge. b) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to press hard against somethinggrind against/together as these plates (=large areas of land) grind against each other4 → grind your teeth5 → grind to a halt6 perform a movement to perform a special movement in skateboarding or rollerblading, which involves moving sideways along the edge of something, so that the bar connecting the wheels of the skateboard or rollerblade presses hard against the edge → have an axe to grind at axe1(4) → grind somebody ↔ down → grind on → grind something ↔ out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusgrind• I ground my teeth as I watched her crawl back into the machinery.• The seas powdering our bones like quartz, making sand, grinding our peace for us by the aeon.• Geological features ground out by ancient glaciers are seen overlaid by the scars of recent wind erosion.• Grind some black pepper over the salad.• A bit more than a year since his election, Netanyahu has succeeded in grinding the peace process to a halt.• But low hydrogen yields and poisoned catalysts soon had these systems grinding to a halt.• But when they're to be ground up for fish meal it makes no difference.• Could you grind up some coffee for me?• These huge stones were once used for grinding wheat into flour.freshly ground• Salt and freshly ground black pepper. 1/4 lemon, very finely chopped.• Add a pinch of salt and season generously with freshly ground black pepper.• Add coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.• Add the fresh thyme, stirring to combine, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.• Place freshly ground coffee in cereal bowls inside the refrigerator for several days.• Here was also a coffee machine in which we ground the beans when a customer wanted freshly ground coffee.ground out ... cigarette• He ground out his cigarette and glared at Litchfield.• He ground out the cigarette and watched her, the burning need in him too fierce to ignore.• Coolly Adam ground out his cigarette on the hearth.