1. material resulting from the process of grinding (Freq. 1)

vegetable grindings clogged the drain

Derivationally related forms: ↑grind
Hypernyms: ↑atom, ↑molecule, ↑particle, ↑corpuscle, ↑mote, ↑speck
2. a harsh and strident sound (as of the grinding of gears) (Freq. 1)
Derivationally related forms: ↑grind
Hypernyms: ↑noise
3. the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
Syn: ↑abrasion, ↑attrition, ↑detrition
Derivationally related forms: ↑attritional (for: ↑attrition), ↑abrade (for: ↑abrasion), ↑grind
Hypernyms: ↑friction, ↑rubbing

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