American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A revolving stone disk used for grinding, polishing, or sharpening tools.
- n. A millstone.
- idiom. keep (one's) nose to the grindstone To work hard and steadily.
- idiom. put (one's) nose to the grindstone To work in earnest.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 1. A stone used in grinding corn; a millstone.
- n. A mill for grinding corn.
- n. A solid wheel of stone mounted on a spindle and turned by a winch-handle, by a treadle, or by machinery, used for grinding, sharpening, or polishing. The stone generally used for this purpose is a fine kind of sandstone found in England, Germany, Nova Scotia, and Arkansas, and at Berea in Ohio. Artificial grindstones are made of sand, corundum, emery, or some other abradant, and a cement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A flat, circular stone, revolving on an axle, for grinding or sharpening tools, or shaping or smoothing objects.
- n. a revolving stone shaped like a disk; used to grind or sharpen or polish edge tools
“ChangeWave keeps its nose to a shorter-term grindstone -- he called the category's ability to grow in the face of a serious economic downturn "astounding.”
“While Carton declined to comment on smartphones 'long-range prospects -- ChangeWave keeps its nose to a shorter-term grindstone -- he called the category's ability to grow in the face of a serious economic downturn "astounding.”
“The grindstone was the kind that operated with a pedal, but the pedal had a tendency to stick.”
“Juventus director Alessio Secco has told the squad that putting their noses to the grindstone will be a quick fix solution to their problems.”
“I think it's a little pompous on your part to judge whether or not strangers at Starbuck's are using Macs to be productive, and your suggestion that all the PC users in Starbucks constantly have their noses to the grindstone is a little laughable.”
“This is nothing more than a brainwashing movement supported and funded by corporate titans and bankers to keep employees happily working at the "grindstone" while filling the coffers of the elite.”
“We have seen how in those primitive days the earth was spinning around very rapidly; and I have also stated that the earth might at this very critical epoch of its history be compared with a grindstone which is being driven so rapidly that it is on the very brink of rupture.”
“Then if someone invented a new kind of grindstone to grind tools and blades in a quarter of the time, what would they do?”
“Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder will start airing his "grindstone" campaign ad Wednesday after voters selected the spot in an unusual online contest.”
“But it would also mean leaving poor Tommy at the grindstone, which is hard. ”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘grindstone’.
All the scientific words found in the official EU nomenclature. For the screening I used Vocabgrabber of the Visual Thesaurus.
includes words of the "Prodcom list"
A list of provincial English words that appear in Francis Grose's A Provincial Glossary, with a Collection of Local Proverbs and Popular Superstitions. London, MDCCLXXXVII. Printed for S. Hooper, N...
Don't tell them they are not real--they might cry.
Looking for tweets for grindstone.