from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Grain or a quantity of grain for grinding.
- n. Ground grain.
- idiom (one's) Something that can be used to advantage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. grain that is to be ground in a mill
- n. a group of bees
- n. supply; provision
- n. A given size of rope, common grist being a rope three inches in circumference, with twenty yarns in each of the three strands.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Ground corn; that which is ground at one time; as much grain as is carried to the mill at one time, or the meal it produces.
- n. Supply; provision.
- n. In rope making, a given size of rope, common grist being a rope three inches in circumference, with twenty yarns in each of the three strands.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 1. A grinding: in the quotation used of the gnashing of the teeth.
- n. That which is ground; corn to be ground; grain carried to the mill to be ground separately for its owner.
- n. The amount ground at one time; the grain carried to the mill for grinding at one time.
- n. Hence Material for an occasion; a supply or provision.
- n. Material for one brewing. See the extract.
- n. A given size of rope or yarn, as determined by the amount of material. The common grist of rope is a circumference of 3 inches, with 20 yarns in each of the 3 strands.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. grain intended to be or that has been ground
Middle English, from Old English grīst; see ghrendh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English grist, gryst, from Old English grist, gyrst ("the action of grinding, corn for grinding, gnashing"), from a derivative of Proto-Germanic *gredanan (“to crunch”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrēu- (“to rub, grind”). Cognate with Old Saxon gristgrimmo ("gnashing of the teeth"), German Griesgram ("a grumbler, a grouch, peevishness, misery"), Old English gristel ("gristle"). More at gristle. (Wiktionary)