Definitions

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  • v. To rub (usually with or between the hands); bruise; crush; pound; break in pieces; rub out.
  • v. To crumble away.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To rub; to bruise; to break in pieces.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rub; bruise; pound; break in pieces.

Etymologies

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From Middle English gniden, from Old English gnīdan ("to rub, grind together, crumble"), from Proto-Germanic *gnīdanan (“to rub”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰneidʰ-, *gʰneid- (“to gnaw, chew, scratch, rub”). Cognate with Danish gnide ("to rub"), Swedish gnida ("to rub, scrape"), Icelandic gníða ("to rub").

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