from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An abrasive wheel for sharpening, polishing or grinding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flat, circular stone, revolving on an axle, for grinding or sharpening tools, or shaping or smoothing objects.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a revolving stone shaped like a disk; used to grind or sharpen or polish edge tools


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  • A Scottish man and a Newcastle grindstone travel all the world over. -- An old saying from Northumberland recorded by Grose in his 1787 A Provincial Glossary.

    "A commendable spirit of enterprise and industry industry induces the natives of Scotland to seek their fortunes in all climates and kingdoms under the sun, and Newcastle grindstones, being the best of their kind, are therefore known and carried every where, far and near".

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