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1. A revolving stone disk used for grinding, polishing, or sharpening tools.
2. A millstone.
have/keep (one's) nose to the grindstone
To work hard and steadily.
put (one's) nose to the grindstone
To work in earnest.


1. (Tools)
a. a machine having a circular block of stone or composite abrasive rotated for sharpening tools or grinding metal
b. the stone used in this machine
c. any stone used for sharpening; whetstone
2. (Tools) another name for millstone
3. keep one's nose to the grindstone have one's nose to the grindstone to work hard and perseveringly



1. a rotating solid stone wheel used for sharpening, shaping, etc.
2. a millstone.
keep or put one's nose to the grindstone, to work, study, or practice hard and steadily.


1. A flat circular stone generally about two inches thick and twenty inches in diameter made of naturally occurring sandstone. It could be mounted in a frame and rotated to sharpen bladed tools such as axes and scythes. The sandstone used commercially was carefully chosen to have the right grit and a minimum of hard spots that would cause the stone to wear unevenly.
2. Like the one just described and an axle mounted on a frame and fitted with a handle and/or a foot treadle to rotate the stone.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Grindstone - a revolving stone shaped like a diskgrindstone - a revolving stone shaped like a disk; used to grind or sharpen or polish edge tools
sharpener - any implement that is used to make something (an edge or a point) sharper; "a knife sharpener"
stone - building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose; "he wanted a special stone to mark the site"
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[ˈgraɪndstəʊn] Nmuela f
to keep one's nose to the grindstonebatir el yunque


[ˈgraɪndstəʊn] n
to keep one's nose to the grindstone → travailler sans relâche


n to keep one’s nose to the grindstonehart arbeiten; to keep somebody’s nose to the grindstonejdn hart arbeiten lassen; back to the grindstonewieder in die Tretmühle (hum)


[ˈgraɪndˌstəʊn] n to keep one's nose to the grindstonedarci sotto or dentro


(graind) past tense, past participle ground (graund) verb
1. to crush into powder or small pieces. This machine grinds coffee.
2. to rub together, usually producing an unpleasant noise. He grinds his teeth.
3. to rub into or against something else. He ground his heel into the earth.
boring hard work. Learning vocabulary is a bit of a grind.
ˈgrinder noun
a person or machine that grinds. a coffee-grinder.
ˈgrinding adjective
1. with a sound of grinding. The train came to a grinding stop.
2. severe. grinding poverty.
ˈgrindstone noun
a wheel-shaped stone against which knives are sharpened as it turns.
grind down
to crush. She was ground down by poverty.
grind up
to grind into powder or small pieces. This machine grinds up rocks.
keep (some)one's nose to the grindstone
to (force someone to) work hard, without stopping.
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