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 for grinding
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grind \Grind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ground; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Grinding.] [AS. grindan; perh. akin to L. frendere to
     gnash, grind. Cf. Grist.]
     1. To reduce to powder by friction, as in a mill, or with the
        teeth; to crush into small fragments; to produce as by the
        action of millstones.
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              Take the millstones, and grind meal.  --Is. xivii.
                                                    2.
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     2. To wear down, polish, or sharpen, by friction; to make
        smooth, sharp, or pointed; to whet, as a knife or drill;
        to rub against one another, as teeth, etc.
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     3. To oppress by severe exactions; to harass.
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              To grind the subject or defraud the prince.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     4. To study hard for examination; -- commonly used with away;
        as, to grind away at one's studies. [College Slang]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grinding \Grind"ing\, a. & n.
     from Grind.
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     Grinding frame, an English name for a cotton spinning
        machine.
  
     Grinding mill.
     (a) A mill for grinding grain.
     (b) A lapidary's lathe.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  grinding
      n 1: material resulting from the process of grinding; "vegetable
           grindings clogged the drain"
      2: a harsh and strident sound (as of the grinding of gears)
      3: the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water
         or wind or ice [syn: grinding, abrasion, attrition,
         detrition]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  151 Moby Thesaurus words for "grinding":
     ablation, ablative, abradant, abrasion, abrasive, absolute,
     absolutist, absolutistic, application, arbitrary, aristocratic,
     arrogant, atomization, attrition, attritive, authoritarian,
     authoritative, autocratic, beating, boning, bossy, brainwork,
     brecciation, buffing, burdensome, burnishing, chafe, chafing,
     comminution, conning, contemplation, cram, cramming, crumbling,
     crushing, despotic, detrition, dictatorial, disintegration,
     domineering, dressing, drill, drudging, engrossment, erasure,
     erosion, erosive, exercise, exhausting, extensive study, feudal,
     filing, fragmentation, fretting, galling, gnawing, granulation,
     granulization, grating, grazing, grind, grubbing, hardworking,
     harsh, headwork, heavy, high-handed, imperative, imperial,
     imperious, inspection, irritant, irritating, irritative, jangling,
     jangly, jarring, laboring, levigation, limation, lordly,
     lucubration, magisterial, magistral, mashing, masterful,
     mental labor, monocratic, onerous, oppressive, overbearing,
     overburdensome, overruling, pegging, peremptory, perusal, plodding,
     plugging, polishing, pounding, powdering, practice, rasping, raspy,
     reading, repressive, restudy, restudying, review, rubbing away,
     sandblasting, sanding, scouring, scrape, scraping, scrapy, scratch,
     scratching, scratchy, scrub, scrubbing, scuff, severe, shining,
     shredding, slaving, slogging, smashing, smoothing, stinging,
     straining, strict, striving, struggling, study, studying, subject,
     suppressive, sweating, swotting, toiling, trituration, tyrannical,
     tyrannous, wear, wearing, wearing away, wearying, weighty,
     wide reading, working
  
  

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