grinder

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grind +‎ -er

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grinder (plural grinders)

  1. One who grinds something, such as the teeth.
    • 2010, A. J. Larner, A Dictionary of Neurological Signs (page 68)
      Masseter hypertrophy may become apparent in persistent grinders.
  2. (anatomical) A molar.
  3. A power tool with a spinning abrasive disc, used for grinding, smoothing, and shaping materials, usually metal.
  4. A sandwich made on a long, cylindrical roll.
    I am going to the deli to get a grinder for lunch.
    • 1996, Michael Craig Budden, Protecting Trade Secrets under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act: Practical Advice for Executives, Westport, Conn.: Quorum Books, ISBN 978-1-56720-016-4, page 20:
      It was reported that the recipes for the secret sauce and grinder sandwiches were proprietary, known only to the current president of the corporation and the former owner of the restaurant.
  5. A kitchen gadget for processing coffee, herbs etc. into small or powdered pieces
  6. The restless flycatcher (Seisura inquieta) of Australia, which makes a noise like a scissors grinder.

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The usage of grinder and related terms for sandwiches varies widely. In the Philadelphia area, for example, a "grinder" is distinguished from a "hoagie" in that the grinder is toasted or baked, and usually lacks lettuce.

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