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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.
  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.

Usage notes[edit]

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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