Sharpen vs Grind - What's the difference?

sharpen | grind |


As a verb sharpen

is (transitive|sometimes|figurative) to make sharp.

As a noun grind is

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sharpen

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • (transitive, sometimes, figurative) To make sharp
  • * (Edmund Burke) (1729-1797)
  • He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.
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    Antonyms

    * blunt

    Derived terms

    * sharpener

    grind

    English

    (wikipedia grind)

    Verb

    (see usage notes below )
  • To reduce to smaller pieces by crushing with lateral motion.
  • To shape with the force of friction.
  • grind a lens
    grind an axe
  • (metalworking) To remove material by rubbing with an abrasive surface.
  • To become ground, pulverized, or polished by friction.
  • This corn grinds well.
    Steel grinds to a sharp edge.
  • To move with much difficulty or friction; to grate.
  • (sports) To slide the flat portion of a skateboard or snowboard across an obstacle such as a railing.
  • To oppress, hold down or weaken.
  • (slang) To rotate the hips erotically.
  • (slang) To dance in a sexually suggestive way with both partners in very close proximity, often pressed against each other.
  • (video games) To repeat a task in order to gain levels or items.
  • To produce mechanically and repetitively as if by turning a crank.
  • To instill through repetitive teaching.
  • Grinding lessons into students' heads does not motivate them to learn.
  • (slang, Hawaii) To eat.
  • Eh, brah, let's go grind .
  • (slang) To work or study hard; to hustle or drudge.
  • (Farrar)

    Usage notes

    * In the sports and video game senses, the past participle and past tense form grinded is often used instead of the irregular form ground. * Historically, there also existed a past participle form grounden, but it is now archaic or obsolete. * When used to denote sexually suggestive dancing between two partners, the past participle and past tense form grinded is almost always used.

    Derived terms

    * bump and grind * have an axe to grind

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of reducing to powder, or of sharpening, by friction.
  • A specific degree of pulverization of coffee beans.
  • This bag contains espresso grind .
  • A tedious task.
  • This homework is a grind .
  • A grinding trick on a skateboard or snowboard.
  • (archaic, slang) One who studies hard; a swot.
  • (subgenre of heavy metal)