A facial expression comprised by flexing the muscles of both ends of one's mouth, often showing the front teeth, without vocalisation, and in humans is a common involuntary or voluntary expression of happiness, pleasure, amusement or anxiety.
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, passage=Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady.
*:Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile? ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
* See also
* archaic smile
* Chelsea smile
* Glasgow smile
* vertical smile
(ambitransitive) To have (a smile) on one's face.
* , chapter=7
The Mirror and the Lamp
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To express by smiling.
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, passage=I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled
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To express amusement, pleasure, or love and kindness.
To look cheerful and joyous; to have an appearance suited to excite joy.
- When last I saw thy young blue eyes, they smiled .
* Alexander Pope
- The sun smiled down from a clear summer sky.
To be propitious or favourable; to countenance.
- The desert smiled , / And paradise was opened in the wild.
- The gods smiled on his labours.
(see usage notes below
To reduce to smaller pieces by crushing with lateral motion.
To shape with the force of friction.
- grind a lens
(metalworking) To remove material by rubbing with an abrasive surface.
To become ground, pulverized, or polished by friction.
- grind an axe
- This corn grinds well.
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.
- Steel grinds to a sharp edge.
(slang, Hawaii) To eat.
- Grinding lessons into students' heads does not motivate them to learn.
(slang) To work or study hard; to hustle or drudge.
- Eh, brah, let's go grind .
* 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.
* bump and grind
* have an axe to grind
The act of reducing to powder, or of sharpening, by friction.
A specific degree of pulverization of coffee beans.
A tedious task.
- This bag contains espresso grind .
A grinding trick on a skateboard or snowboard.
(archaic, slang) One who studies hard; a swot.
(subgenre of heavy metal)
- This homework is a grind .