Grinder vs Sub - What's the difference?

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Sub is a synonym of grinder.

Grinder is a synonym of sub.

As nouns the difference between grinder and sub

is that grinder is (anatomical) a molar while sub is a submarine.

As a verb sub is

(us|informal) to substitute for or sub can be to coat with a layer of adhering material; to planarize by means of such a coating.

As a preposition sub is


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(en noun)
  • 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 .
  • (anatomical) A molar.
  • A power tool with a spinning abrasive disc, used for , smoothing, and shaping materials, usually metal.
  • A sandwich made on a long, cylindrical roll.
  • I am going to the deli to get a grinder for lunch.
  • *
  • A kitchen gadget for processing coffee, herbs etc. into small or powdered pieces
  • The restless flycatcher (Seisura inquieta ) of Australia, which makes a noise like a scissors grinder.
  • Usage notes

    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.


    * (sandwich) submarine sandwich, sub, hoagie, torpedo, spuckie, hero, hero sandwich

    Derived terms

    * coffee grinder * bench grinder * angle grinder * die grinder



    Etymology 1

    Shortened form of any of various words beginning sub- , such as submarine, subroutine, substitute, subscription. The sandwich is so called because the bun's cylindrical shape resembles the shape of a submarine.


    (en noun)
  • A submarine.
  • A submarine sandwich—a sandwich made on a long bun.
  • We can get subs at that deli.
  • (US, informal) A substitute.
  • With the score 4 to 1, they brought in subs .
    She worked as a sub until she got her teaching certificate.
  • (British, informal) A substitute in a football (soccer) game: someone who comes on in place of another player part way through the game.
  • * 1930 , Boy's Live, Philip Scruggs, There Can Be Victory , page 20
  • At any other school you would be playing varsity, and Wallace has you pigeon-holed on the subs'." "Maybe he has his reasons," Jim replied. "And he hasn't pigeon-holed me on the ' subs yet — not this season.
  • (British, informal, often in plural) Short for subscription: a payment made for membership of a club, etc.
  • (informal) A submissive in BDSM practices.
  • * 2004 , Paul Baker, Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang?
  • ...roleplay where a sub or bottom takes care of a top's bodily and hygiene needs...
  • * 2007 , Laurell K Hamilton, The Harlequin
  • "It means that I'm both a sub and a dom." "Submissive and dominant," I said. He nodded.
  • * 2008 , Lannie Rose, How to Change Your Sex
  • Typically a dom and a sub have a more or less standard routine that they like to go through all the time.
  • (Internet, informal) A subtitle.
  • I've just noticed a mistake in the subs for this film.
  • (computing, programming) A subroutine (sometimes one that does not return a value, as distinguished from a function, which does).
  • * 2002 , Nathan Patwardhan, Ellen Siever, Stephen Spainhour, Perl in a nutshell
  • The default accessor can be overridden by declaring a sub of the same name in the package.
  • * 2004 , P. K. McBride, Introductory Visual Basic.NET (page 49)
  • So far, all the subs and functions that we have used have been those built into the system, or those written to handle events from controls...
  • (colloquial, dated) A subordinate.
  • (colloquial, dated) A subaltern.
  • Synonyms
    * (submarine sandwich) grinder, hoagie
    * (submarine sandwich) sandwich


  • (US, informal) To substitute for.
  • (US, informal) To work as a substitute teacher, especially in primary and secondary education.
  • (British, informal, football) To replace (a player) with a substitute.
  • He never really made a contribution to the match, so it was no surprise when he was subbed at half time.
  • (British, informal, football) Less commonly, and often as sub on , to bring on (a player) as a substitute.
  • ''He was subbed on half way through the second half, and scored within minutes.
  • (British) To perform the work of a subeditor or copy editor; to subedit.
  • (UK, slang, transitive) To lend.
  • * 2011 , Rowland Rivron, What the F*** Did I Do Last Night?
  • I kept up the pleasantries as we were drying our hands and, realizing I didn't have any change for the lodger, I asked him, one drummer to another like, if he could sub me a quid for the dish.
  • (slang) To subscribe.
  • (BDSM) To take a submissive role.
  • * Alicia White, Jessica's Breakdown (page 53)
  • You've never subbed before. Jessica will be expecting a man on stage that follows orders and enjoys what she's going to be doing. Do you want to be spanked? Possibly whipped?
  • * 2012 , Tiffany Reisz, Little Red Riding Crop
  • Wasn't like she'd never subbed before. She'd been a sub longer than she'd been a Dominatrix–ten years she'd spent in a collar.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) sub.


    (English prepositions)
  • Under.
  • Verb

  • To coat with a layer of adhering material; to planarize by means of such a coating.
  • (microscopy) To prepare (a slide) with an layer of transparent substance to support and/or fix the sample.
  • * 1997 , Marina A. Lynch, S. M. O'Mara (editors), Ali D. Hames, D. Rickwood (series editors), Neuroscience Labfax , page 166,
  • Ensure that gloves are worn when handling subbed' slides. Although the following protocol describes '''subbing with gelatin, slides may also be coated with either 3-(triethoxysilyl-)propylamine (TESPA) or poly-L-lysine for ''in situ hybridization.

    See also

    * switch (one who is willing to take either a sadistic or a masochistic role)


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