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Definition of grinding:

  1. from Grind.
  2. The softer inorganic matter composing part of the surface of the globe, in distinction from the firm rock; soil of all kinds, including gravel, clay, loam, and the like; sometimes, soil favorable to the growth of plants; the visible surface of the globe; the ground; as, loose earth; rich earth.

Synonyms:

fricative, two-tone, bone-crushing, wearing away, chopping, excruciating, reducing to dust, smashing, sorry, splintering, inaudible, comminutive, sadly, rhythmic, staccato, crunching, utterly, excoriation, hopelessly, corrasion, granulating, milling, broken, unspeakable, detrition, pulverizing, triturative, abrasion, attrition, scratch, contriteness, thorough, crumbling, powdering, cracking, contrition, downright, crushing, such as it is, utter, disintegrating, shivering, eroding, scrape.

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