Dictionary: GRIME – GRIPE

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GRIME, v.t.

To sully or soil deeply; to dirt. Shak.


Having a stern countenance.


Grinning with a fierce countenance. Shak.


Having a hideous or stern look. Beaum.

GRIM'LY, adv.

  1. Fiercely; ferociously; with a look of fury or ferocity. Addison.
  2. Sourly; sullenly. Shak.


Fierceness of look; sternness; crabbedness.



GRI'MY, a.

Full of grime; foul.

GRIN, n.1

The act of closing the teeth and showing them, or of withdrawing the lips and showing the teeth. Addison. Watts.

GRIN, n.2

A snare or trap. [Not in use.]

GRIN, v.i. [Sax. grinnian; G. greinen, grinsen; D. grynen, grinzen; Sw. grina; Dan. griner. In W. ysgyrnwg is a grin or snarl, and ysgorn, scorn.]

  1. To set the teeth together and open the lips, or to open the mouth and withdraw the lips from the teeth, so as to show them, as in laughter or scorn. Fools grin on fools. Young.
  2. To fix the teeth, as in anguish.

GRIN, v.t.

To express by grinning. He grinned horribly a ghastly smile. Milton.

GRIND, v.i.

  1. To perform the operation of grinding; to move a mill. Milton.
  2. To be moved or rubbed together, as in the operation of grinding; as, the grinding jaws. Rowe.
  3. To be ground or pulverized by friction. Corn will not grind well before it is dry.
  4. To be polished and made smooth by friction. Glass grinds smooth.
  5. To be sharpened by grinding. Steel grinds to a fine edge.

GRIND, v.t. [pret. and pp. ground. Sax. grindan. This word, if n is radical, may be allied to rend; if not, it coincides with grate. See Class Rn, No. 9, to make smooth, as mollis in L. allied to molo.]

  1. To break and reduce to fine particles or powder by friction; to comminute by attrition; to triturate. Take the millstones and grind meal. Is. xlvii. We say, to grind meal, but this is an elliptical phrase. The true phrase is, to grind corn to meal.
  2. To break and reduce to small pieces by the teeth. Dryden.
  3. To sharpen by rubbing or friction; to wear off the substance of a metallic instrument, and reduce it to a sharp edge by the friction of a stone; as, to grind an ax or sythe.
  4. To make smooth; to polish by friction; as, to grind glass.
  5. To rub one against another. Harsh sounds, and the grinding of one stone against another, make a shivering or horror in the body and set the teeth on edge. Bacon.
  6. To oppress by severe exactions; to afflict cruelly; to harass; as, to grind the faces of the poor. Is. iii.
  7. To crush in pieces; to ruin. Matth. xxi.
  8. To grate; as, grinding pains. Dryden.


  1. One that grinds, or moves a mill.
  2. The, instrument of grinding. Philips.
  3. A tooth that grinds or chews food; a double tooth; a jaw-tooth.
  4. The teeth in general. Dryden.


  1. Reducing to powder by friction; triturating; levigating; chewing.
  2. Making sharp; making smooth or polishing by friction.


A sandstone used for grinding or sharpening tools. Grindlestone, used by old writers, is obsolete.

GRIN'NER, n. [See Grin.]

One that grins. Addison.


Closing the teeth and showing them, as in laughter; a showing of the teeth.


With a grinning laugh.

GRIP, n.

The griffon. [Not in use.] Shak.

GRIP, n. [Dan. greb; G. griff. See Gripe.]

A grasp; a holding fast.

GRIP, n. [D. groep; Sax. græp.]

A small ditch or furrow. [Not used in America.]

GRIP, v.t.

To trench; to drain. [Not used.]


  1. Grasp; seizure; fast hold with the hand or paw, or with the arms. Shak. Dryden.
  2. Squeeze; pressure. Dryden.
  3. Oppression; cruel exactions. Shak.
  4. Affliction; pinching distress; as, the gripe of poverty.
  5. In seamen's language, the fore-foot or piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore-end. Mar. Dict.
  6. Gripes, in the plural, pain in the intestines of the character of that which accompanies a lax. This sort of pain in the intestines is technically called tormina.
  7. Gripes, in seamen's language, an assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes and hooks, fastened to ring-bolts in the deck secure the boats. Mar. Dict.