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GRIND

(1)
GRaphical INterpretive Display.

A graphics input language for the PDP-9.

["GRIND: A Language and Translator for Computer Graphics", A.P. Conn, Dartmouth, June 1969].

grind

(2)
(MIT and Berkeley) To prettify hardcopy of code, especially LISP code, by reindenting lines, printing keywords and comments in distinct fonts (if available), etc. This usage was associated with the MacLISP community and is now rare; prettyprint was and is the generic term for such operations.

grind

(3)
(Unix) To generate the formatted version of a document from the nroff, troff, TeX, or Scribe source.

grind

(4)
To run seemingly interminably, especially (but not necessarily) if performing some tedious and inherently useless task. Similar to crunch or grovel. Grinding has a connotation of using a lot of CPU time, but it is possible to grind a disk, network, etc.

See also hog.

grind

(5)
To make the whole system slow. "Troff really grinds a PDP-11."

grind

(6)
"grind grind" excl. Roughly, "Isn't the machine slow today!"
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There's stateliness in her beehive hair, a stern refinement in her vinyl handbag and bird book - and yet, you can feel the crude muscularity of her inner organs grinding away in her meaty, solid body.
Despite a payroll of 37,000 to serve the Congress--including the staffs of the Congressional Budget Office, General Accounting Office, Congressional Research Service and Office of Technology Assessment--and more than two million people grinding away in the federal bureaucracy, official Washington seems to have no idea where it has been or where it is going.
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I think we had enough chances to win two games there to be honest, but they stuck in and were grinding away.
Chapman said: "We couldn't get going at all in the first half but we kept grinding away and we were a different team in the second half.
He's been grinding away all season so he's obviously coming in with a lot of snooker behind him.
All the other lads are there grinding away with scratched goggles while he's got red ones, blue ones, orange ones, and he gets some abuse from the lads, although I think he deserves it.
It is becoming a war of attrition, each side grinding away support for the other as the Mubarak regime continues trying to weather this storm.
No games are easy and we need to keep grinding away.
Even at two down, we knew that if we kept grinding away and pulled one back, a second would follow as our fitness told.
Scioscia has noted more than once that McPherson might have been grinding away too hard, but the rookie claimed he wasn't putting extra pressure on himself.
Keep grinding away and the quality we've got will get us through - but we've got to do it quickly.