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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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This year, the acquisition will slightly grind down Procera's earnings.
Cardiff may well look to keep the ball among their forwards for long stretches to grind down their rivals, and if anyone crosses the line, the likes of flanker Ma'ama Molitika and Martyn Williams look just as likely to be the men to do so.
The injury-hit Cypriot then called for two medical time-outs in the fourth set but he somehow dug deep into his reserves of physical and mental energy to grind down Mackin in a match that lasted four hours and 20 minutes.
But at least Bradford maintained their winning run and gained a timely confidence boost, although it took them an hour to grind down a battling Hull side.
The experience of 33-year-old Forshaw was decisive as Bradford overcame the absence of five regulars through injury, illness and suspension to grind down Widnes.
Psycho Nilsen, who dismembered and boiled the bodies of 15 victims, gets pounds 15 a week to grind down thousands of unsold copies of the Popstars album.