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grindstone

1. 
a. a machine having a circular block of stone or composite abrasive rotated for sharpening tools or grinding metal
b. the stone used in this machine
c. any stone used for sharpening; whetstone
2. another name for millstone

grindstone

[′grīnd‚stōn]
(engineering)
A stone disk on a revolving axle, used for grinding, smoothing, and shaping.

grindstone

A rotating solid stone wheel (usually sandstone) used for grinding, shaping, sharpening, or polishing.

grindstone

or grind common metaphor for industriousness. [Pop. Culture: Misc.]
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lt;BAbove, Workers producing grindstones at a Tyneside quarry
Alternatively, water may be mixed with the seed prior to grinding (Brokensha 1975:25) or splashed on the grindstone during use, though the use of water in processing is clearly quite variable and the scarcity of water in this part of the desert probably limits the extent of this.
Reps for Grindstone declined to comment, except to say that "Dying of the Light" does not currently have a confirmed release date.
The first entities were franchises, like USI; then came market access cooperatives like Grindstone Group (see page 24).
Meanwhile, Katie (Sarah Parish) is back at the grindstone as her medical suspension ends, and resolves to work hard and play less.
There will be a bit of a party but its back to the grindstone on Wednesday," he said.
While others relax and unwind from the pressures of work, those millions will still have their noses firmly to the grindstone, according to research by first direct bank.
Friesleben said the chain this fall will raze the former Wal-Mart store, which closed earlier this year shortly before relocating with a Supercenter in the nearby Grindstone Plaza, with a tentative completion date scheduled for fall of 2008.
Like their counterparts at Ford, GM's design, engineering and manufacturing staffs have to keep their nose to the grindstone and build world-class cars and trucks.
Presently, Smith should go to Jamestown, to send Powhatan two great guns, and a grindstone.
Some might argue that we should keep our feet firmly fixed on the ground, heads down, noses to the grindstone and forget about space exploration.
Whetting is performed with a grindstone dampened with champagne.