grit

[grit]
noun
1.
abrasive particles or granules, as of sand or other small, coarse impurities found in the air, food, water, etc.
2.
firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck: She has a reputation for grit and common sense.
3.
a coarse-grained siliceous rock, usually with sharp, angular grains.
4.
British, gravel.
5.
sand or other fine grainy particles eaten by fowl to aid in digestion.
verb (used with object), gritted, gritting.
6.
to cause to grind or grate together.
verb (used without object), gritted, gritting.
7.
to make a scratchy or slightly grating sound, as of sand being walked on; grate.
Idioms
8.
grit one's teeth, to show tenseness, anger, or determination by or as if by clamping or grinding the teeth together.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English gret, griet, grit, Old English grēot; cognate with German Griess, Old Norse grjōt pebble, boulder; see grits

gritless, adjective
gritter, noun


2. resolution, fortitude, courage.
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grit (ɡrɪt)
 
n
1.  small hard particles of sand, earth, stone, etc
2.  Also called: gritstone any coarse sandstone that can be used as a grindstone or millstone
3.  the texture or grain of stone
4.  indomitable courage, toughness, or resolution
5.  engineering an arbitrary measure of the size of abrasive particles used in a grinding wheel or other abrasive process
 
vb , grits, gritting, gritted
6.  to clench or grind together (two objects, esp the teeth)
7.  to cover (a surface, such as icy roads) with grit
 
[Old English grēot; related to Old Norse grjōt pebble, Old High German grioz; see great, groats, gruel]
 
'gritless
 
adj

Grit (ɡrɪt)
 
n, —adj
an informal word for Liberal

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Word Origin & History

grit
O.E. greot "sand, dust, earth, gravel," from P.Gmc. *greutan "tiny particles of crushed rock" (cf. O.S. griot, O.Fris. gret, O.N. grjot "rock, stone," Ger. Grieß "grit, sand"), from PIE ghreu- "rub, pound, crush" (cf. Lith. grudas "corn, kernel," O.C.S. gruda "clod"). Sense of "pluck, spirit" first
recorded Amer.Eng. 1808. Gritty in sense of "unpleasant" (of literature, etc.) is 1882, in reference to the sensation of eating gritty bread.
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Slang Dictionary

grit definition


  1. n.
    courage; nerve. : It takes a lot of grit to do something like that.
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grit

sedimentary rock that consists of angular sand-sized grains and small pebbles. The term is roughly equivalent to the term sandstone (q.v.).

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Example sentences
Her white blood was strong in her and she had grit and endurance and a vital courage.
Through sheer grit and determination, these companies have weathered the recession and they're ready to grow.
They collected more samples, using tape to dab the grit.
Only the grit was useful, mostly for industrial applications such as dental
  drills and hacksaw blades.
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