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

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. Unabridged
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grit (ɡrɪt)
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]

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

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Whilst the major roads are gritted, snow is starting to settle, and a risk of ice is going be a nasty one tonight.
We have already gritted our teeth and bailed out those bankers.
But she gritted her teeth and stuck to it, putting every ounce of strength and will power into her strokes.
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