- 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.
- to cause to grind or grate together.
- 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.
Origin of grit
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Examples from the Web for grit
In 175 well-chosen words, he sums up the trials and the grit and bravery of the civil rights movement.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece
October 16, 2014
To do so in a Salvadoran prison defies comprehension and inspires respect for their grit and determination.Out and Proud in El Salvador’s Murderous Gangland
July 13, 2014
A friend of mine is recovering from alcoholism and she just has to grit her teeth at weddings.If You're Fat You've Only Got Yourself to Blame
April 15, 2014
For me, the takeaway from these results is that creativity—just like grit—does not occupy a separate sphere from academics.Are U.S. Kids Creative Enough?
April 2, 2014
Nor am I one of those pathetic “men” too wimpy to handle the grit of parenthood.Why Men Shouldn’t Wait To Have Kids
Conor P. Williams
March 8, 2014
He's got to be flattered up, an' have some grit put into him.Tiverton Tales
For thrift, grit and perseverance, are a few of the rough grains in his character.The Book of Khalid
Peel the mushrooms; rinse them to remove any grit, and cut off the ends of the stalks.The Skilful Cook
Put them into a jar one by one, that none of the grit may stick to them; and when cold, cover them with the pickle thus made.
Says it's nothin' but just grit and hang-on that keeps him alive.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- small hard particles of sand, earth, stone, etc
- Also called: gritstone any coarse sandstone that can be used as a grindstone or millstone
- the texture or grain of stone
- indomitable courage, toughness, or resolution
- engineering an arbitrary measure of the size of abrasive particles used in a grinding wheel or other abrasive process
- to clench or grind together (two objects, esp the teeth)
- to cover (a surface, such as icy roads) with grit
- an informal word for Liberal
Word Origin and History for grit
Old English greot "sand, dust, earth, gravel," from Proto-Germanic *greutan "tiny particles of crushed rock" (cf. Old Saxon griot, Old Frisian gret, Old Norse grjot "rock, stone," German Grieß "grit, sand"), from PIE *ghreu- "rub, grind" (cf. Lithuanian grudas "corn, kernel," Old Church Slavonic gruda "clod"). Sense of "pluck, spirit" first recorded American English, 1808.
"make a grating sound," 1762, probably from grit (n.). Related: Gritted; gritting.