- 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 gritting
But down below, millions of Londoners from the queen on down are gritting their teeth and plugging their ears.London Mayor’s Race Shapes Up as a Grudge Match Between Ken Livingstone And Boris Johnson
May 2, 2012
But her husband, who could tell she was gritting her teeth just to get through the encounter, bailed out.The Female Sex-Pain Mystery
March 27, 2010
Normally in Hollywood, you'd think 'Oh, these people are being nice to each other publicly and they're gritting their teeth.'Behind Oscar's Biggest Battle
February 3, 2010
(It was only the amusing John gritting his teeth, I am able to explain).The Blunders of a Bashful Man
Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
"The feeling is coming back, my boy," said the Phoenix, gritting its beak.David and the Phoenix
"I'm afraid it has," replied his comrade, gritting his teeth with displeasure.The Saddle Boys in the Grand Canyon
Colon turned on the prisoner with a black face, and gritting teeth.Fred Fenton on the Crew
Gritting his teeth on the bit of his pipe, Russ cursed soundlessly.Empire
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- the spreading of grit on road surfaces to render them less slippery for vehicles during icy weather
- (as modifier)gritting lorries
- 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 gritting
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.