[ grit ]
/ grɪt /
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.
sand or other fine grainy particles eaten by fowl to aid in digestion.
verb (used with object), grit·ted, grit·ting.
to cause to grind or grate together.
verb (used without object), grit·ted, grit·ting.
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
before 1000; Middle English gret, griet, grit, Old English grēot; cognate with German Griess, Old Norse grjōt pebble, boulder; see grits
Related formsgrit·less, adjectivegrit·ter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gritter (1 of 3)
/ (ˈɡrɪtə) /
British a vehicle which spreads grit on roads during icy weather, or when icy conditions are expected
British Dictionary definitions for gritter (2 of 3)
/ (ɡrɪt) /
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
verb grits, gritting or gritted
to clench or grind together (two objects, esp the teeth)
to cover (a surface, such as icy roads) with grit
Derived Formsgritless, adjective
Word Origin for grit
Old English grēot; related to Old Norse grjōt pebble, Old High German grioz; see great, groats, gruel
British Dictionary definitions for gritter (3 of 3)
/ (ɡrɪt) /
noun, adjective Canadian
an informal word for Liberal
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