grit

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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. gristle,
  2. gristly,
  3. gristmill,
  4. griswold,
  5. griswold versus connecticut,
  6. grit one's teeth,
  7. grith,
  8. grits,
  9. gritter,
  10. gritti-stokes amputation

Idioms

    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

SYNONYMS FOR grit
Related formsgrit·less, adjectivegrit·ter, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for gritter

gritter

noun

British a vehicle which spreads grit on roads during icy weather, or when icy conditions are expected

grit

noun

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

Grit

noun, adjective Canadian

an informal word for Liberal
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Word Origin and History for gritter
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