grit


1grit

noun \ˈgrit\

: very small pieces of sand or stone

: mental toughness and courage

Full Definition of GRIT

1
a :  sand, gravel
b :  a hard sharp granule (as of sand); also :  material (as many abrasives) composed of such granules
2
:  any of several sandstones
3
a :  the structure of a stone that adapts it to grinding
b :  the size of abrasive particles usually expressed as their mesh
4
:  firmness of mind or spirit :  unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger
5
capitalized :  a Liberal in Canadian politics

Examples of GRIT

  1. He shook out his shoes to remove the small rocks and grit.
  2. Through resourcefulness and grit, the pioneers survived the winter.

Origin of GRIT

Middle English grete, from Old English grēot; akin to Old High German grioz sand
First Known Use: before 12th century

2grit

verb
grit·tedgrit·ting

Definition of GRIT

intransitive verb
:  to give forth a grating sound
transitive verb
1
:  to cause (as one's teeth) to grind or grate
2
:  to cover or spread with grit; especially :  to smooth (as marble) with a coarse abrasive

Examples of GRIT

  1. <the crash victim gritted his teeth as a way of coping with the pain>

First Known Use of GRIT

1762

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