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grit

noun \ ˈgrit \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

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
  • managed to survive by his grit and guile
5 capitalized : a Liberal in Canadian politics

Examples of grit in a Sentence

  1. He shook out his shoes to remove the small rocks and grit.

  2. Through resourcefulness and grit, the pioneers survived the winter.

Recent Examples of grit from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of grit

Middle English grete, from Old English grēot; akin to Old High German grioz sand


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grit

verb

Definition of grit

gritted; gritting
intransitive verb
: to give forth a grating sound
  • dry snow gritting beneath our feet
transitive verb
1 : to cause (one's teeth) to grind or grate
  • gritted his teeth and faced the challenge
2 : to cover or spread with grit; especially : to smooth (a material, such as marble) with a coarse abrasive

Examples of grit in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of grit

see 1grit

grit Synonyms



GRIT Defined for English Language Learners

grit

noun

Definition of grit for English Language Learners

  • : very small pieces of sand or stone

  • : mental toughness and courage


GRIT Defined for Kids

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grit

noun \ ˈgrit \

Definition of grit for Students

1 : rough hard bits especially of sand
2 : strength of mind or spirit
  • He had never learned to run properly, but … no one had more grit than he.
  • —Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia

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grit

verb

Definition of grit for Students

gritted; gritting
: 1grind 3, grate

Law Dictionary

GRIT

abbreviation

legal Definition of GRIT

grantor retained income trust


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