grit

noun
\ ˈgrit How to pronounce grit (audio) \

Definition of grit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : sand, gravel
b : a hard sharp granule (as of sand) also : material (as many abrasives) composed of such granules
2 : any of several sandstones
3a : 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

grit

verb
gritted; gritting

Definition of grit (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for grit

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of grit in a Sentence

Noun He shook out his shoes to remove the small rocks and grit. Through resourcefulness and grit, the pioneers survived the winter. Verb the crash victim gritted his teeth as a way of coping with the pain
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Penn State has won with offense (59-0 over Maryland), defense (17-12 against Iowa) and grit (17-10 versus Pittsburgh). Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "5 things we learned about Big Ten football after Week 10, including trick plays are fun and Illinois-Northwestern will matter. Plus, our updated power rankings.," 4 Nov. 2019 The Reds have been in sparkling form and are playing with the confidence, and grit, required to achieve greatness. SI.com, "Liverpool vs Genk Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 4 Nov. 2019 His family and friends will always remember him as an outgoing man with a big smile, full of Irish wit and grit. courant.com, "Michael Connolly," 3 Nov. 2019 Diamond grit blades, which retail for slightly more, are used widely for cutting through steel, concrete and other materials. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Smugglers are sawing through new sections of Trump’s border wall," 3 Nov. 2019 Diamond grit blades, which retail for slightly more, are used widely for cutting through steel, concrete and other materials. Nick Miroff, The Denver Post, "Smuggling gangs are sawing through new sections of Trump’s border wall," 3 Nov. 2019 Diamond-grit blades, which retail for slightly more, are used widely for cutting through steel, concrete and other materials. Nick Miroff, Twin Cities, "Smugglers are sawing through new sections of the border wall," 2 Nov. 2019 Diamond-grit blades, which retail for slightly more, are used widely for cutting through steel, concrete and other materials. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Smugglers are sawing through new sections of Trump’s border wall," 2 Nov. 2019 For the mom who is over cleaning up messes: A robot vacuum to do the work for her Moms who have kids spend a lot of time cleaning up crumbs, sand, and other mysterious grit. Anna Heyman, USA TODAY, "The 20 best gift ideas your mom will love for Christmas," 29 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is important: Damp eggs will make toast soggy and grits watery. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "How to Poach An Egg With Confidence And Grace," 21 Oct. 2019 But while Son looks far ahead, the question is, will his backers grit their teeth through potential volatility and believe in the CEO’s goals? Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "WeWork Is Just the Latest Miss In SoftBank’s Rocky Year," 21 Sep. 2019 A week after Lamar Jackson led an unstoppable offense with his arm, the Ravens leaned on his legs to grit out a 23-17 win Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Instant analysis: Behind Lamar Jackson’s 120 rushing yards, 2 TD passes, Ravens hold off Cardinals, 23-17," 15 Sep. 2019 Backstage the 10 campaigns were crammed in individual cinder-block bunkers, outfitted with TVs so staffs could grit their teeth while watching their bosses flail. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "The Democratic debate is being held at ‘ground zero’ for the threat of rising seas. Can the climate candidate get a word in edgewise?," 27 June 2019 Kids can rejoice, and the parents who love them can grit their teeth and go along for the ride. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baby Shark Live! is coming to Milwaukee this fall. Tickets go on sale July 12.," 9 July 2019 In one of Maye’s pictures, a runner is gritting his teeth midstride while, a few feet behind him, the limo creeps along in ominous pursuit, a ghostly white hand visible in the car’s tinted windows. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Speed Project: A Crazy, 340-Mile Desert Relay," 21 June 2018 Myers tried to impress with his new team, gritting through an ailing wrist. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "With big salaries coming, Wil Myers getting on track would be big for Padres," 20 June 2018 Gone are the days of gritting your teeth through gritty soy lattes to avoid the gastrointestinal effects of lactose and dairy fat; a new, smoother, tastier league of mylks has arrived to appease dairy haters of every ilk. Marian Bull, GQ, "The Best Non-Dairy Milks for Every Occasion," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of grit

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1762, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for grit

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of grit was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Grit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gritted. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for grit

grit

noun
How to pronounce grit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grit

: very small pieces of sand or stone
informal : mental toughness and courage

grit

noun
\ ˈgrit How to pronounce grit (audio) \

Kids Definition of grit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

grit

verb
gritted; gritting

Kids Definition of grit (Entry 2 of 2)

Legal Definition of GRIT

grantor retained income trust

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