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Webster 1913 Edition


Grit

Grit

,
Noun.
[OE,
greet
,
greot
, sand, gravel, AS.
greót
grit, sant, dust; akin to OS
griott
, OFries.
gret
gravel, OHG.
grioz
, G.
griess
, Icel.
grjōt
, and to E.
groats
,
grout
. See
Groats
,
Grout
, and cf.
Grail
gravel.]
1.
Sand or gravel; rough, hard particles.
2.
The coarse part of meal.
3.
pl.
Grain, esp. oats or wheat, hulled and coarsely ground; in high milling, fragments of cracked wheat smaller than groats.
4.
(Geol.)
A hard, coarse-grained siliceous sandstone;
as, millstone
grit
; – called also
gritrock
and
gritstone.
The name is also applied to a finer sharp-grained sandstone;
as, grindstone
grit
.
5.
Structure, as adapted to grind or sharpen;
as, a hone of good
grit
.
6.
Firmness of mind; invincible spirit; unyielding courage; fortitude.
C. Reade.
E. P. Whipple.

Grit

(grĭt)
,
Verb.
I.
To give forth a grating sound, as sand under the feet; to grate; to grind.
The sanded floor that
grits
beneath the tread.
Goldsmith.

Grit

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Gritted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Gritting
.]
To grind; to rub harshly together; to grate;
as, to grit the teeth
.
[Collog.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Grit

GRIT

, n.
1.
The coarse part of meal.
2.
Oats hulled, or coarsely ground; written also groats.
3.
Sand or gravel; rough hard particles.
4.
Sandstone; stone composed of particles of sand agglutinated.

Definition 2022


Grit

Grit

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English

Noun

Grit (plural Grits)

  1. (Canada, politics) A member or supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada or one of its provincial wings (except for the Quebec provincial wing).

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Grit (not comparable)

  1. (Canada, politics) Of or belonging to the Liberal Party of Canada.

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Grit

  1. Greece

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English

Noun

a pile of grit set out for grouse, which the birds swallow to assist in digesting heather

grit (uncountable)

  1. A collection of hard small materials, such as dirt, ground stone, debris from sandblasting or other such grinding, or swarf from metalworking.
    The flower beds were white with grit from sand blasting the flagstone walkways.
    1. Sand or a sand–salt mixture spread on wet and, especially, icy roads and footpaths to improve traction.
  2. Inedible particles in food.
    These cookies seem to have grit from nutshells in them.
  3. A measure of the relative coarseness of an abrasive material such as sandpaper, the smaller the number the coarser the abrasive.
    I need a sheet of 100 grit sandpaper.
  4. (geology) A hard, coarse-grained siliceous sandstone; gritstone. Also, a finer sharp-grained sandstone, e.g., grindstone grit.
  5. Strength of mind; great courage or fearlessness; fortitude.
    That kid with the cast on his arm has the grit to play dodgeball.
    • 2015 April 15, Jonathan Martin, “For a Clinton, it’s not hard to be humble in an effort to regain power”, in The New York Times, archived from the original on 6 September 2015:
      But what their admirers call grit and critics deem shamelessness can overshadow another essential element of the Clinton school: a willingness to put on the hair shirt of humility to regain power.
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Verb

grit (third-person singular simple present grits, present participle gritting, simple past and past participle gritted or (nonstandard) grit)

  1. Apparently only in grit one's teeth: to clench, particularly in reaction to pain or anger.
    We had no choice but to grit our teeth and get on with it.
    He has a sleeping disorder and grits his teeth.
  2. To cover with grit.
  3. To give forth a grating sound, like sand under the feet; to grate; to grind.
    • Goldsmith:
      The sanded floor that grits beneath the tread.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English gryt (bran, chaff), from Old English grytt, from Proto-Germanic *grutją (coarsely ground bits) (compare Dutch grut, German Grütze), ablaut variant of Proto-Indo-European *gʰr-eu-d-. See above.

Noun

grit (plural grits)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) Husked but unground oats.
  2. (chiefly in the plural) Coarsely ground corn or hominy used as porridge.
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