WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
grit /grɪt/USA pronunciation n., v., grit•ted, grit•ting.

n. [uncountable]
  • hard, abrasive particles, as of sand, stone, or gravel.
  • firmness of character;
    pluck:showed grit in the face of danger.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsgrit one's teeth, to show forbearance or determination by or as if by clamping or grinding the teeth together.

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    grit /ɡrɪt/ n
    1. small hard particles of sand, earth, stone, etc
    2. Also called: gritstone any coarse sandstone that can be used as a grindstone or millstone
    3. indomitable courage, toughness, or resolution
    vb (grits, gritting, gritted)
    1. to clench or grind together (two objects, esp the teeth)
    2. to cover (a surface, such as icy roads) with grit
    Etymology: Old English grēot; related to Old Norse grjōt pebble, Old High German grioz; see great, groats, gruel

    Grit /ɡrɪt/ n , adj Canadian
    1. an informal word for Liberal

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