grit


grit
grit1 [grıt] n [U]
[Sense: 1-2; Origin: Old English greot]
[Sense: 3; Origin: Old English grytt]
1.) very small pieces of stone or sand
Make sure both surfaces are free from dust and grit.
The council is responsible for putting grit on icy roads.
2.) informal determination and courage
= ↑guts
3.) grits
AmE a type of grain that is roughly crushed and cooked, and often eaten for breakfast
grit 2
grit2 v [T] past tense and past participle gritted present participle gritting
1.) to scatter grit on a frozen road to make it less slippery
2.) grit your teeth
a) to use all your determination to continue in spite of difficulties
Just grit your teeth and hang on - it'll be over soon.
b) to bite your teeth together, especially when you are in pain, angry, or under pressure
Ben gritted his teeth, hoping Sasha wouldn't notice his fear.
'No, that's alright,' she said through gritted teeth.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Grit — Grit, n. [OE, greet, greot, sand, gravel, AS. gre[ o]t grit, sant, dust; akin to OS griott, OFries. gret gravel, OHG. grioz, G. griess, Icel. grj[=o]t, and to E. groats, grout. See {Groats}, {Grout}, and cf. {Grail} gravel.] 1. Sand or gravel;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • grit|ty — «GRIHT ee», adjective, ti|er, ti|est. 1. of or containing grit; like grit; sandy. 2. Informal, Figurative. courageous; plucky: »The gritty, grinning captain of paratroopers had fought f …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Grit — (Millstone grit, Mühlensandstein, Coal grit), der grobkörnige Sandstein der Steinkohlenformation in England und Nordamerika, insbes. die dem flözleeren Sandstein in Deutschland entsprechenden, mit Schieferton abwechselnden Sandsteine, die sich… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • Grit — (gr[i^]t), v. i. To give forth a grating sound, as sand under the feet; to grate; to grind. [1913 Webster] The sanded floor that grits beneath the tread. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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