• WordNet 3.6
    • v grit clench together "grit one's teeth"
    • v grit cover with a grit "grit roads"
    • n grit fortitude and determination "he didn't have the guts to try it"
    • n grit a hard coarse-grained siliceous sandstone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Grit (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 .
    • Grit Firmness of mind; invincible spirit; unyielding courage; fortitude.
    • Grit Grain, esp. oats or wheat, hulled and coarsely ground; in high milling, fragments of cracked wheat smaller than groats.
    • Grit Sand or gravel; rough, hard particles.
    • Grit Structure, as adapted to grind or sharpen; as, a hone of good grit .
    • Grit The coarse part of meal.
    • v. i Grit grĭt To give forth a grating sound, as sand under the feet; to grate; to grind. "The sanded floor that grits beneath the tread."
    • v. t Grit To grind; to rub harshly together; to grate; as, to grit the teeth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grit The coarse part of meal.
    • n grit plural Oats or wheat hulled or coarsely ground; small particles of broken grain; sizings: as, oaten or wheaten grits.
    • n grit Sand or gravel; rough hard particles collectively.
    • n grit Soil; earth.
    • n grit In geology, any silicious rock of which the particles have sharp edges, so that it can be used for grinding. The best-known grit-rock is the millstone-grit (see that word, and carboniferous), to which belongs much of the rock used in England for grindstones. The best-known and most important gritstone in the United States is the so-called Berea grit or sandstone. See sandstone.
    • n grit The structure of a stone in regard to fineness and closeness or their opposites: as, a hone of fine grit.
    • n grit Firmness of mind; courage; spirit; resolution; determination; pluck.
    • n grit In Canada, an extreme Liberal: so called by the opposite party.
    • grit To give forth a grating sound, as of sand under the feet; grate.
    • grit To grate; grind: as, to grit the teeth.
    • n grit A kind of crawfish; the sea-crab.
    • grit A Scotch variant of great.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Grit grit the coarse part of meal: gravel: a kind of hard sandstone: firmness of character, spirit:
    • Grit grit a Scotch form of great.
    • n Grit grit (pl.) oats coarsely ground, groats
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  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “A grindstone that had not grit in it, how long would it take to sharpen an ax? And affairs that had not grit in them, how long would they take to make a man?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. greót; Dut. grut, groats, Ger. gries, gravel.


In literature:

He was in no hurry to get up now, but sat there in a half-dazed way, rubbing the side of his head, and gritting his teeth savagely.
"Darry the Life Saver" by Frank V. Webster
Still they proved their grit by keeping on, as if determined to stick it out.
"Pathfinder" by Alan Douglas
My mammy had more grit dan any gal I now knows of has in her craw.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
He's quite a feller when it comes to grit.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
If the soil is heavy, top-dress with grit in the fall.
"Making A Rock Garden" by Henry Sherman Adams
Your kind of grit is helping me.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
I verily believe that the whole army was of the real grit.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Can't you see them gritting their teeth at me?
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The blows landed, but seemingly had no effect, for Randerson merely gritted his teeth and pressed forward.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Then, gritting his teeth, he put them on.
"The Story of Leather" by Sara Ware Bassett

In poetry:

"Two hundred year have we been here,
It's terrible hard to quit . . .
Tho' I'se nigh broken, give me, Lord,
Grit to work on wi'—Grit!"
"Farmer Hodgson's Prayer" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
I much admire, I must admit,
The man who robs a Bank;
It takes a lot of guts and grit,
For lack of which I thank
The gods: a chap 'twould make of me
You wouldn't ask to tea.
"Bank Robber" by Robert W Service
Never a nerve that failed,
Never a cheek that paled,
Not a tinge of gloom or pallor—
There was bold Kentucky's grit,
And the old Virginian valor,
And the daring Yankee wit.
"The Bay-Fight" by Henry Howard Brownell
Enough to snuff the quick
Of her small heat out, but before the weight
Of stones and hills of stones could break
Her down to mere quartz grit n that stony light
She turned back.
"Hardcastle Crags" by Sylvia Plath
Nae questions he spiered her concerning her health,
He looked at her often, but aye 'twas by stealth;
When his heart it grew grit, and often he feigned
To gang to the door to see if it rained.
"Auld Robin Gray" by Henry Morley
Must they die, and die in vain,
Like a flock of shambled sheep?
Then the Yankee grit and brain
Must be dead or gone to sleep,
And our sailors’ gallant story of a hundred years of glory
Let us sell for a song, selling cheap!
"Albemarle Cushing" by James Jeffrey Roche

In news:

Striedel gives the grit to go with FLC beauty.
The Curious Case of Max Ford: Bomber Defensive stalwart grits through nasty knee injury to return to the gridiron .
Getaway Car Found in Slaying of L.A. 'True Grit ' Wears the Coen Brothers' Stamp.
True Grit remake is almost out of theaters so I had to see it.
True Grit has been in theaters for over a month and it's up for a bunch of Oscars so I thought I better see it so I can see if it deserves the awards it's nominated for.
Swatragh's grit decisive as first title is secured.
'Dancing in the Dark' mixes the Depression's grit , gloss.
Echoes of Grit and Humor.
Denver Broncos' short week goes a long way in showing team's grit .
Parducci Uncorks Its True Grit .
The stars of the upcoming Coen brothers film True Grit sampled Parducci's Petite Sirah of the same name at a recent screening.
Notre Dame's Creative Grit .
Race to replace McGuinty has tripled Grit ranks.
True West' has true grit .
4 Michigan uses defense, grit to hold off Pittsburgh.

In science:

On the polished side of the die, each gold bar had a band of indeterminate composition on either side, where the polishing created a wedge of silicon, gold, and polishing grit mixed together.
Constraints on Yukawa-Type Deviations from Newtonian Gravity at 20 Microns
Expert panels evaluating research: decision-making and sources of bias. Research Evaluation 13 (2004) 51-62. Laudel, Grit, & Gloria Origgi, Special issue on the assessment of interdisciplinary research.
Past Performance as Predictor of Successful Grant Applications: A Case Study