• WordNet 3.6
    • adj gritty willing to face danger
    • adj gritty composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency "granular sugar","the photographs were grainy and indistinct","it left a mealy residue"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gritty Containing sand or grit; consisting of grit; caused by grit; full of hard particles.
    • Gritty Spirited; resolute; unyielding.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gritty Containing sand or grit; consisting of grit; full of or covered with hard particles; sandy.
    • gritty Courageous and resolute; determined; plucky.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Gritty having hard particles: sandy: determined, plucky
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Nitty gritty - If people get down to the nitty gritty, they concentrate on the most important and serious issues.


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


In literature:

The cheap sticks make a coarse and gritty ink which does not print well.
"Wood-Block Printing" by F. Morley Fletcher
Over Benson hangs a white haze of limestone, gritty with train and foundry smoke.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Grind up the brick and it forms a gritty powder.
"Lessons on Soil" by E. J. Russell
Also, when she moved, there was a gritty, grinding sound, which at once suggested to me that she was lying upon a bed of coral.
"The First Mate" by Harry Collingwood
They still gave the first polish with a piece of sandstone or a gritty pebble.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Milt stripped off his overalls and derby-crown, and washed his big, firm hands with gritty soft soap.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
The sand underfoot is kind of rose-colored, and not really gritty.
"The Dope on Mars" by John Michael Sharkey
Upon it, were some scraps of coarse paper, and a superannuated steel pen in very reduced and gritty circumstances.
"Mugby Junction" by Charles Dickens
The celebrated Pozzolana sand makes the best mortar in the world, from its gritty nature.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Paste or powder that is not gritty should be used.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts

In poetry:

The sword, the lance,
The morris dance,
The highland song, the greenwood ditty,
Of these I read,
Or, when the need,
My Miller grinds me grist that's gritty!
"De Amicitiis" by Eugene Field

In news:

Read on for the nitty-gritty about going to the crowd in the cloud for funding.
Republican candidate for US Senate Charlie Summers speaks at a campaign stop at a Gritty McDuff's pub, Thursday, Oct 4, 2012, in Portland, Maine.
Republican candidate for US Senate Charlie Summers, center, chats with his wife, Ruth, during a campaign stop at a Gritty McDuff's pub, Thursday, Oct 4, 2012, in Portland, Maine.
The Hurt Locker director is tipped for success during Hollywood's upcoming awards season with her gritty new thriller based on the hunt for terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden.
The Houston Texans overcame bitterly cold conditions and driving rain to beat the Chicago Bears 13-6 on Sunday in a gritty clash between two of the top defenses in the NFL.
Director Danny Boyle joins campaign to restore Henry Moore sculpture to gritty east London.
In a physical yet spirited Olympic final, the US overcame a gritty effort by Spain to capture the men's basketball gold medal.
We're suckers for nitty-gritty detail.
Hot off his starring turn in "Magic Mike," Alex Pettyfer is in final negotiations to play Kristen Stewart's love interest in Nick Cassavetes' gritty action pic " Cali .
'The Notebook' director takes on gritty action pic.
Nick Cassavetes ("The Notebook") will direct the gritty action pic " Cali ," in which Kristen Stewart is set to star.
Martin (Song of Ice and Fire series), Dozois ( Strange Days ) and Abraham ( A Shadow in Summer ) revisit classic themes of exploration, exploitation and what it means to be human in this gritty SF adventure.
Oak Hill solidified themselves as a team to beat this year in the MAIS Class AA after defending their home court against Kirk in a gritty 62-53 win Thursday night.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling bids goodbye to the boy wizard when she releases her first novel for adults, a gritty tale of poverty and politics in an idyllic English village.
4 Michigan gets the early test it needed, and passes with a gritty win over Pitt.

In science:

At no stage of our presentation we care about the detail ’nitty-gritty’ of the nature of the gravitating bodies with which the gravitation field is associated.
Complex aspects of gravity