With early modern vowel shortening, from Middle English grete, griet, from Old English grēot, from Proto-Germanic *greutą (compare German Grieß, Swedish gryta), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰr-eu-d- (compare Lithuanian grúodas ‘frost; frozen street dirt’, Serbo-Croatian grȕda ‘lump’).
- Collection of hard small materials, such as dirt, ground stone, debris from sandblasting or other such grinding, swarf from metalworking.
- The flower beds were white with grit from sand blasting the flagstone walkways.
- Sand or a sand-salt mixture used to improve traction on wet and, especially, icy roads and footpaths.
- Inedible particles in food.
- It tastes like grit from nutshells in these cookies.
- A measure of 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.
- (geology) A hard, coarse-grained siliceous sandstone; gritstone. Also, to a finer sharp-grained sandstone, e.g. grindstone grit.
- 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:
- 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.
- To clench, particularly in reaction to pain or anger; apparently only appears in gritting one's teeth.
- We had no choice but to grit our teeth and get on with it.
- He has a sleeping disorder and grits his teeth.
- To cover with grit.
- To give forth a grating sound, like sand under the feet; to grate; to grind.
- The sanded floor that grits beneath the tread.
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.
grit (plural grits)
- (chiefly in the plural) husked but unground oats
- (chiefly in the plural) coarsely ground corn or hominy used as porridge