from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Minute rough granules, as of sand or stone.
- n. The texture or fineness of sand or stone used in grinding.
- n. A coarse hard sandstone used for making grindstones and millstones.
- n. Informal Indomitable spirit; pluck.
- transitive v. To clamp (the teeth) together.
- transitive v. To cover or treat with grit.
- intransitive v. To make a grinding noise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. husked but unground oats
- n. coarsely ground corn or hominy used as porridge
- n. Collection of hard small materials, such as dirt, ground stone, debris from sandblasting or other such grinding, swarf from metalworking.
- n. Inedible particles in food.
- n. A character trait that encompasses courage, fearlessness, or guts.
- n. A measure of relative coarseness of an abrasive material such as sandpaper.
- v. To clench, particularly in reaction to pain or anger; apparently only appears in gritting one's teeth.
- v. To cover with grit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sand or gravel; rough, hard particles.
- n. The coarse part of meal.
- n. Grain, esp. oats or wheat, hulled and coarsely ground; in high milling, fragments of cracked wheat smaller than groats.
- n. A hard, coarse-grained siliceous sandstone; ; -- called also gritrock and gritstone. The name is also applied to a finer sharp-grained sandstone.
- n. Structure, as adapted to grind or sharpen.
- n. Firmness of mind; invincible spirit; unyielding courage; fortitude.
- intransitive v. To give forth a grating sound, as sand under the feet; to grate; to grind.
- transitive v. To grind; to rub harshly together; to grate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The coarse part of meal.
- n. plural Oats or wheat hulled or coarsely ground; small particles of broken grain; sizings: as, oaten or wheaten grits.
- n. Sand or gravel; rough hard particles collectively.
- n. Soil; earth.
- n. In geology, any silicious rock of which the particles have sharp edges, so that it can be used for grinding.
- n. The structure of a stone in regard to fineness and closeness or their opposites: as, a hone of fine grit.
- n. Firmness of mind; courage; spirit; resolution; determination; pluck.
- n. In Canada, an extreme Liberal: so called by the opposite party.
- To give forth a grating sound, as of sand under the feet; grate.
- To grate; grind: as, to grit the teeth.
- n. A kind of crawfish; the sea-crab.
- A Scotch variant of great.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cover with a grit
- n. fortitude and determination
- v. clench together
- n. a hard coarse-grained siliceous sandstone
Middle English gret, sand, from Old English grēot.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English gryt ‘bran, chaff’, from Old English grytt, from Proto-Germanic *grutjan ‘coarsely ground bits’ (compare Dutch grut, German Grütze), ablaut variant of Proto-Indo-European *gʰr-eu-d-. See above. (Wiktionary)
With early modern vowel shortening, from Middle English grete, griet, from Old English grēot, from Proto-Germanic *greutan (compare German Grieß, Swedish gryta), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰr-eu-d- (compare Lithuanian grúodas ‘frost; frozen street dirt’, Serbo-Croatian grȕda ‘lump’). (Wiktionary)