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. 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.
- n. husked but unground oats
- n. coarsely ground corn or hominy used as porridge
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
A new hero, new problems, and new, but deadly consequences — the grit is about to hit the fan!
Getting science right - Fringe's gentle pokes at parapsychology, BSG (I will believe any science if enough grit is rubbed on it), and anything computer-y said in The Big Bang Theory.
There's nothing like being on a third story roof and the fine grit from the shingles acting like marbles under your feet, making you slide toward the edge with nothing to grab to stop your fall ....
Hi Diane, I'm working on an article, but for now this is how a couple of reader's advisory superstars define rough south; although, they call it grit lit.
Imagine a world where microwave-beaming rovers cook dust into concrete landing pads … where your living quarters are dropped onto the land from above, then inflated like an inner tube … where the grit is so abrasive that even the robots have to wear protective coveralls.
Today that same grit is rebuilding a city's infrastructure, one that has been gutted by white flight to the suburbs, poor schools and high unemployment.
No it's not QUITE the same as dodging RPGs in Sadr City, but some real grit is required.
And quite frequently, dust in the air produces colored rain, like the red-tinted rain that dropped fine grit from the Sahara over southern England in 1968.
For Robert Wilonsky, The Pursuit of Happyness "is too emotionally slick to work, too visually glib to have an impact, made by people who think grit is something that's brought in by the prop department."
Oh, before I forget, the word grit can also mean a person of the lower class –