Definition of grit in English:

grit

noun

  • 1Small loose particles of stone or sand.

    ‘she had a bit of grit in her eye’
    • ‘You may feel like you have sand or grit in your eye, and your eye may look red.’
    • ‘He was very dirty, his entire body seemingly coated with dust and grit.’
    • ‘During the course of your fishing session your line will pick up small bits of grit, sand and algae.’
    • ‘When it rains heavily all the grit on the roads tends to be washed away.’
    • ‘The agreements include all gravel lorries being covered to reduce dust and grit, and a ban on lorry movements when pupils are entering and leaving schools in Cressing Road, Witham.’
    • ‘We clung to a wire fence while wind-blown sand stung our faces and we tried to keep grit and dust out of our eyes.’
    • ‘How many times have you got a small piece of grit in your eye?’
    • ‘Marie said: ‘It seems as if the water has washed away all of the sand and grit beneath the road.’’
    • ‘Clean the cockles or clams by soaking them in cold water for at least 30 minutes to remove any sand or grit.’
    • ‘Bulbs need to be planted at about twice their depth in soil that has a bit of added grit to stop waterlogging.’
    • ‘Wash the leeks thoroughly to remove grit, then chop or slice as preferred.’
    • ‘He swallowed dust and grit and a bit of his back tooth.’
    • ‘He said a van full of sand and grit had to be used to soak up the orange juice which had spilled on to the motorway.’
    • ‘Use an appropriate scraper to remove all loose paint and grit.’
    • ‘There was a guy who used to carry his bicycle up to the third floor and pick all the bits of grit out of the tyres and chuck them down the stairs.’
    • ‘Wash them well in fresh, clear water to remove any grit or insects.’
    • ‘As the cracks widen, sand, grit, and small rocks from the overlying rubble trickle down into the fractures.’
    • ‘He further went on to explain that one of the most common eye injuries results from sand and grit entering the eye whilst playing a bunker shot.’
    • ‘Metal parts get attacked by salt and lots and lots of sand and grit.’
    • ‘Dust and grit may be especially hazardous to people who wear contact lenses.’
    gravel, pebbles, stones, shingle, sand, dust, dirt
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    1. 1.1as modifier (with numeral) indicating the grade of fineness of an abrasive.
      ‘220-grit paper’
      • ‘I applied two light layers of primer sanding after each one with 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper.’
      • ‘Sand all corners very lightly with a sanding block and 150 - grit sandpaper.’
      • ‘Using 220 - grit sandpaper, lightly sand all the surfaces of the door and frames.’
      • ‘Use a sanding block with 100 to 120 grit sandpaper for smaller areas.’
      • ‘A disk grinder with a 30 grit sanding disk works well for removing rubber.’
    2. 1.2 A coarse sandstone.
      ‘layers of impervious shales and grits’
      • ‘I skulked down the sunken path out of the village, down past the rough grit walls and rough pastures that are everywhere.’
      • ‘Most carved stones are flat-topped outcrops of the local millstone grit.’
      • ‘There is a condition restricting the output of gritstone from the Old Hutton quarry each day to 400 tonnes.’
      • ‘Tough layers of sandstone and gritstone cap the hills and moors.’
      • ‘By now we had reached 1,300 foot and had one last steep slope to climb, for which there's a diagonal sunken path leading up to bilberrys, they indicate acid soil and here that's because of a cap layer of gritstone rock.’
      • ‘This airy but demanding ridge walk is mainly in Cheshire, following the gritstone ridge with some excellent views.’
      • ‘Not all rock is the same, and gritstone is like no other.’
      • ‘Work has involved replacing the original limestone steps with gritstone that will be less slippery.’
      • ‘Our finest gritstone architecture is being devoured by road salt.’
      • ‘They were to be created from local limestone, sandstone and gritstone and each cairn was to feature a spiral design of dry stone walls emanating outwards.’
      • ‘The War Memorial Obelisk stands about 20 foot high on an outcrop of gritstone and is brilliantly situated.’
      • ‘Walls will be crafted in Yorkshire gritstone and there will be wildflower meadows, a bridge, lockkeeper's cottage, fisherman, and even dirty water in the stretch of canal.’
      • ‘The immediate terrain is straightforward - large sheep pastures with gritstone walls.’
      • ‘The warehouse has a flat tar roof which is made up of a grainy limestone grit which is covered by a cohesive material.’
      • ‘One or two gritstone quarries provide important nesting sites for peregrines and ravens.’
      • ‘The path leads straight to the sombre gritstone memorial on the edge of the moorland spur.’
      • ‘The geology here is alternating layers of limestone and shale topped with millstone grit.’
      • ‘We passed the Flying Dutchman, chugged up the lane out of town and on to a bridleway, a nice route of beech and oak and large mossy boulders of gritstone.’
      • ‘Five years ago, he formed a company to buy the complex of gritstone buildings dating from 1790.’
      • ‘What we didn't expect was to find the thing perched on a weather-sculpted and bus-sized block of gritstone.’
  • 2Courage and resolve; strength of character.

    ‘he displayed the true grit of the navy pilot’
    • ‘They displayed a grit and a willingness for the physical side of the game so often missing in the past.’
    • ‘But our boys showed true grit, managing to force the game into extra time with a well-taken goal from Parkin on 80 minutes.’
    • ‘Our backs were truly against the wall and finally some of the true grit and character that has been lying dormant for too long came flooding through.’
    • ‘It would have been no more than they deserved as they showed true grit after the dreadful start and the concession of those two early goals.’
    • ‘With home games against sides they have the ability to beat and away games against sides they have already beaten, it is now all about true grit and determination.’
    • ‘Despite their desperate position however, the Kildare girls showed their true grit and finished with a flourish.’
    • ‘This woman had strength and grit and determination.’
    • ‘But in a demonstration of the true grit of the fell runner, he managed to carry on.’
    • ‘But Jean showed her true grit and followed the first rule of business which is to learn from your failures.’
    • ‘The crew is rising to every little challenge they are given and conquering them all with true grit and sheer determination.’
    • ‘These buildings are part of what we are as Yorkshire people, they are visible expressions of our grit, determination and resolve.’
    • ‘And yet again they displayed grit, guts and determination after falling behind in a mere 21 seconds.’
    • ‘What Mark has achieved he has done with pure grit and determination, tenacity and hard work.’
    • ‘I truly believe that if you can adapt to adversity and develop true grit, you can still succeed.’
    • ‘He showed true grit as he completed the 4.3-mile run in 55 minutes in spite of suffering from prostate cancer.’
    • ‘I have seldom seen such grit, determination and resoluteness from everyone on a Waterford team.’
    • ‘It is times like these that show the true grit of a team.’
    • ‘Showing true grit, he went on to ride the bull for eight seconds and seal the title.’
    • ‘Here's a woman who through sheer grit has created a billion dollar empire.’
    • ‘At a time when economic growth is slowing down and public finances are worsening, this survey illustrates the true grit of the north when it comes to determination to succeed.’
    courage, courageousness, bravery, pluck, mettle, mettlesomeness, backbone, spirit, strength of character, strength of will, moral fibre, steel, nerve, gameness, valour, fortitude, toughness, hardiness, resolve, determination, resolution
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Clench (the teeth), especially in order to keep one's resolve when faced with an unpleasant or painful duty.

    figurative ‘Congress must grit its teeth and take action’
    ‘“Not here,” he said through gritted teeth’
    • ‘Crying out between gritted teeth, Joel pressed on.’
    • ‘His face was pale, but his teeth were gritted in determination.’
    • ‘Apparently other people don't approve when you beat their children, leaving me with no recourse but gritted teeth and raised blood pressure until the contact comes to an end.’
    • ‘‘No,’ Ellie mumbled between gritted teeth, but knew it would go unheard.’
    • ‘‘Hello, Helen… lovely to see you, Olivia,’ I managed between gritted teeth.’
    • ‘He clenched his jaw and spoke through gritted teeth.’
    • ‘Teeth were gritted, her eyes tightly shut and her arm was shaking.’
    • ‘Never has so many congratulations been offered through such painfully gritted teeth.’
    • ‘He gritted his chattering teeth, and prepared for the next wave.’
    • ‘‘You really should think twice before attacking the person who's trying to free you,’ the man said between gritted teeth.’
    • ‘His fists clenched rapidly and he had to force his next sentence out from between gritted teeth.’
    • ‘‘I think I know where we're going tonight,’ he said between gritted teeth as he turned and waved his hand to his men.’
    • ‘And with that, she left the room in a huff, her fists clenched and her teeth gritted.’
    • ‘I was seething with anger as I gritted my front teeth.’
    • ‘Your only means of expression during the game, besides gritted teeth and the steely-eyed look of total concentration, was the jerks of the stick and the pounding of the buttons.’
    • ‘My teeth are gritted so tightly that it hurts, but I snatch the front of his shirt, jerk him back to his feet and pursue my brutal interrogation in the same manner anyway, somehow, feeling vindicated.’
    • ‘His eyes are closed and his teeth are gritted as he raises the blade to his wrist.’
    • ‘Her teeth were gritted painfully as she stared at the ground, not uttering another word.’
    • ‘‘Don't you dare speak to him,’ she said between gritted teeth.’
    • ‘‘You're going to pay for that,’ Derek hissed between gritted teeth.’
  • 2no object Move with or make a grating sound.

    ‘fine red dust that gritted between the teeth’
    • ‘Sand gritted in your teeth with every bite of food and rasped the eyeballs each time you blinked your eyes.’
    • ‘I did not expect a travel story so real that I could almost feel the dust gritting between my teeth.’
    • ‘At least a third of the desert's sand was in my mouth gritting between my teeth.’
    clench, clamp together, press together, shut tightly
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Origin

Old English grēot ‘sand, gravel’, of Germanic origin; related to German Griess, also to groats.

Pronunciation

grit

/ɡrit//ɡrɪt/