• IPA: /ˈɡɹɪt/

grit (uncountable)

  1. A collection of hard small materials, such as dirt, ground#Adjective|ground stone, debris from sandblasting or other such grinding, or swarf from metalworking.
    The flower beds were white with grit from sand blasting the flagstone walkways.
    1. Sand or a sand–salt mixture spread on wet and, especially, icy roads and footpaths to improve traction.
  2. Inedible particles in food.
    These cookies seem to have grit from nutshells in them.
  3. A measure of the 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.
  4. (geology) A hard, coarse-grained siliceous sandstone; gritstone. Also, a finer sharp-grained sandstone, e.g., grindstone grit.
  5. Strength of mind; great courage or fearlessness; fortitude.
    That kid with the cast on his arm has the grit to play dodgeball.
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grit (grits, present participle gritting; past and past participle gritted)

  1. Apparently only in grit one's teeth: to clench, particularly in reaction to pain or anger.
    We had no choice but to grit our teeth and get on with it.
    He has a sleeping disorder and grits his teeth.
  2. To cover with grit.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To give forth a grating sound, like sand under the feet; to grate; to grind.
    • The sanded floor that grits beneath the tread.
Translations Noun

grit (plural grits)

  1. (usually, in the plural) Husked but unground oats.
  2. (usually, in the plural) Coarsely ground corn or hominy used as porridge.
Related terms Translations
  • German: Hafergraupen
  • Italian: avena mondata
  • Spanish: mote de avena (South America), avena pelada


grit (plural grits)

  1. (Canada, politics) A member or supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada or one of its provincial wings (except for the Quebec provincial wing).
Related terms Adjective

grit (not comparable)

  1. (Canada, politics) Of or belonging to the Liberal Party of Canada.

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