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Definition of grit:

  1. A hard, coarse- grained siliceous sandstone; as, millstone grit; - called also gritrock and gritstone. The name is also applied to a finer sharp- grained sandstone; as, grindstone grit.
  2. Firmness of mind; invincible spirit; unyielding courage; fortitude.
  3. Grain, esp. oats or wheat, hulled and coarsely ground; in high milling, fragments of cracked wheat smaller than groats.
  4. Sand or gravel; rough, hard particles.
  5. Structure, as adapted to grind or sharpen; as, a hone of good grit.
  6. The coarse part of meal.
  7. To give forth a grating sound, as sand under the feet; to grate; to grind.
  8. To grind; to rub harshly together; to grate; as, to grit the teeth.


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