Meaning of GRIT in English


I. ˈgrit noun

Etymology: Middle English grete, from Old English grēot; akin to Old High German grioz sand

Date: before 12th century


a. : sand , gravel

b. : a hard sharp granule (as of sand) ; also : material (as many abrasives) composed of such granules

2. : any of several sandstones


a. : the structure of a stone that adapts it to grinding

b. : the size of abrasive particles usually expressed as their mesh

4. : firmness of mind or spirit : unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger

5. capitalized : a Liberal in Canadian politics

II. verb

( grit·ted ; grit·ting )

Date: 1762

intransitive verb

: to give forth a grating sound

transitive verb

1. : to cause (as one's teeth) to grind or grate

2. : to cover or spread with grit ; especially : to smooth (as marble) with a coarse abrasive

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.