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  Dictionary Definition of grit

grit
noun
1. fine, stony, or hard particles such as are deposited like dust from the air or occur as impurities in food, etc.
2. Geology a sandstone composed of coarse angular grains and very small pebbles.
3. firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck.
-- verb ( gritted, gritting )
-- verb (t)
4. to clamp (the teeth) together, especially as a way of bolstering up one's courage or ability to endure.
-- verb (i)
5. to give forth a grating sound, as of sand under the feet; grate.
[ME gre ( e ) t, OE greot, c. G Griess. Cf. GRITS ]
-- gritless, adjective