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Definition of Grit


  1. Sand or gravel; rough, hard particles.
  2. The coarse part of meal.
  3. Grain, esp. oats or wheat, hulled and coarsely ground; in high milling, fragments of cracked wheat smaller than groats.
  4. 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.
  5. Structure, as adapted to grind or sharpen; as, a hone of good grit.
  6. Firmness of mind; invincible spirit; unyielding courage; fortitude.
  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.

Grit Quotations

Heroes are never perfect, but they're brave, they're authentic, they're courageous, determined, discreet, and they've got grit.
Wade Davis

Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.
John Ortberg

The guitar has a kind of grit and excitement possessed by nothing else.
Brian May

It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Jessamyn West

I can't think of anyone I admire who isn't fuelled by self-doubt. It's an essential ingredient. It's the grit in the oyster.
Richard Eyre
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Grit Translations

grit in Dutch is grind, gravel, gruis, steengruis
grit in Finnish is sora
grit in French is gravier
grit in German is Kies, Kies, Streusand
grit in Swedish is gott gry, grus, gry
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