- Sand or gravel; rough, hard particles.
- The coarse part of meal.
- pl.Grain, esp. oats or wheat, hulled and coarsely ground; in high milling, fragments of cracked wheat smaller than groats.
- [Geol] 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 .
- Structure, as adapted to grind or sharpen; as, a hone of good grit .
- Firmness of mind; invincible spirit; unyielding courage; fortitude.
Etymology: OE, greet greot, sand, gravel, AS. greót grit, sant, dust; akin to OS griott, OFries. gret gravel, OHG. grioz, G. griess, Icel. grjōt, and to E. groats grout. See Groats Grout, and cf. Grail gravel