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grit

grit

 
pronunciation:
grIt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: tiny abrasive particles, as of sand.
The quarry workers were covered with grit.Bits of grit still remained in the spinach after washing.
similar words:
gravel, sand
definition 2: hardiness of character; indomitable spirit.
The firefighters displayed their grit and determination fighting this fire.
synonyms:
backbone, guts, hardiness, mettle, moxie, pluck
antonyms:
faintheartedness
similar words:
courage, gumption, nerve, resolution, spirit, stamina, strength, tenacity
definition 3: a coarse-grained sandstone used to make grindstones.
similar words:
sandstone
definition 4: the texture or abrasive power of a surface used in grinding or sanding.
synonyms:
abrasiveness
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: grits, gritted, gritting
definition 1: to clamp and grind (the teeth) together.
She gritted her teeth as the nurse stitched the wound.
synonyms:
gnash, grind
definition 2: to treat with grit; abrade.
synonyms:
sand
similar words:
abrade, grind
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make a grating or grinding noise, as if by scratching with grit.
similar words:
grate
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  rock, stone