Etymology 1 
With early modern vowel shortening, from Middle English grete, griet, from Old English grēot, from Proto-Germanic *greutą (compare German Grieß, Swedish gryta), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰr-eu-d- (compare Lithuanian grúodas ‘frost; frozen street dirt’, Serbo-Croatian grȕda ‘lump’).
- Collection of hard small materials, such as dirt, ground stone, debris from sandblasting or other such grinding, swarf from metalworking.
- The flower beds were white with grit from sand blasting the flagstone walkways.
- Inedible particles in food.
- Tastes like grit from nut shells in these cookies.
- A character trait that encompasses courage, fearlessness, or guts.
- That kid with the cast on his arm has the grit to play dodgeball.
- A measure of relative coarseness of an abrasive material such as sandpaper.
- I need a sheet of 100 grit sandpaper.
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- To clench, particularly in reaction to pain or anger; apparently only appears in gritting one's teeth.
- We had no choice but to grit our teeth and get on with it.
- He has a sleeping disorder and grits his teeth.
- To cover with grit.
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Etymology 2 
Middle English gryt ‘bran, chaff’, from Old English grytt, from Proto-Germanic *grutjan ‘coarsely ground bits’ (compare Dutch grut, German Grütze), ablaut variant of Proto-Indo-European *gʰr-eu-d-. See above.
grit (plural grits)
- (usually in plural) husked but unground oats
- (usually in plural) coarsely ground corn or hominy used as porridge