grit

Grit is a coarse, gravelly dust. If you don't rinse dried beans before you cook them, you may end up crunching grit between your teeth.

Grit is small, sandy pieces of rock or stone. Another way to use the word grit is to mean a determined, courageous attitude. If you have grit, you'll keep trying to climb a rock wall no matter how many times you slip and fall. Charles Portis's 1968 novel "True Grit" tells the story of a young girl in the 1800s who embodies this quality, persevering through extreme difficulty and struggle.

Definitions of grit
  1. noun
    a hard coarse-grained siliceous sandstone
    synonyms: gritrock, gritstone
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    type of:
    sandstone
    a sedimentary rock consisting of sand consolidated with some cement (clay or quartz etc.)
  2. verb
    cover with a grit
    grit roads”
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    type of:
    coat, surface
    put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
  3. verb
    clench together
    grit one's teeth”
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    type of:
    clench
    squeeze together tightly
  4. noun
    fortitude and determination
    synonyms: backbone, gumption, guts, moxie, sand
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    fortitude
    strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
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