: a very hard natural igneous rock formation of visibly crystalline texture formed essentially of quartz and orthoclase or microcline and used especially for building and for monuments
Examples of GRANITE
- <had the granite to see the project out to the end>
Origin of GRANITE
from past participle of granire
to granulate, from grano
grain, from Latin granum
First Known Use: 1646
Related to GRANITE
- decidedness, decision, decisiveness, determinedness, firmness, determination, purposefulness, resoluteness, resolution, resolve, stick-to-itiveness
- hesitation, indecision, indecisiveness, irresoluteness, irresolution, vacillation
granite noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Coarse- or medium-grained intrusive rock that is rich in quartz and alkali feldspar. One of the most common rocks of the Earth's crust, it is formed by the cooling of magma. Granite was once used extensively as paving blocks and building stone, but today its principal uses are as roadway curbing, veneer for building faces, and tombstones. Granite characteristically forms irregular masses of extremely variable size, ranging from less than 5 mi (8 km) in maximum dimension to larger masses (batholiths) that are often hundreds of square miles in area.
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