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granite

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noun gran·ite \ˈgra-nət\

Simple Definition of granite

  • : a very hard type of rock that is used in buildings and monuments

Full Definition of granite

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  unyielding firmness or endurance <the cold granite of Puritan formalism — V. L. Parrington>

gran·ite·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
gra·nit·ic play \gra-ˈni-tik\ adjective
gran·it·oid play \ˈgra-nə-ˌtȯid\ adjective

Examples of granite

  1. <had the granite to see the project out to the end>



Origin of granite

Italian granito, from past participle of granire to granulate, from grano grain, from Latin granum


First Known Use: 1646

Rhymes with granite



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