noun gran·ite \ˈgra-nət\

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

Full Definition of GRANITE

:  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
:  unyielding firmness or endurance <the cold granite of Puritan formalism — V. L. Parrington>
gran·ite·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
gra·nit·ic \gra-ˈni-tik\ adjective
gran·it·oid \ˈgra-nə-ˌtid\ 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

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with GRANITE

GRANITOID Defined for Kids


noun gran·ite \ˈgra-nət\

Definition of GRANITE for Kids

:  a very hard rock that is used for buildings and for monuments


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