\ ˈgrā-nē How to pronounce grainy (audio) \
grainier; grainiest

Definition of grainy

1 : resembling or having some characteristic of grain : not smooth or fine
2 of a photograph : appearing to be composed of grain-like particles

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graininess noun

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Examples of grainy in a Sentence

The mustard has a grainy texture. grainy sand kept it off the rankings as one of the nation's best beaches
Recent Examples on the Web It's suggested that the nuns improved the original Arab recipe by adding a more grainy, solid ricotta to the pastry, which was being sold around the Italian island by the 1800s. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 13 May 2022 In an attempt to raise a discussion of Rodney King and the L.A. uprising, he was dismayed to discover that his students just shrugged after watching the grainy video. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2022 The shooting was captured on a grainy police dashcam video. Omar Jimenez, CNN, 18 Apr. 2022 Lindsay was shown the grainy surveillance video of the three suspects and denied knowing them. CBS News, 2 Apr. 2022 The slightly grainy consistency called to mind apple butter. Julekha Dash, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2022 In 2019, police released a brief video clip -- footage taken from Libby's phone -- showing a grainy image of the suspect walking on the bridge near where the girls were last seen. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 31 Mar. 2022 The charcoal-gray dial, which fades to black at the rim, has a grainy texture deliberately reminiscent of antique camera cases. Alex Doak, CNN, 11 Apr. 2022 Cornell says that if the ground appears to be grainy and similar in touch to coffee grounds, then an infestation is possible. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grainy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Grainy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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