grainy

adjective
\ ˈgrā-nē \
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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Other words from grainy

graininess noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for grainy

Synonyms

coarse, grained, granular, granulated

Antonyms

dusty, fine, floury, powdery, superfine, ultrafine

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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

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Some of these same stars have even treated us to a more intimate look at what their lives were like growing up, posting blasts-from-the-pasts in sometimes-grainy video form for their fans. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "These Childhood Home Videos of Your Fave Celebrities Are Almost Too Cute to Handle," 11 July 2018 The film's grainy visual texture, however, is mostly unremarkable, with cinematographer Manuel Albert Claro's handheld camera darting nervously back and forth between killer and victim in what becomes a monotonous pattern. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The House That Jack Built': Film Review | Cannes 2018," 15 May 2018 The answer lies in this grainy surveillance tape that was taken from a quick trip gas station off of interstate 80 in Iowa. Fox News, "Karl Rove: Blankenship is a bigot and a moron," 4 May 2018 This milk was creamy, rich, and not remotely grainy. Sophie Lucido Johnson, Bon Appetit, "How Many Cashews Does It Take to Cure My Anxiety?," 2 May 2018 One set of grainy footage, taken by a CNN photographer, shows Deri cocking his gun, another, captured on CCTV cameras, shows Nowarah, wandering alone on the edge of the protest with his school bag on his back, suddenly fall to the ground. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "After a killing, an Israeli soldier and an Arab family confronted justice," 16 June 2018 One set of grainy footage, taken by a CNN photographer, shows Deri cocking his gun, another, captured on CCTV cameras, shows Nowarah, wandering alone on the edge of the protest with his school bag on his back, suddenly fall to the ground. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "After a killing, an Israeli soldier and an Arab family confront justice," 16 June 2018 The famous 1967 Patterson-Gimlin Film — the grainy footage of an ape-like creature walking in a forest, which serves as a sort of religious tablet to Bigfoot believers — was recorded nearby, at Bluff Creek. Leah Sottile, SFChronicle.com, "Gone ‘squatchin’: How to hunt for Bigfoot," 8 June 2018 The hearings offered charlatans and heroes, revelations of corruption and paeans to justice, as if paper-rattling soap operas, mostly starring white men in suits, spun out in grainy footage beneath the Capitol rotunda. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress has the makings of riveting televised political drama," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of grainy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grainy was in the 15th century

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grainy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of grainy

: not smooth or fine

of a photograph : not clear or sharp because of having a picture formed from many dots that are large enough to be seen

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