gran·​ite | \ ˈgra-nət How to pronounce granite (audio) \

Definition of granite

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

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Other Words from granite

granitelike \ ˈgra-​nət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce granitelike (audio) \ adjective
granitic \ gra-​ˈni-​tik How to pronounce granitic (audio) \ adjective
granitoid \ ˈgra-​nə-​ˌtȯid How to pronounce granitoid (audio) \ adjective

Examples of granite in a Sentence

had the granite to see the project out to the end
Recent Examples on the Web Although polls are set to open late Tuesday for most of the granite state, voters in Dixville Notch came out at midnight. Fox News, "Lisa Boothe: How Bernie Sanders can get on a roll after New Hampshire and become 'unstoppable'," 11 Feb. 2020 The Pharaohs worshiped crocodiles and used the Nile to transport the giant granite blocks for the Great Pyramid of Giza. Declan Walsh And Somini Sengupta Graphics By Jeremy White Photographs By Laura Boushnak, New York Times, "For Thousands of Years, Egypt Controlled the Nile. A New Dam Threatens That.," 9 Feb. 2020 The pharaohs worshiped crocodiles and used the Nile to transport the giant granite blocks for the Great Pyramid of Giza. Declan Walsh,, "For thousands of years, Egypt controlled the Nile. A new dam threatens that.," 9 Feb. 2020 His granite-like strength and underlying vulnerability made the son of illiterate Russian immigrants one of the top stars of the 20th century. Washington Post, "AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EST," 6 Feb. 2020 Lavas include igneous rocks like basalt and granite. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Our Ancient Ancestors Were Pretty Excellent Engineers," 5 Feb. 2020 The home is outfitted with automatic interior sunshades for privacy and also features a mix of wood, marble, granite and limestone materials, according to a listing on the Houston Association of Realtors. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Live on a secluded island off Lake Conroe in this just listed, $4.25M 'Glass House'," 31 Jan. 2020 The baths use the same porcelain tile flooring found in the kitchen and have floating wood vanities topped with a sandy-colored granite. John Ellement, Real Estate, "Home of the Week: For $4.3 million, an oceanside Gloucester mansion with modern flair," 22 Jan. 2020 Hundreds of people celebrated the arrival of the 25-foot granite statue of the Hindu god Hanuman on Saturday morning at a temple in Hockessin. USA TODAY, "More pigeon hats, cushion cash, Chaka Khan: News from around our 50 states," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of granite

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for granite

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

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The first known use of granite was in 1646

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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Granite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of granite

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


gran·​ite | \ ˈgra-nət How to pronounce granite (audio) \

Kids Definition of granite

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

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