granite

noun
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

Other Words from granite

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

Examples of granite in a Sentence

had the granite to see the project out to the end
Recent Examples on the Web The islands are known for the famous Virgin Gorda Baths (a bay dotted with giant granite boulders); water sports such as diving and sailing; and a pace that is more casual than some of the Caribbean's hot spots. Forrest Brown And Marnie Hunter, CNN, 9 May 2022 Dreamy emerald lagoons with white sand and granite boulders have cemented the Seychelles among the top tropical oases for travelers. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, 9 Mar. 2022 Perched high among huge granite boulders, the compound features a main house connected to six more villas, each boasting spectacular panoramic views of the sailing mecca that’s the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 15 Feb. 2022 High in the San Bernardino Mountains, water seeps from the ground and trickles down the mountainside among granite boulders and bay laurel trees. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Continue north, where the road is surrounded by national forest and lined with granite boulders. BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2021 The shore is hemmed in by tall evergreens and littered with massive granite boulders. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 16 May 2019 The 75-foot-tall granite Vance Monument stood in Pack Square Plaza in the heart of downtown Asheville. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 Etched in the granite of national memory, Jan. 6 has become shorthand for an ongoing and existential battle over fair elections, the integrity of democratic institutions and the abuse of power. NBC news, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Granite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/granite. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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granite

noun
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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