gran·​ite | \ˈgra-nət \

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 \ adjective
granitic \ gra-​ˈni-​tik \ adjective
granitoid \ ˈgra-​nə-​ˌtȯid \ adjective

Examples of granite in a Sentence

had the granite to see the project out to the end

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Not having the names inscribed on the black granite wall has drawn out a tragic memory for some Evans crewmen and families of the lost. Tylisa C. Johnson,, "74 sailors died during a Vietnam warfare exercise, but their names aren't on D.C. memorial," 9 July 2018 Its founding collection of some 1,000 works of Near Eastern, Asian, and Southeast Asian art was donated along with $4 million in 1982 by a physician, Arthur M. Sackler, whose name is carved on the building’s exterior gray granite walls. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 Ed Ernsberger quickly scanned the names of police dogs inscribed on two freshly unveiled granite walls at the Ohio Police K9 Memorial in Amelia. Jeanne Houck,, "'I cried like a baby,' ex-deputy says of police K-9 memorial in Clermont County," 8 June 2018 Think of Chicago’s great buildings and how their materials contribute to their aesthetic power: The massive red granite walls at the base of The Rookery. Blair Kamin,, "The message of material: How the Obama Center gets built looms large," 18 May 2018 Along Southwest Corridor Park, a poem and piece of prose are carved in granite in the vicinity of nine MBTA Orange Line stations, from Jamaica Plain to Tufts Medical Center. Cindy Cantrell,, "Making Boston’s poetry visible," 26 Apr. 2018 Below, on a hillside of granite and greenstone, was the wreckage of a B-24D bomber that went down Dec. 21, 1943 during a flight to test the plane’s systems in extreme cold. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "How one man’s obsession led to the discovery of a lost WWII pilot," 30 June 2018 The house has wood flooring, granite and marble counters, brick and wood ceiling details and a whole-house A/V system. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Hollywood money manager buys $3.8 million Paradise Valley mansion," 25 June 2018 The centerpiece of the area is Caples Lake, edged by granite and forest at 7,800 feet, an hour’s drive south of Lake Tahoe, 90 minutes east of Jackson. Tom Stienstra,, "High Sierra paradise for free (and for sale)," 21 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of granite

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


gran·​ite | \ˈgra-nət \

Kids Definition of granite

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

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