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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The basilica itself is an astonishing feat of engineering, carved 860 feet directly into the granite of the mountain. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 The counters are the splashy green Marinace granite. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Photos: Log cabin in Metamora creates lavish comforts of home," 22 June 2018 The observance was held at the Aurora police headquarters, where the names of Acting Detective Alfred Olin and Patrol Officer Thompson Richardson are etched in the black granite on a memorial wall that graces the front entrance. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "'We know their stories and their sacrifice,' Aurora police chief says at memorial service for fallen," 19 May 2018 The diamond black granite at the corner was only mined for ten years at one site in Escondido, but Fidler found it. Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Academy Museum Is Restoring This 1939 Mid-Wilshire Landmark," 5 Apr. 2018 And, looking across Main to Howard Street, the city’s historic armory is now covered with scaffolding as work moves forward in stabilizing the 122-year-old granite and brownstone structure. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "MGM Springfield Juggernaut Has Its Eye on Connecticut, New England," 25 Mar. 2018 Standing beneath one of the twin granite Manhattan Towers, all arches and rectangles with city skyscrapers rising in the distance, will at once inspire a sense of grandiosity and slightness. Katie James Watkinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Things to Do in New York," 1 Mar. 2018 Archaeologists found a giant granite sarcophagus while carrying out a routine land inspection in Alexandria, Egypt, according to a Facebook post from the ministry of antiquities. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Undisturbed Sarcophagus Found in Alexandria, Egypt," 12 July 2018 Wrapped inside the historic building is the former Western Union building, which was hidden by a granite facade during the construction of the Bank of America building. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Texans name Houston's Bank of America Center the state's most beautiful building," 11 July 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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