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

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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

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That could be using a dark granite on the main counters and a contrasting lighter one for a kitchen island. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Countertop Materials," 9 May 2019 There’s a private entry gallery with a black Belgian granite floor and intricately carved double doors, a dining room that seats 14 people, a library overlooking the park and a terrace that surrounds the master suite. ... Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Fifth Avenue Triplex Owned by Nasser Family Asks $52 Million," 30 Apr. 2019 When designing the memorial plaza, Baines had the idea to place a large pentagonal flagpole in the middle, with each side representing a branch of the military, just like the granite base of the sculpture. Kyle Ringo, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial built with thousands of small contributions," 27 May 2018 When designing the plaza, Baines had the idea to place a large pentagonal flagpole in the middle, with each side representing a branch of the military, just like the granite base of the sculpture. Kyle Ringo, Houston Chronicle, "San Antonio’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial built with thousands of small contributions," 27 May 2018 In Central Park, the Sims statue, made of bronze, stands on an imposing granite base. William Neuman, New York Times, "City Orders Sims Statue Removed From Central Park," 16 Apr. 2018 The kitchen features new appliances, a granite island, a Thermador gas cook top and built-in double oven, a breakfast bar, and custom cabinetry. Nate Owen, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 2910 Mountain Road, Suffield," 18 Aug. 2017 Dangling from barely perceptible granite nubs, Mr. Honnold karate-kicked his foot out wide, shifting his body weight into the thin air above Yosemite Valley. Clint Carter, WSJ, "From Climbing Wall to Real Mountain: Can You Handle It?," 6 Mar. 2019 The rock in these areas is granite, which is good rock for free soloing, adds Honnold. Amy Marturana, SELF, "'Free Solo' Star Alex Honnold Explains How He Got Into the Terrifying Sport of Free Solo Climbing," 26 Feb. 2019

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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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granite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of granite

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

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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