granite

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noun gran·ite \ˈgra-nət\

Definition of granite

  1. 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. 2 :  unyielding firmness or endurance the cold granite of Puritan formalism — V. L. Parrington

granitelike

play \ˈgra-nət-ˌlīk\ adjective

granitic

play \gra-ˈni-tik\ adjective

granitoid

play \ˈgra-nə-ˌtȯid\ adjective

Examples of granite in a Sentence

  1. had the granite to see the project out to the end

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Origin and Etymology of granite

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


GRANITE Defined for English Language Learners

granite

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Definition of granite for English Language Learners

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


GRANITE Defined for Kids

granite

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noun gran·ite \ˈgra-nət\

Definition of granite for Students

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



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