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
granitelikeplay \ˈgra-nət-ˌlīk\ adjective
graniticplay \gra-ˈni-tik\ adjective
granitoidplay \ˈgra-nə-ˌtȯid\ adjective
Examples of granite in a Sentence
had the granite to see the project out to the end
Recent Examples of granite from the Web
However, in a slightly dissonant salute to the monument's original purpose, the granite pedestal supporting the obelisk would remain the same.
Gold accents, granite and marble countertops and a color palette of indigo blues, golds, grays and burnt orange pair with bulky, dark wooden tables to create a ski-lodge feel with European taste.
At ground level, a granite spiny lizard emerged from the rocks and scurried to a high point and began doing push-ups.
In 2010, under the direction of a museum curator, a fork lift exhumed the granite block and lowered it into a truck.
In 2010, under the direction of a museum curator, a forklift exhumed the granite block and lowered it into a truck.
The granite monument was defaced with a black, tar-like substance, cemetery officials said.
The black granite firefighter memorial, which had been located at Five Points Park, has also been relocated to the new station.
Now visitors arrive to find a palatial, California-style tasting room featuring granite bar countertops, ample seating, a cozy fireplace and a large outdoor deck overlooking rows of vines.
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Origin and Etymology of granite
Italian granito, from past participle of granire to granulate, from grano grain, from Latin granum
First Known Use: 1646See Words from the same year
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: a very hard type of rock that is used in buildings and monuments
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: a very hard rock that is used for buildings and for monuments
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