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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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,, "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 In Richford, the border cuts through farm fields and forests with occasional granite markers in the ground. Wilson Ring, The Seattle Times, "Former police chief recalls foiling terrorism case at border," 4 Feb. 2019 Falling away between granite walls and pines that poked out of deep billowy drifts, its untouched powder reflected the strong bluebird day sun. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town," 5 Dec. 2018 Wilber notes that installing quartz or granite countertops could double the cost of your project. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Financing," 11 Feb. 2019 To our left, sloping to the sea, was a granite mound off which swells bounced and broke into waves. Jamie Brisick, WSJ, "The Rush of Bodysurfing in Rio: A Traveler’s Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, kicked things off by acquiring the old Whitney Museum building, an imposing granite inverted ziggurat on Madison Avenue, and changing the name to the Met Breuer, a nod to its architect, Marcel Breuer. Lauren Ho, Condé Nast Traveler, "Architectural Reboot: The Return of Brutalism," 20 Dec. 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 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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