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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Inside, the house has polished concrete floors, gray granite countertops, and white walls. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern home offers understated indoor-outdoor living," 26 Dec. 2018 The labor cost for granite countertops is higher than the cost of the material and if prices keep going up, Mr. Shah said, customers will shift to materials that require less labor. Inti Pacheco, WSJ, "How Tariffs Could Trickle Down to Your Kitchen Remodel," 25 Dec. 2018 The largest bed of seagrass in the world lies near Lizard Island, a granite island amidst the reef. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Barrier Reef's Seagrass Is an Amazing Carbon Sink," 18 Dec. 2018 Inside, the gourmet kitchen boasts a granite island and counters, and high-end stainless-steel appliances. Shannon Rooney,, "Shore Envy: Seaside getaways in Ocean City, N.J.," 9 July 2018 But the show that’s helped me through my issue the most featured not a single black granite breakfast island or plank of shiplap. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "Is it home envy, or something else?," 29 Apr. 2018 The gourmet chef's kitchen features custom cabinetry, a granite island, Viking appliances, a warming drawer, breakfast nook, wine bar and two walk-in pantries. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Luxury homes: $3.2M Mesa mansion has NBA-style basketball court, eight-car garage," 26 Mar. 2018 There have been, however, a few modern updates, including a finished basement with a party bar and a granite island in the kitchen area. Eileen Reslen, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Actual House From 10 Things I Hate About You Is Up for Sale," 12 Mar. 2018 That’s $2,300 per month — enough to rent the 27-year-old car its own apartment with granite countertops in a downtown high-rise. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "A $21,634 bill? How a homeless woman fought her way out of tow-company hell," 17 Oct. 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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