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
At ground level, a granite spiny lizard emerged from the rocks and scurried to a high point and began doing push-ups.
The granite monument was defaced with a black, tar-like substance, cemetery officials said.
The open concept plan is finished with brick and stone exterior, solid oak wood floors, beautiful cabinetry, crown molding, granite counters and high ceilings.
Marble is much softer than other durable stones (think granite!).
The gourmet island kitchen has an abundance of white 42-inch cabinets, granite counters with marble back splash, double ovens, microwave, smooth top cook top, walk-in pantry, butler’s pantry, wet bar, and hardwood flooring.
Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.
The units have granite countertops, sliding barn-style bedroom doors, stainless steel appliances, washer and dryer, and the building has an elevator.
Lin's design was incredibly controversial, with some veterans complaining that the choice of black granite indicated the nation was ashamed of the war and the sacrifice Americans made in the conflict.
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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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