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 main residence combines touches of old and new, as period millwork and molding mingle with stainless steel appliances and splashes of granite. Jack Flemming,, "Actress Glenn Close brings bucolic New York farmhouse to market," 18 June 2019 The museum agreed, and the massive block of granite was wrapped in burlap and shipped overseas. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Penn Museum Just Floated a 12-Ton Sphinx Out a Window," 13 June 2019 The sound that ball makes off his bat—like someone hitting a slab of granite with a hammer—is what makes Vlad Jr. worth a weekly check-in. Jon Tayler,, "There's No Villain in the Madison Bumgarner-Max Muncy Spat," 11 June 2019 These blocks can be made of granite Belgian block cobbles or a prefabricated concrete aggregate block. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Easy Landscape Design That'll Make Your Driveway 10 Times More Attractive," 19 Apr. 2019 Smaller stone paths, already partly overgrown with grasses, and hunks of granite give today’s children something to explore. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Gateway to what?," 28 June 2018 The memorial also includes a mural wall by designer Louis Nelson, consisting of black granite etched with faces of military support personnel, nurses, truck drivers, medics and chaplains. Bart Barnes,, "Frank Gaylord, who sculpted Korean War Veterans Memorial, dies at 93," 30 Mar. 2018 The district was also a perfect setting for Mr. Rosselló, a retired owner of a high-end marble, granite and tile company, to start a new business. Catherine Elton, WSJ, "A Bohemian Neighborhood in Peru Gets a Luxury Lift," 10 Jan. 2019 Yes, concrete can scratch and stain, but so can pretty much every other material, including granite and marble. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Concrete Countertops: Is the Home Trend All It's Cracked up to Be?," 12 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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